Shaniwar Wada, Pune
Shaniwar Wada, Pune - Address, Ticket Price
Address: Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030
Ticket Price: 5 INR
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Shaniwar Wada, Pune
Every city has a historical monument that defines it. Pune’s such main landmark building is the Shaniwar Wada. The seat of Indian politics in the Peshwa period, it has become a symbol of Maratha glory. It is an expansive, charming palace with gardens and fountains.
It was originally built as the residence of Peshwas, the great generals of Maratha Empire. The foundation was laid by Bajirao I in 1730 AD. There is an interesting anecdote about how this place was chosen for construction.
The story says that Bajirao saw a rabbit chasing a dog here and decided that it was the best to build a palace that would never face defeat. What he believed almost came true, until 1818 when the Peshwas surrendered to the British.
The building was nearly destroyed in an unexplained fire in 1828. It has five gates and nine bastions that enclose this majestic building. Teak tracery on the pillars, polished marble, ornamental exquisitely carved arches and impressive fountains, Shaniwar Wada still shows traces of its golden years.
A statue of Bajirao I, the undefeated Maratha general adds beauty to the area. This architectural marvel is a must see attractions in Pune itinerary.
Shaniwar Wada Information
- Do not litter in the premises.
- Recommended monument for history buffs.
- It is a very good place for taking photographs.
- Try to catch the evening light and sound show.
- Take a history enthusiast with you if you are not one, it is will enhance your experience.
- Try the Maharashtrian cuisine in the shacks and restaurants around the fort.
- A light and music show based on Maratha history is conducted every evening.
- You can contact on: +9102026126867. Given contact is of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation for information about this place.
Shaniwar Wada Ticket Prices
- Indian Nationals: INR 5
- Foreign Nationals: INR 100
- Light and sound show: INR 25
Shaniwar Wada Opening and Closing Hours
- Timing of Light and Sound Show (everyday): 7:15 pm to 8:10 pm (Marathi Show)
- 8:15 pm to 9:10 pm (English Show)
How To reach Shaniwar Wada by Public Transport
- Shanivarwada bus stop
- Shaniwar Wada Kasba Peth Police Chowki bus stop
Restaurants Near Shaniwar Wada
- Atharva pure veg
- Vasanti lunch home
- Cafe Mangii
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Shaniwar Wada, Pune Reviews - Write a Review
Nice location. Easy to notice from normal traffic. If you want to spend an hour, visit this place. The ticket rates are cheap for Indians but high for foreign nationals. You have to pay extra for camera, but you can always carry mobile with you. The place is not too big but you can enjoy there for an hour. The laser show is also good. Kids also enjoy there, so it is good to bring young kids.
Only the outer fort wall and the foundation stone of the fort exists now. The place is well maintained.An entry ticket of Rs.15 is required for Indians and citizens of SAARC nation. For other foreign nationals, it is higher. There is a light and sound show that is charged extra. Though it is said to be haunted and entry is restricted after 5.30, the place fails to give such an eerie feel. Perfect place to while away your time.
I spent about 60 very enjoyable minutes here. By far the most impressive part is the main gatehouse. There are ramparts to walk around. Inside are ruins. Buildings were destroyed leaving mainly the foundations and walls extending a few cm above ground level. The inside is mainly garden now. The ruins give us the glimpse of the great lifestyle of the Peshwas. There are notices in English, but it is important to read about the history of the fort beforehand to get a good appreciation and understanding.
An old place with a rich history, this is worth a visit if one ever comes to Pune. Though the main structure is in ruins, the wall is maintained as well as the garden inside. There's plaques containing information about the structure, it's architecture and historical significance. Parking is available and it's easy to commute as it's in the centre of the city.
4 star for historical importance of the place. Or else I would give it only 2 star. The entrance fee is 15 rupees. And the entertainment program they offer is charged extra. Entrance fee should only be 5 rupees. I would suggest everyone to only look at the palace from outside and search for it on the web to know the significance as the interior part of the palace is completely ruined.