About Shaniwar Wada
A quite prolific structure which ultimately got into an unexplained fiery destruction in the year 1828 yet it still has been brought to its old charm making it a well-known tourist spot in Pune. The leaving area is still very much intact and serves majorly as a garden area, also included with a very beautiful fountain shaped in the design of a Lotus which has got 16 petals to it, each one holds a jet that makes up for a yet another beautiful fountain show. On many religious and cultural occasions, different kind of customary events and programs are held in the premise of Shaniwar Wada, among which a regular light and sound show is must catch as it describes the historic significance of the Maratha Realm.
History of Shaniwar Wada
An 18th-century monument and a headquarter of the Peshwas emperor is presently one of Pune’s most popular place been built under the regime of Bajirao Peshwa I in the year 1736 and sustained its progression by the emperors till 1818, the year when finally Peshwas abdicated their thrones (Guddi) to then East India Company. A seven stories huge fortification stone & brick structure which back then incorporated with a royal court halls, glorifying fountains, nine bastions with five gate in five different directions titled as Dilli Darwaza (main gate), Mastani Darwaja (Facing North), Khidki Darwaja (Facing East), Ganesh Darwaja (Facing South East) and Jambhul Darwaja (Facing South) would then enclose the premise named as Shaniwar Wada.
Shaniwar Wada and Its Programs
The Wada is open every day. The light and sound or the regular historical programs in Marathi language takes place from 7.15 pm-8.10 pm and the same program in English continues from 8.15 pm-9.10 pm. The sound and light show cost 25 rupees per head.
Visiting charges vary for citizens of another country, an Indian origin visitor would be charged 5 rupees, whereas a foreigner is charged with 125 rupees.