Shaniwar Wada

4 years ago

On Thursday night I was visiting Shaniwarwada, which is a palace fort in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. They have a light/ audio show there nearly every night, which tells you about the history of this fort and Maharashtra. There is one which starts at 7 pm which is held in the Marathi, the local language of Maharashtra and one at 8 pm in English. It is a nice show, a bit too loud for my taste but it contains a lot of interesting information about Pune and India, beginning in the 1650s. The fort itself was built in 1746. It was a fort but also a beautiful palace, however due to a fire in 1828 it was destroyed and only the walls remained. Although I only saw it in the evening / night it is an impressive structure.
If you ever find yourself in Pune with some spare time and a nag for history, go and visit the show. It is fun to listen to and you can learn a lot. However the light show is not that spectacular, it is more a highlighting of the narrators and to tell them apart. It is not really expensive, the entry fee is 25 INR.

Have you ever been to India? Have you been to Pune? Let me know.

(Picture is mine)

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