Pune is a city with a very rich cultural heritage which is best experienced over a walking tour. In this walking tour we visit Shaniwarwada the haunted fort and seat of power of the Peshwas, the magnificent Lal Mahal built by the father of Shivaji Maharaj, Nana Wada the heritage site built by the legendary Nana Phadnavis, Dagdu Sheth temple of Lord Ganesh built by a sweet meet maker, Laxmi market the popular bazaar for bargain shopping and Kesariwada from where Lokmanya Tilak started his revolutionary newspaper for India’s independence.
930 AM- Shaniwarwada
We start the walking tour at Shaniwar Wada, the seat of power of the Peshwas or Prime Ministers of the powerful Maratha Empire which was a dominant power in India between the 17th and 19th centuries. This Palace was built in 1730 in honor of Peshwa Bajirao Ballal Balaji Bhat for services rendered to the Maratha Empire. Shaniwarwada is considered as the most haunted place in Pune! More about this during the tour.
1030AM- Lal Mahal
The father of the great Maratha King Shivaji Maharaj built this Palace. It was the residence for Shivaji till he conquered his first Fort at Torna. What exists today is a replica of the original building which was built in AD 1636.
1130AM- Nana Wada
Built in 1780 by Nana Phadnavis, the chief administrative officer of the Peshwas, the Nana Wada is one of the oldest heritage sites in the city. It provides a glimpse of the golden age of the Peshwas, the all-powerful Prime Ministers of Maratha Dynasty.
Noon- Dagdu Sheth Temple
Dagdu Sheth, is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh and arguably the most famous one in Pune. A sweet maker who lost his son to the plague built this temple in 1892. The temple played a crucial role in inspiring Lokmanya Tilaorganizeanise the annual Ganesh festival to unite Indians to fight for freedom from the British.
1 PM Bazaar Trail
We walk through Laxmi Market, the haven for shoppers! We visit quaint shops in the most famous bazaar and flea market of Pune. It has been aptly named after the Hindu goddess of wealth.
2 PM End of the Walk
- Guide who is a cultural evangelist
- All entrance charges
- Pick up and drop can be arranged on request
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