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Shaniwar Wada, Pune

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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. Before you head to Pune, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Pune trip itinerary planning tool , to make sure you see all that Pune has to offer, including Shaniwar Wada.
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  • After the much hyped Bollywood film, I got a chance to visit the Shanivar Wada and experience the reminiscence of the bygone era by myself. It is a large structure with stone foundation in basement an...  more »
  • Visit the place to see the ruins of the once grand palace of Bajirao where he lived with his wives Kashibai and Mastani. It will be further enjoyable if you can get a knowledgeable guide who can relat...  more »
  • Shaniwarwada is situated at the heart of city. It is opposite to Municipal corporation. It was build in rule of Bajiroa first. Visit this place and you can feel silence at the busiest area. Parking is...  more »
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  • Nice location. Easy to notice from normal traffic. If you want to spend an hour, visit this place. The ticket rates are cheap for Indians but high for foreign nationals. You have to pay extra for camera, but you can always carry mobile with you. The place is not too big but you can enjoy there for an hour. The laser show is also good. Kids also enjoy there, so it is good to bring young kids.
  • The place is nice for an hour of spending. There is nothing much to see, though it holds historical importance. It's mostly ruins but the wall all around is something that can give you chills if you spend some time observing. The view of the ground from the walls is incredible and from an introvert's perspective, observing the people, kids and adults is awesome.
  • Good place to hangout in Pune city. Although the the city is crowded with vehicles it's a nice place to enjoy the evenings along with a group of people. It would be nice if the government opens the underground area for the visitors. It's too hard to get the parking space near the fort. And it's recommended to park the vehicle somewhere else and walk through the sideways.
  • Only the outer fort wall and the foundation stone of the fort exists now. The place is well maintained.An entry ticket of Rs.15 is required for Indians and citizens of SAARC nation. For other foreign nationals, it is higher. There is a light and sound show that is charged extra. Though it is said to be haunted and entry is restricted after 5.30, the place fails to give such an eerie feel. Perfect place to while away your time.
  • I spent about 60 very enjoyable minutes here. By far the most impressive part is the main gatehouse. There are ramparts to walk around. Inside are ruins. Buildings were destroyed leaving mainly the foundations and walls extending a few cm above ground level. The inside is mainly garden now. The ruins give us the glimpse of the great lifestyle of the Peshwas. There are notices in English, but it is important to read about the history of the fort beforehand to get a good appreciation and understanding.

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