Poonah, a district and its capital in the Bombay Presidency. The former has an area of 5,347 miles, and, being situated on the plateau of the Deccan, enjoys a dry and healthy climate. It is broken by spurs from the Ghats to the west, but the eastern part is level and fertile. Railways connect it with Bombay and with Madras. The chief river is the Bhima, flowing N. to S. The town of Poonah stands on a bare plain, 2,000 feet above sea-level, and close to the Ghats, being 80 miles S.E. of Bombay. Besides the administrative buildings, there are cantonments for a large force, a Government college, and other institutions.