Pune is a sprawling city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Pune, formerly known as Punavadi and Poona, is also called the “Queen of the Deccan,” and is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Pune has also been an education hub and one of the fastest growing cities in India. It is also known as "Oxford of the East" due to the presence of several well-known educational institutions in the city. It is now an IT hub of India with major IT companies. It boasts of the National Film & Television Institute, the National Film Archives, the National Chemical Laboratory, the National Institute of Virology, the National AIDS Research Institute and the National Defence Academy. The climate in Pune remains salubrious throughout the year. It is surrounded by hills and at least four rivers traverse the city. It has the right blend of a metropolis and a small town and has thus become the popular choice for people from all over the country. Its excellent weather and peaceful life in the city have earned it the nickname ‘Pensioners’ ‘Paradise’!Climate during March is quite pleasant. Pune with its rich cultural heritage and architectural feats from the Mughal period offer several tourist attractions to the visitors. It offers myriad of excursions that shouldn’t be missed while on a tour to Pune. From forts to pilgrims, caves to temples and beaches to hill stations.