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Shaniwar Wada, Pune

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
Visit Shaniwar Wada, an 18th-century fort which, at its peak, housed over a thousand people. The fort, built in 1732, once stood at seven stories high, and was the capital building of the Peshwa empire. An unexplained fire tore through the fort in 1828, burning for seven days. Only the fortification walls, gateways, and the nine bastions that surrounded the palace remain today. Learn about the fort's rich and interesting history, and admire the remains of what was once considered the seat of the Peshwa rulers. Plan to visit Shaniwar Wada during your Pune vacation using our convenient Pune family vacation planner.
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  • i had hired a personal guide but it turned out very expensive for small family of four. not even proper sign boards on the site  more »
  • This fort or palace is very historic but what is painful is the condition what is it in today. locals and Authority has to do lot to improve its image and educate people to maintain cleanness in and a...  more »
  • Good for a short visit. Situated in busy city lane, parking can be a challenge. Though there are parking areas around the fort and inside, it gets filled up pretty quickly. You have to circle around i...  more »
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  • The Fort is good but many of its doors are closed, usually there is crowd near ticket window. It is good for photography and much neat! It has a nice garden in the centre good for sitting in evening, there are parking issues so I suggest to take an auto rickshaw or taxi as per convince! Much history can be found from the information written there. The experience can be made better by taking a guide. There is arrangement for fountain show in the evening which is average from my point of view! 😄
  • Must visit forts for people living in India. Though not much to see, this place signifies the historic empire of maratha reign. Reading about the history in advance and visiting nearby places will improve the experience. Get your self a guide that would be even better.
  • Amazing place to visit and highly recommended by me to all the history lovers! Well maintained, the whole structure gives the feel to you as felt by the royal family backing dates long ago. The whole plotting and the construction is amazing and breathtaking. You need a whole day to roam the entire "wada". I'm sure you're gonna love it.
  • A great sneak peak into rich Maratha heritage. Though goverment started taking care of it pretty late, so almost entire palace is gone to dust, yet just the gate and boundary wall is good example of engineering. Light and sound show is good.
  • It has nothing left in there. You can only find a park like area to roam around because there is no building left to visit.Only the foundation is left. Its better to choose some other spot for picnic. I am giving two stars just for the park which you can cover in 40 minutes.

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