Devlali, Devlali Camp
|Elevation||515 m (1,690 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
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.1 The town's neighboring village of Bhagur is famous for being the birthplace of freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who was a revolutionary leader and founder of Abhinav Bharat Society and Free India Society. The Golf course inside the Deolali Cantonment was one of the largest in India at the time of its development by the British.2
As of 2001[update] India census,3 Deolali had a population of 50,617. Males constitute 55% of the population and females constitute 45%. Deolali has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 83% and, female literacy is 70%. In Deolali, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Nearby villages include Belatgavhan.
Deolali was a British Army camp 100 miles north-east of Mumbai. 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.
- "Nashik district official site". Nashik.nic.in. 1948-01-30. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
- "Nashik district Official Site - History". Nashik.nic.in. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- Questions & Answers: Doolally tap:, Michael Quinion, 1996–2005, World Wide Words
- District map, Nashik district
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