Shaniwar Wada
Shaniwar Wada
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Narinder K
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I had higher expectations,what I saw online the inside was different as it’s very mess not much to see. It has a lot history
Written 21 January 2024
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Piyush
Pune, India2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This is historical place belongs to Bajirao and Mastani. It is centre of attraction in Pune nearby. You can find many more other places. This is must visit place while you are in Pune.
Written 28 December 2023
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krishna292
Hyderabad District, India1,147 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had heard a lot about Shaniwada, the Palace cum Fort of Peshwas, who used be the Prime Ministers of Sjivaji dynasty and so we planned to visit it. It was the seat of Maratha empire in 18th century. It is said that Bajirao Peshawa, the most famous and powerful Prime Minister, who died in 1740 at a young age of 40 years, started building a seven story Palace/fort at this site in Pune using stones that was a common practice those days. However, some of the knights of Maratha empire at Satara (the capital of Shahuji empire) poisoned the ears of emperor Shahuji saying stone structure could only be built by king and so Peshwa was asked to stop the costruction. As the base floor had already been constructed from stones, Peshwa constructed the upper floors from bricks leaving the ground floor of stone and completed it in 1732 AD. Later in 1812, British forces attacked the Palace with artillery and all the top floors made from Bricks collapsed leaving only the front gate and its surrounding structure, its evidence can be seen even now. A story going around is that one of the Peshwas was killed by his uncle and aunt and he shouted for help saying (Save me Uncle). These shoults are known to be still heard in the ruins of Shaniwar Wada and so thsi place is known to be haunted and people avoid going there in nights. There is not much to talk about the fort because only the base floor made of stones and a huge gate can be seen without any other historical items inside the large court yard that might have been a palace. The site is not worth a visit as there is no parking, no toilets and the approach to Wada is through crowded and narrow roads. The entry is through a nominally priced ticket.
Written 18 December 2023
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praharsh k
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The garden was so vast and amazing. The palace itself had great views and a walking track around its top but most was blocked off. It's a great place to visit to experience some Maratha Empire history.
Written 31 October 2023
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Vishwajeet Tomar
Pune, India7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Went there recently. Place is photogenic. Rs 25 per head was taken as ticket which seems higher if compared to the facilities and maintenance exist inside. Anyways One can walk around by imaging the then situation and statement marked by archeology dept. However It is undigestable that a 7 floor building made within 2 years and majorly built by stone, was finished due to the fire 🔥. We all know this is not the truth.
Archeology dept should also mention when and who had destroy this monuments. Plotting lies into the public domain is a sin. The same issue is also with ellora caves.
Written 12 October 2023
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Mayank P
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Had a guided tour of Shaniwar wada this morning. Randhir Naidu (9130641707) conducts such heritage walks every weekend in and around Pune.
He painstakingly explained the entire history of the wada, the Peshwas and the Marathas and showed all the relevant historical parts of Shaniwar Wada. It was a wonderful experience and I've decided to sign up for more such tours in the near future.
Written 6 August 2023
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Rachana C
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Shanivar wada is a very great place to visit as it signifies the old moments. Friendly for family and friends.
Written 29 May 2023
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chhatre surendra
Mumbai, India7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This review is mainly for the light and sound show on every day basis - I attended one of such light and sound show @ 7:00 pm in the evening.

To start with the ticketing and the entry both are far away places and seniors will have to first take care of this,
There is no concession for senior citizens.
The entry to seating arrangements venue is quite at a distance very few guidelines are provided towards reaching the seating open air venue.
The show starts with too much of noice or loud sounds which can be reduced since the throw of the sound required is very limited however the pmpo used is very high.
The source of light disturbs the total attention of the screen the visual appears in the water fountain which is very poor and because of the light it further maars the quality of the show.
The contents of the show also is very poor and certain stress points are ignored altogether, instead less important points of the love affair of Bajirao and Mastani are unnecessarily put in details.
The viewing galary being in open has plenty of mosquitos and since the show is in the evening time after the sun-set you get caught in the mosquitos and the visuals which are not interesting.
Suggest better display of the show with all new creations.and better arrangements to avoid mosquitos.
Written 8 May 2023
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Ria1104
Kolkata (Calcutta), India617 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I visited this place when I had a long layover in Pune. This was one of the only places I knew and thought of exploring it before taking my second flight. The place is now mostly in ruins, only the outside wall is standing mighty and tall. Very few tourists were seen in the complex. Mostly the localites and college kids went there for some relaxation. So yes, I was the odd one out, in lounge clothes, with my backpack and shooting everything with my phone.
I spent my me-time walking solo on the wall clicking random pictures. It was my first solo exploration and I enjoyed it a lot. There is one huge tree at the centre of the complex which provided shade to a huge area and most of the people were relaxing there. I too spent some lone time there before leaving. Only one thing I regretted was that I wore my regular heels which might have been a disaster while going up and down the huge stairs. There are several street food stalls just outside the complex from where you can taste some of the local delicacies at affordable prices.
I, overall, enjoyed my brief time there, I would recommend this place to you only if you are a history buff and old forts interest you like me. Else there is a chance that one might get bored out easily.
Written 28 March 2023
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ajay
Pune District, India56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The place is of great importance for the Maratha empire at its height this was the center of power across the Maratha empire. Though a fire in 1820 destroyed the building its still a place that holds importance as a historical location.
Written 10 March 2023
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