Shaniwar Wada, Pune

by Mridula on December 26, 2013

in India,Maharashtra,Photography

Shaniwar Wada, Pune is said to be the most impressive mansion ever to be built by the Peshwas in the city. The foundation for the monument was laid down in 1720 by Bajirao I. Today is completely engulfed by the city!

Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada- The Entrance

We tried to visit it on our first evening in Pune. I was with Dr. Supriya Himanshu of All What She Wants. We were together on the Suryagar trip as well earlier this year. It was good fun to meet her again. The first evening when we reached there, it was already closed. We visited the Lal Mahal instead which is at walking distance from Shaniwar Wada. The current Lal Mahal is not the original one, if you are pressed for time you can easily give it a miss! The entrance fee for Shaniwar Wada is Rupees 5 and for Lal Mahal Rs 2 for Indian nationals!

Shaniwar Wada- The Fountains

Shaniwar Wada- The Fountains

Large parts of the Shaniwar Wada were destroyed in an unexplained fire in 1828. So as of now only the entrance and the grounds remain. Still it is a nice place to visit, particularly if you like ruins and history. We visited it on a week day, hence it was not too crowded.

Stairs, Shaniwar Wada, Pune

Stairs to the Front Building, Shaniwar Wada, Pune

There are steps to climb to go to the top of the building at the entrance. I could see no means by which it would be accessible to a person on a wheel chair. But then I should not just single out this monument, I guess a large number of them would be inaccessible across India. The stairs are somewhat steep.

Shaniwar Wada, Pune

Shaniwar Wada, Pune

The stairs lead to a spacious courtyard. It took me some effort to take this picture when I managed to get it sans any human beings! The view to the front are nice. You can see the lawn and the fountains. I am told there is a musical fountain show on the premises but not everyday.

Shaniwar Wada, Pune

The View of the City from Shaniwar Wada, Pune

From the first floor one can also see towards the city. I wonder what was the amphitheater was being prepared for? The monument is clean and I could see no graffiti or litter. I had a completely relaxed morning with Supriya at Shaniwar Wada in Pune.

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Giga January 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Cudowne miejsce, szkoda, że tak daleko od mojego kraju. Pozdrawiam.
Lovely place, shame that so far from my country. Yours.

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Nikhil Chandra January 6, 2014 at 11:35 am

I have heard that Shaniwar Wada is one of the top 10 haunted places in India but after reading your account, I don’t think that it was a true assumption on part of the conspiracy theorist (including me). BTW Did you sense any haunting?

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Preethi Venugopal December 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Loved these…
Monuments always have a way of taking us back in time…
I often think about how it would have been at the peak of its glory!!

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r ramakrishnan December 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Brilliant pictures of this beautiful monument !

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Priyanka Roy Banerjee December 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I’m living in Pune for a year now but still haven’t visited this one. Most people say its a ruin and not worth, but your photos say at least one visit is worth.

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Amar Naik December 27, 2013 at 6:30 am

beautiful photos. never been to this place earlier

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Maniparna Sengupta Majumder December 27, 2013 at 12:59 am

Didn’t know about this historical mansion..Wonderful photos and info..:-)

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Deepa December 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Beautiful photos :) I had visited this place before 3 yrs.

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Lady Fi December 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

How very lovely. That first shot if fabulous!

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Anuradha Shankar December 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm

this is a place i have heard so much of, but havent yet visited. in spite of living so close to pune, i have hardly been anywhere around. lovely captures…

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Debopam Banerjee December 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm

India is full of historic structures……….. Nice captures……..

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Pallavi December 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Its like taking a step back into time :) Such a beautiful place Mri!

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Niranjan December 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Looks grand. Nice post!

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My Unfinished Life December 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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