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Shaniwar Wada

The light and sound show in this 18th-century palace will inform you about the Peshwa dynasty and the 1,000 people who lived within the palace walls.

Shaniwar Wada is the remains of an 18th-century fortressed palace from the Peshwa dynasty. It was the political center of the region until the British arrived in the early 1800s. A light and sound show offers an impression of how the fortress looked before a fire destroyed it in 1828. Large sections of walls, doors and columns survived and now make up a tribute to the former palace.

As you arrive at the fort, admire the imposing Dilli Darwaja gate, which was designed to repel attackers. It is fitted with intimidating spikes that prevented enemies mounted on elephants from invading.

Although the building once existed as a seven-story mansion, only its walls, gates and a selection of other items remain. Use the surviving parts of the fortress to imagine how it looked in its heyday in the 1700s. Enjoy a picnic under the trees growing from parts of the ruins.

Learn about the Peshwa dynasty from the light and sound show that takes place daily in the auditorium. The extraordinary 1-hour English-language show portrays the old fortress and the people who occupied it. 

Amble through the large gardens for a sense of tranquility in the center of the city. Marvel at the lotus-flower fountain that has a 16-petal design and serves as a reminder of the fortress’ former regal glamor. Beyond the palace, find a market with many stalls selling snacks and refreshments.

Shaniwar Wada translates to “Saturday Building,” since it was founded on that day. Around 1,000 people once lived in the fortress. Today, the site hosts important public speeches and events. The fortress is open daily from morning until late afternoon. There is a fee for entry.

Shaniwar Wada is located by the south bank of the Mula River in the heart of Pune. There are bus stops dotted around the nearby roads. You can easily walk to the fortress from nearby attractions, such as the Vartak Garden, the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum and the Saras Baug.


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