The majestic Shaniwarwada, spread over 625 acres, was the seat of Maratha 'Peshwa' and is a sight to behold. The seven-storied mansion was built by Peshwa Bajirao I and could house as many as 1000 people. The fortification of Shawarwada comprises five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the whole complex and a door that dissuaded enemy attacks. The place was largely destroyed by mysterious fires in 1827 which continued to rise. It eventually led to the destruction of the entire palace complex except for the mirror hall and the outer wall. The principal gate of Shaniwarwada was Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates were Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. The walls were painted with scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata and a sixteen petal lotus-shaped fountain in the palace is reminiscent of the exquisite craftsmanship of the architects. You can view the leftover plinths, and imagine the wooden pillars and lattice work that added to the beauty of the mansion. The sound and light show by Pune Municipal Corporation in an open air auditorium in the grounds of Shaniwarwada is a must watch.
Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030
Monsoon : Maximum: 28.4°C Minimum: 22.2°C
Summer : Maximum: 37.7°C Minimum: 19.9°C
Winter : Maximum: 28.9°C Minimum: 11.5°C
Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (October to March)
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