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“Ruins of the Glory of Maratha Empire”
Review of Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada
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4-Hour Small-Group Heritage Walking Tour of Old Pune
Ranked #21 of 301 things to do in Pune
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 9 July 2012

It was one time capital of India when Maratha Empire had almost conquered whole of India. Shaniwar wada can explain the same. This glorious mansion was the residing place of the Peshwas who headed the Maratha empire. The mansion has many stories to tell about the Peshwa family. After visiting the same you can imagine how it would have been in it's glorious years. The inside structure was full of wood with the base of solid rocks. The base is still visible the wooden structure was burnt in a massive fire.

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Reviewed 2 July 2012

the remains of the fort are well preserved and one can actually make out how the building would have been in its glory days.
the walk along the fort wall is fun, with peace and quite on the inside and the hustle and bustle of the city on the outside.
visit early on to avoid the large rush of toursits and locals and for good photo ops.

2  Thank ParthUdayShah
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

Did not expect much from this attraction since a) it was in the heart of Pune city and b) I heard it was a ruin. Turned out it was much better than I expected.

This attraction is a fortification which used to enclose a mansion (wada). The fort still stands but the mansion has disappeared leaving only its plinth behind. Standing on top of Dilli Darwaza the mansion now looks like a landscaped garden. But if you have imagination, and can envisage a seven storied mansion, then this attraction begins to grip you.

The main way to look at this attraction is to walk on the rampart one full round. Looking down, you can see the central mansion plinth raised about four feet from the ground. This occupies about 75% of the space within the fort. Around this mansion (plinth) you can see the remains of many other smaller structures - one stuck me as a small temple, another looked like a giant jaccuzi and one is unmistakably a fountain. Another one we imagined could have been dungeons. There certainly us one passage leading underground which was gated, locked and used as storage for some pipes!

ASI has preserved these remains well, but have not bothered to make attempts to identify these structures, or to reimagine what the seven storied mansion could have looked like. In addition to the Peshwa ruins, we also saw the ruins of a sonnet e lumiere - broken lighting on Dilli Darwaza and a dilapidated grandstand for the audience. Well, at least they tried.

History has it that this wada was built by Peshwa Bhajirao I in 1732. In 1790, Peshwa Bhajirao II and Cornwallis and the Nizam of Hyderabad signed a triple alliance here to defeat Tipu Sultan. Thirty years after that, the Peshwa himself abdicated and the fort fell to the British. Ten years later, fire razed the mansion. Overall, this wada lasted slightly less than a century. Impressive all the same.

Well worth a visit if you are in Pune. Set aside 90 minutes and you will do well. Excellent photo ops here (would have been even better of the mansion still stood)

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Reviewed 28 June 2012

Very difficult to access with poorly organized entry.

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Reviewed 21 June 2012

Getting to Shaniwar Wada might be trifle daunting, but once inside its quite amazing.. The front balcony with its intricate trellis, the walls all around, the remnants of once habited structures, makes it worth a visit. It's a haven of serenity with the bustling city all around.

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