Pune was the epicenter of India’s freedom movement in the 19th and 20th centuries. In this day tour, we take guests through a heritage trail across Pune where many freedom fighters waged crucial battles against the British. We will visit heritage sites where key events of India’s freedom movement unfolded. The highlights include a visit to the Aga Khan Palace where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned, Kesariwada where Lokmanya Tilak stayed and published his freedom dailies Kesari & Maratha, and Phulewada where Mahatma Phule the great social reformer, opened up the well to provide drinking water to the backward classes.
This is an all-inclusive trip where we take care of transport, lunch, activities and the services of a full-time tour guide.
9am- Aga Khan Palace
The Aga Khan Palace is a national monument of India’s freedom movement. Built-in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III, the Palace witnessed some remarkable events that define India’s freedom movement against the British. Gandhiji, his wife Kasturba Gandhi and his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai were imprisoned here during the Quit India movement in 1942. During the guided tour, guests will realize why The Aga Khan Palace is a memorial to Gandhiji and his simple life.
11 am- Kesariwada
Kesariwada is the heritage house where Lokmanya Tilak, one of India’s greatest freedom fighters, spent the last 15 years of his life. It is from this house that he ran his freedom publications Kesari and Maratha. This house was witness to many strategic discussions held between revolutionaries to overthrow the British rule. We will see the courtyard where Tilak started the annual Ganesh festival as a way to unite the Indians to fight against the British.
1230 PM- Phulewada
Phule Wada was the residence of Mahatma Phule the great social reformer of 19th century and his wife. Mahatma Phule worked towards eradicating caste restrictions in the country and spoke against the elite of the society. He worked towards garnering more rights for farmers other low-caste people of the society. Guests will get to see the famous well which was thrown open to provide drinking water to the backward classes who were treated as outcasts in those times. Mahatma Phule was also a champion of the girl-child education cause. He was the first person to open a school for girls in this region. Incidentally his wife was the first lady teacher in these parts!
3 PM- India’s freedom trail ends after we drop you back to your hotel.
- Transport- Car
- Services of a tour guide
- Entrance fee
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