Pune is a city located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the capital of Pune District in which it is located. It is the 8th largest city in India with a population of 4.5 million, and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra.
It is located roughly 160 kilometres east of Mumbai at an altitude of 560 metres above sea level. It is situated at the eastern edge of the Western ghats on the Deccan plateau.
Pune has a reputation for its several esteemed colleges and educational institutions, a reason why it is called 'Oxford of the East' (or 'Oxford of India') and is also home to many software and IT companies. Pune is widely considered the cultural capital of Marathi-speaking Maharashtrians. Although Marathi is the main language of Pune, its cosmopolitan population speaks several other languages like English, Hindi and Gujarati.