Pune is the largest city in the Western Ghats and it is the second largest metropolis in Maharashtra the ninth in all of India. This city is located 560 m above sea level on the Deccan plateau. Pune has numerous historical places as it was once the centre power of the Maratha Empire.
Pune was known as Punawadi long back. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire lived his teenage years in Pune. Pune became the centre of Political importance in 17th century and there are various monuments which were constructed during those times and they still stand still.
Here are some of the most popular Historical Places in Pune: -
Shaniwarwada is a palace in Pune which was constructed in the year 1736 as the seat of Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire. This palace consisted of a 13 floor building but it was destroyed in the mysterious fire and today, one can only see its foundation. Most parts of the palace were destroyed in 1828 by a fire. The cause of the fire was unknown but the structure has still survived has it has become a tourist site at the present time.
Shaniwarwada timings: 8 am to 5pm (free entry)
How to reach Shaniwarwada Palace – This palace is well connected by road to other parts of the city and you can get there by hiring an auto rickshaw from any part of the city.
Aga Khan Palace
Aga khan Palace, currently known as Gandhi National Memorial Society, is a palace built in the year 1892 by Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III in the city of Pune. Aga Khan Palace was originally constructed as an act of charity by Aga Khan in order to help the poor in the different areas of Pune. This Palace was the prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife and his secretary from 1942 to 1944. This palace was donated to the people of India by Aga Khan IV as sign of respect for Gandhi.
How to reach Aga Khan Palace – Gandhi National memorial society is well connected by road to the other parts of the city and it is located quite close to the Pune airport.
Lal Mahal is amongst the most well-known monuments in the city of Pune. Lal Mahal (Red Palace) was established by Shivaji Maharaj’s father Shahaji Bhonsle for his wife and son. Shivaji lived in this palace after he was sent with his mother to this place until he captured the Torna fort in the year 1645. The palace was mostly destroyed but it was renovated by Pune Municipal Corporation in the year 1998. Lal Mahal is very well connected to other parts of Pune by road. One can reach there from any part of the city by hiring an auto rickshaw.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
It is quite interesting how this museum came into existence. Dr. Dinkar Kelkar started his exhibit collection in the 1920s and he had about 15,000 exhibits by 1960s which became quite an attraction not only to his friends and guests but tourists from other countries. That is when he was able to turn this private exhibit into a regional Museum for western India. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is located at Natu Baug, Off. Bajirao Road, Raja Kelkar Sangrahalay Road, Shukrawar Peth, Pune.
Here are some of the other historical places in Pune: -
- Shinde’s Chhatri
- Vishram Baug Wada
- Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum
- Mahatma Phule Museum
- Kesari Wada
- Tilak Museum
- National War Museum
- Tribal Museum