Deccan Gymkhana

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Deccan Gymkhana
Neighbourhood
Nickname(s): 
Deccan
Deccan Gymkhana is located in Maharashtra
Deccan Gymkhana
Deccan Gymkhana
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 18°31′06″N 73°50′26″E / 18.5184°N 73.8406°E / 18.5184; 73.8406Coordinates: 18°31′06″N 73°50′26″E / 18.5184°N 73.8406°E / 18.5184; 73.8406
Country India
StateMaharashtra
DistrictPune
TalukaPune City
Government
 • BodyPune Municipal Corporation
Languages
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
411004
Telephone code020-
Vehicle registrationMH-12
Lok Sabha constituencyPune
Vidhan Sabha constituencyShivajinagar, Pune
Civic agencyPune Municipal Corporation
Chhatrapati Sambhaji Garden

Deccan Gymkhana is an area in Pune city named for the Deccan Gymkhana Sports Club, which lies in the centre of the city. This famous club was started in October 1906 by a few forward-thinking, civic-minded citizens, the chief founder being Mr. Balkrishna Narayan Bhajekar.

Roses for sale in Pune, India on the occasion of Valentines Day in 2019

The Deccan Gymkhana Club and Society was established on the land owned by Shiledar Shirole (Patil) family who agreed to lease the land because Lokmanya Tilak had taken the initiative. The Deccan Gymkhana area comes in the Shivajinagar suburban area, the area has many cafés, entertainment areas, restaurants, shopping malls and shops and is one of the major areas of Pune. Important roads like Karve Road, Jangali Maharaj Road and Fergusson College Road originate in this area. This area is well linked to the rest of Pune by PMPML buses. This area is close to the Pune Municipal Corporation. This area has Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje Park, one of the famous parks in the city. Tilak Road serves as a link between Swargate and Deccan Gymkhana, while the Laxmi Road links this area to Pune Cantonment. This area also has the famous Deccan Gymkhana Sports Club and the PYC Hindu Gymkhana. There is famous Temple of Lord Hanuman, Balbheem Temple in the area. The area is surrounded with greenery.

Entertainment and Food[edit]

City Pride Multiplex (opposite to Deccan Gymkhana PMPML depot) is situated in this area. There are restaurants on Fergusson College road. The famous Irani cafe, "Cafe Good Luck" was established here in 1935, on the FC road.[1]

Transport[edit]

PMPML Buses[edit]

Deccan Gymkhana has a major bus stand of PMPML, the local bus service in Pune. Bus service to almost all parts of the city is available here.

Metro[edit]

A halt for Pune Metro has been proposed here.

Sports[edit]

Deccan Gymkhana Sports Club[edit]

Deccan Gymkhana Sports Club is a sports club situated in central Pune, after which the surrounding area is named. It was established on 5 October 1906, the chief founder being Mr. Balkrishna Narayan Bhajekar. The membership stood at 16 in 1908 and is currently almost 6000.

There are facilities for Swimming, Waterpolo, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Gymnasium, Cricket, Table Tennis, Billiards and card-playing. It has 11 tennis courts and a clubhouse.

History[edit]

This sports club has hosted Davis Cup matches. This was also the host of MPL (Maharashtra Premier League) cricket matches. This club also host the NECC ITF Women's Tennis Championship 2009 from 16 November 2009 to 22 November 2009.

PYC Hindu Gymkhana[edit]

PYC Hindu Gymkhana or PYC club is situated in Deccan Gymkhana area of Pune. It has two basketball courts, a cricket ground and four tennis courts. Volleyball is also on offer. This is one of the famous sports clubs in Pune.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deccan Gymkhana: There's a lot in a name". The Times of India. 26 May 2002. Retrieved 25 May 2013.

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