About Aga Khan Palace
A popular place with the heritage value and national importance is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city Pune. Known for the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi and few of his closed ones, the palace is devoted towards the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the role of charity done by the Sultans to help common people raise form their condition during the time of famine. Constructed in the year 1892 by Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III was donated to Indian people in the year 1969 by Aga Khan IV as a tribute to the Gandhi Memorial.
History Aga Khan Palace
The historic significance to the place has been that Mahatma Gandhi along with his Wife Kasturba Gandhi, Gandhi’s closest associate Mahadev Desai and Sarojini Naidu for two year, brought into confinement on 9th August 1942 to 6th May 1944 during which the death of both Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai took place and now their Samadhi still buried in the premise of the Palace. Even after the death of Mahatma Gandhi, the ashes where brought n buried in the ground beneath the ground that presently stands as Gandhi memorial alongside Kasturba Gandhi. Hence the palace is also widely known as ‘Gandhi National Memorial of Pune.’
The complex also holds a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and his all his work that went in to gain freedom for Indian. The pictures, major events from the time of independence, also it preserves letter written by him on the death of his beloved associate and personal secretary Mahadev Desai. Well presently the place is held and been managed by Gandhi Society, which even happens to be organizing different events and exhibitions which help people understand and get through more of the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his work for country. The palace was widely established in the film “Gandhi” depicting the moments of his captivity there. The regular visiting hours to the palace is from 9 am to 5.45 pm and has even got shops in it which sells clothing’s handmade of Khaadi.