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Shaniwar Wada

Pune

13.9/5(120 Ratings)

Shaniwar Wada Overview

Ranked 14 of 410 sightseeing in Pune

Shaniwar Wada was the seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire until 1818 when the Peshwas surrendered to the British. Built by the Peshwa Bajirao I of Maratha Dynasty in 1730, the edifice is a real specimen of Maratha culture. Palace of the rulers of Peshwa dynasty also shows the influence of Mughal style and the feature of Maratha artistic styles in its architectural design.

Prime minister to Chhatrapati Shahu, King of the Maratha Empire, Bajirao laid the ceremonial foundation of his own residence on January 10, 1730. After the words ‘Shaniwar’ (Saturday) and ‘Wada’ (A general term for any residence complex), it got its present name. Completed in 1732, the palace was built using teak that was imported from the jungles of Junnar, stone brought from quarries of Chinchwad, and lime sourced from the lime-belts of Jejuri.

Comprising fountains, courtyards, blooming gardens, offices, audience halls and residential quarters, the palace is situated near Mula River. Out of the existing structure only remnants, saved from the fire that engulfed the fort in 1827, are outer stonewalls, bastions, and small gates. Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate), Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja are the gates of the palace.

Thorlya Rayancha Diwankhana, Naachacha Diwankhana (Dance Hall) and Juna Arsa Mahal (Old Mirror Hall) form the components of the palace. Lotus-shaped fountain, the Hazari Karanje, located within the palace was constructed for the pleasure of the infant Peshwa Sawai Madhavrao. A sixteen petal lotus forms the design of the fountain.

Paintings depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata are present on the walls of the fort. Main door of the palace is about 21 ft tall. Polished marble, arranged in a mosaic pattern made the floors of the palace that was adorned with rich Persian rugs.

What travellers are saying about Shaniwar Wada

Experience scale
  • Very Good 17
  • Good 6
  • Excellent 6
  • Below Average 4
  • Average 2
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
Facilities available
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  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00 AM -5:00 PM
Saturday:
8:00 AM -5:00 PM
Sunday:
8:00 AM -5:00 PM
Public Holidays:
8:00 AM -5:00 PM
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Famous for:
Palaces
Entry:
free
70% voted as clean

Reviews and Ratings

Lakshmish bhat

Lakshmish bhat5.0/5

1 review

Pleasing and informative visit to Shanivar wada

A historical monument, well preserved. The light and sound show in the evening is a treat to watch. The chat and snacks stall nearby makes shanivarwada a very attractive destination for fsmily outing.
  • Pleasing and informative visit to Shanivar wada
  • Pleasing and informative visit to Shanivar wada
  • Pleasing and informative visit to Shanivar wada

Sneha Reddy

Sneha Reddy2.9/5

16 reviews

Too crowded for my taste

I couldn't stay for more than 10 minutes at this place because it was too hot and very crowded. Coming all the way from Hinjewadi didn't help the case.

Er. rahul

Er. rahul4.3/5

184 reviews

Shaniwar wada

Standing tall in its full glory, Shaniwar Wada was once a stately mansion. Built as a dwelling for Peshwas, its foundation was laid by Bajirao I in year 1730 AD. Today it gives a chance to peak into its great past.

Ashish Yadav

Ashish Yadav3.6/5

9 reviews

Nothing great to visit, not maintained properly.

nothing special to visit shaniwaar wada it's just normal badly maintained small palace nothing is there to see except palace. not recommend during hot weather .

Manish verma

Manish verma3.6/5

7 reviews

Light and sound show

I visited Shaniwar Wada in the evening for light and sound show. It was a great experience to know the history of Maratha Empire as well as the history of Shaniwar Wada. As of now, all the shows are in Marathi only, but as enquired with the officials, Hindi shows will also be started in next 3-4 months. The work of laser is good. Inside of Shaniwar Wada is mostly in ruins now as a huge mysterious fire broke out in the early 19th century. Visiting in the dark for light and sound show chills you in the spines as people relates Shaniwar Wada with spiritual activities. It's a must visit place if you are in Pune.

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Jigar Dave

Jigar Dave4.3/5

52 reviews

Shaniwar Wada

This place was a home to Maratha warriors. Raje Bajirao is said to lived here which gives a distinct identity to this place. This place is open tourists as a museum. Security and cleanliness are good here. Located in the heart of city.

Vibhor Dube

Vibhor Dube2.9/5

8 reviews

One time visit

Entrance gate is so inviting that you'll end-up planning a visit to this place. This is an example of ill maintained historical place. Dirt and plastic around the corners. You won't enjoy this place if you aren't accompanied with a bunch of friends or aren't a history fanatic.

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh2.9/5

75 reviews

Peshwa's palace in Pune

Shaniwar wada is located in the heart of the Pune. It is a struggle to reach there as one need to travel along congested road and parking space is difficult to find. We managed to get parking space inside the premises, which is free of cost for the visitors. This is historical place, I feel one hour would be enough to explore unless one chose to explore deeply. It was bit crowded, might be because it was Sunday. Must also visit Dagdu seth Ganesh Temple which is ten minutes walk from this historical monument. There was a nominal entry ticket of Rs 15 per head.

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Venkatesh Ns

Venkatesh Ns4.3/5

5 reviews

Good place of history

Front gate & front portion is wonderful, although nothing is left inside... there is light & sound show in the evening after sunset. you can walk along the Fort Wall on the top...

Tapas Ruparelia

Tapas Ruparelia2.1/5

3 reviews

Just a big broken garden

If you visit the fort keeping in mind the what was shown in the movie "Bajirao Mastani", you'll come back with a disappointment.Frankly, it's just a big garden with a big wall (since the Britishers had burnt the fort).The place has few fact sheets written at different places, however there is no mention of what was where in the entire place.It has not been maintained properly and is situated in a crowded location in the city.Near to the railway station.Would not recommend to make a special plan to visit this place.

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