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Aga Khan Palace

Today was a pretty busy day for catching all the sites of Pune (well ones I thought would be worth seeing)

I definitely recommend the markets near to the Ganesh Temple in Pune - unfortunately as a tourist I was not allowed into the temple but it is pretty small and you can observe from the street through the glass wall into the temple - it is amazing - Gold and jewels everywhere - photos are forbidden too so none to show sorry - but definitely worth a visit. The market is as you can expect - absolute chaos and full of all the normal market produce - chickens, pots, pans, spices, silks, colours of all descriptions, fruit & vegetables, cooking dhal, all yummy stuff.

The sites I decided to visit include:

1. Aga Khan Palace 2.

Aga Khan Palace
Shaniwar Wada
3. Sarasbaug Ganpati  4. Parvati Hill Temple

 

Aga Khan Palace or Gandhi National Memorial

This palace was built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Agakhan III. He was elected as the President of the League of Nations in 1938 and was well renowned in the field of politics and sports. The palace was later donated to India by Aga Khan IV in 1969 as a mark of respect to Gandhiji and his philosophy.

It is a national monument of India’s freedom movement.

Aga Khan Palace - Where remains of Mahatma Ghandi lie
Following the launch of Quit India movement in 1942, Gandhiji; his wife Kasturba, and his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai were imprisoned at the palace from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944. Mahadevbhai and Kasturba died while in captivity at the Agakhan palace and their samadhis are located in the campus.

Situated near the River Mula, the palace is a simple memorial to Gandhi and his life.

 

Location: Aga khan Palace, Nagar road, beyond Fitzgerald Bridge

Entrance was 100 Rps for Tourists.

 

Shaniwar Wada

Built in 1736, the Shaniwar Wada was once the palace of the great Peshwa rulers. The Fort was burnt down in a major fire in 1827, but the massive walls still remain.

Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs. 16,120. Several additions were made to the palace like fortification walls with bastions, gates and court halls by his successors. Many famous travellers and politicians/military figures stayed here and talked about the unparallelled luxury and wealth of their hosts. 

What was once a seven storied structure was gutted by a fire in the palace. Only the remains can be seen now like the fortification walls with five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the entire palace. The main gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates are called Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.

The walls in the palace were painted with scenes from Ramayana (रामायण) (an ancient Sanscrit epic about the story of a prince, Rama of Ayodhya, whose wife Sita is abducted by the demon (Rākshasa) king of Lanka, Rāvana) and Mahabharata (महाभारत) one of the longest epic poems in the world.

Shaniwar Wada

There is also a sixteen petal lotus-shaped fountain standing in the garden to highlight the amazing work of those times. They do have a light show in the evenings but I didn't stay for it, but have been told it is worth seeing.

Entrance was 100 Rps for Tourists.

 

Sarasbaug Ganpati

This is a large park with a temple inside • many people sit around taking in the beauty of the gardens which a re really well maintained with plenty of benches and grass for kids to play football and cricket.

The Sarasbaug temple houses the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak (God who makes wishes true).

Sarasbaug Ganpati
In the 18th century, soon after completion of Shree Devdeveshwar Temple on Parvati hill, Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa turned his attention towards the development and landscaping of the areas around the Parvati hills. He decided to construct a lake at the foothills of Parvati. An island of about 25,000 Sq.ft. area was retained in the middle of this lake. Later on, a beautiful garden was created on this island. Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa gave it a poetic name, “Sarasbaug”. In 1784, Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa built a small temple in Sarasbaug and installed the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak Gajanan, the God he worshiped. I was not charged any money here so I think it is free entrance - outside the park is a street with rows of cafe/restaurants and a children's funfair (child sized seats too). You can see the Parvati Hill Temple from the grounds of the Sarasbaug - on a clear day anyway - as you amble through the gardens.

Parvati Hill and Temple

This 17th century hill, located in Southern Pune is visible from many parts of the city.

Parvati Hill Temple
A group of beautiful temples of Ganesh and Kartikeya which are from the 17th ( At the time of Nana Saheb Peshwa) century are Parvati's attractions. The temple atop after a climb, is dedicated to Parvati, Vishnu, Ganesh, Kartikeya and Devadeshwar.

The temple is good vantage point for enjoying city views. Apart from the temples, there is Peshwa Museum which is housing the portraits of the Peshwas, old manuscripts, weapons and coins. According to records, the main idol was carved out of gold by craftsmen from Karnataka. Later on it was stolen on 1932, it was replaced by silver idols plated with gold. This is one of the most famous landmarks of Pune.

Parvati Hill and Temple in Pune is situated at height of 2,100 feet above the sea level. There are just over 100 steps to climb around to reach at the top of this hill. It is also worth paying a visit to the Peshwa Museum . In this museum you can see a large number of manuscripts, weapons and ancient coins belonging to the Peshwa dynasty. Located close to the museum is the Samadhi Sthan of Shrimant Nanasaheb Peshwa .

Parvati Hill Temple
It is said that it was at this spot where this famous Peshwa took his last breath, before leaving for his heavenly abode.

The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deities, Parvati, Vishnu, Ganesha, Kartikeya and Devadeshwar, and is located in the southern part of Pune from where one can get a beautiful glance of the city.

It is believed that Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao watched the defeat of the British from this site.

A relatively easy climb up to the top via a set of wide stone stairs rewards one with a panoramic view of the city and an invigorating draft of cool, fresh air.

Located in the center of the city. It is located at a distance of 1 kilometer from Swargate and around 4 kilometers from the Deccan.

Pārvatī (पार्वती), sometimes spelled Parvathi or Parvathy, is a Hindu goddess. "Parvati" translates to "She of the mountains" and refers to Parvati being born the daughter of Himavan, lord of the mountains.

Pune as seen from Parvati Hill Temple
Two of her fierce but very powerful forms are Durga (goddess beyond reach) and Kali (goddess of destruction). She is the Hindu God of destruction and rejuvenation.

 

 

 

 

 

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