Pune district has been at the center of Maharashtrian and Marathi history for more than four hundred years, beginning with the Deccan sultanates and followed by the Maratha Empire.
As they say in Marathi: “Fulala sugandha maticha”! True to that saying, the history of those kingdoms and the lives of those who built them, were formed by the land that nurtured them.
Maval was the land of the Mavale, the hardy men whom Shivaji led into a daring adventure in the 17th century. Many of Shivaji’s comrades (and, later, a number of his soldiers) came from the Maval region in the district’s western mountains, including Yesaji Kank, Suryaji Kakade, Baji Pasalkar, Baji Prabhu Deshpande and Tanaji Malusare. Shivaji traveled the hills and forests of the Sahyadri range with his Maval friends, acquiring skills and familiarity with the land which would be useful in his military career.
The literal meaning of Maval from Marathi is “the land over which the sun sets” which is the eastern slopes and the foothills of the Sahyadris.
Grant Duff, a British soldier and historian and the author of the 3-volume tome published in 1826 “A History of the Mahrattas” described Maval’s rugged topography and flora as “scenery which everywhere presents itself is of the grandest kind”. Maval is one of the world’s highly bio diversified regions. Steeped in history with Karla Caves, Lohgad and Bhaje in close proximity, Maval is also blessed with a pleasant climate round the year and boasts of picture-perfect natural surroundings. The Pavana lake as well as Lonavala are within the region. And now the pleasant surprise….Maval is a tehsil in Pune district and very easily accessible from the city on the Pune Mumbai Expressway corridor.
A leading developer of Pune has acquired a large land parcel in these pristine environs. A planned 250 acre fully integrated township has received all the mandatory approvals and is being launched soon. The township is coming up at Urse Central just two kilometres from the Talegaon Toll Plaza on the Expressway. It is a smartly designed township that has just horizontal development – no high-rises and only villas on offer. A mere 20 minute drive from the IT hub of Hinjawadi as well as the industrial hub of Chakan makes it a smart alternative to leave behind the cluttered concrete towers and start living in a bungalow . The connect with history and being one with nature is a bonus.