Shaniwar WadaCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030, India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 5 INR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Archaeological Site , Heritage Building
Shaniwar Wada - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Shaniwar Wada
95% of people who visit Pune include Shaniwar Wada in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
78.82% of people start their Shaniwar Wada visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Shaniwar Wada
79.03% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Shaniwar Wada
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Shaniwar Wada, Pune Reviews
One of the best historical place at Pune. Situated at heart of the city. Worth a visit. Though most of the remains are gone and it's plain once looked casually. Yet you can imagine and frame how each and everything has been built. At the entrance, we are welcomed by a massive gate which gives a mammoth look to the place. Loved the time spent there.
Shaniwar Wada is a place of historical importance. It was the home for the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. There are local guides available to explain the place in detail. Newly introduced, they have a sound and light show in the evening post 7. It is available in two languages- Hindi and Marathi. The ticket is 50rs for adults and 30rs for children. The best time to go around is post 4 so that you can go about the Wada and then later watch the sound and light show.
Nice place to visit in mid of the city. Though externally it looks good, inside it has ruins of glorious Peshwa dynasty. It is good that there are information boards all around too know key facts about this palace. Entry fee is very marginal of around Rs. 15-20. It is not usually crowded and you can spend ample time with your co visitors. Main attraction is spectacular laser show in the evening. It is separately charged. It is conducted in English and Marathi language.
Nice historic place. Token system is very nice and automated. Great spot for taking photos. Can also go for picnic and spend some time with family. Peace of mind is assured.
It is a well kept place of historical importance. Although the place has an entry fee its minimal. The place has information boards placed all over but I couldn't find a tour guide. The place would surely appeal to those who are keen fans of history. It also boasts good gardens where you can spend time with your friends or family.
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