Devlali Camp

History of Devlali Camp

Devlali Camp, is a small hill station and a census town in Nashik district, Maharashtra.

Devlali 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.

Devlali Camp is 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 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 Devlali Cantonment was one of the largest in India at the time of its development by the British.

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