|Elevation||515 m (1,690 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||MH - 15|
Maharashtra is known for its abundance of greenery and scenic locales. One such hill station, set amongst the Sahyadri Hills of the state, is Deolali. A popular weekend getaway and health camp, Deolali has long been an important army base. Deolali, Camp, one of the oldest Indian military centers in the country, started the Air Force Station, the School of Artillery of the Indian Army, and other establishments in this region.
Located in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, Deolali has plenty of temples, picnic spots, vast tracts of untouched greenery and an atmosphere that is perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of bigger cities like Mumbai and Pune. With its beautiful landscape, many places to visit and enviable shopping options, Deolali continues to live up to its reputation as a destination to reckon with every year.
Around the town, It is also a town with various health sanatoriums and temples, including the Muktidham temple at Nashik Road. The town is also famous for Buddhist caves, popularly known as Pandavleni Caves. The golf course, inside the Deolali Cantonment, was one of the largest in India at the time of its development by the British.
As of 2001[update] India census, Deolali had a population of 54,027. Males constitute 52% of the population and females constitute 48%. Deolali has an average literacy rate of 90%, higher than the state average of 85%: male literacy is 94% and, female literacy is 85%. In Deolali, 11.26% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Deolali now has a number of schools including three Kendriya Vidyalayas (CBSE Board), an Army School (CBSE Board), Barnes School (ICSE Board) and a few following the State board like St.Patrick Convent High School. Deolali railway station is very close to the cantonment where a large number of important trains halt. Located 17 km from Nashik city, soon there will be air connectivity as an Air Terminal has been constructed at Ozar airfield.
Notable place to visit is the Temple Hill, as it is called Khandobachi Tekdi in local language, incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Nearby villages include Belatgavhan, Nanegaon, Bhagur, Sansari, Lahvit, Vihitgaon.Sansari is a small village in the town also resident to the former late Member of Parliament Shri Rajabhau Parashram Godse and current MP Shri Hemant Tukaram Godse. Actor Arjun Rampal hails from Deolali.
Deolali was a British Army camp 100 miles north-east of Mumbai (then called Bombay). It was the original location of the Army Staff College (now the Defence Services Staff College of India and the Command and Staff College of Pakistan).
It is also the source of the British slang noun doolally tap, loosely meaning "camp fever", and referring to the apparent madness of men waiting for ships back to Britain after finishing their tour of duty. By the 1940s this had been widely shortened to just "doolally", an adjective meaning "mad (insane)" or "eccentric". The town was the setting for the first four series of the British sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum, set in 1945.
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