Aga Khan Palace Overview

Ranked 6 of 410 sightseeing in Pune

Aga Khan Palace was intended to be a source of employment for the famine-struck villagers in the surrounding areas. Constructed by Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III, the palace is famed and well-related with Indian Independence Movement.  In the palace, many important freedom fighters were put under arrest by the British. During the Quit India Movement in 1942, Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi, along with Mahadeobhai Desai, were imprisoned in the palace.

They were imprisoned in the palace from 9th August 1942 to 6th May 1944. Both Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadeobhai Desai passed away during their captivity in the palace. Beautiful marbles were used by Charles Correa to make the memorials of Mahadeobhai Desai and Kasturba Gandhi that are housed in the palace. These memorials have been placed near Mula River. Surrounded by green gardens, the palace also contains beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites.  

Successor to and grandson of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III, Prince Shah Karim al-Hussayni Aga Khan IV donated the palace to the Government of India. He donated the palace in 1969 in memory of Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy. Owing to its close association with Mahatma Gandhi, who was kept at this palace under house arrest in the 1940s, it is also known as the Gandhi National Memorial. Collection of pictures and photographs of the important incidents in Mahatma Gandhi’s life are housed in a museum inside the palace complex.

In the museum are also preserved Mahatma Gandhi's personal items, including utensils, clothes, mala, chappals (slippers) and a letter written by him on the death of his aide, Mahadeobhai Desai. In the museum are also placed small amount of Mahatma Gandhi's ashes. Gandhi Memorial Society, which has its headquarters in the palace, manages the museum, memorials and its campus. To showcase the life and career of Mahatma Gandhi, exhibitions are held at the palace on a regular basis.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
9:00 AM -5:30 PM
Saturday:
9:00 AM -5:30 PM
Sunday:
12:00 AM -12:00 AM
Public Holidays:
9:00 AM -5:30 PM
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Subbanna nil

Subbanna nil4.0/5

4 reviews

Pune

Very interesting historical place and maintained very neat and tidy. One should have interest in history to spend time and understand the importance of such monuments.

Er. rahul

Er. rahul4.3/5

184 reviews

Aga khan place

Aga Khan Palace is well known both for its architectural excellence as well as its historical significance. Spread over a vast land of 19 acres, the palace is now the headquarters of the Gandhi National memorial society. Here, making khadi is still one of the prime activities.
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Swapnil Zambare

Swapnil Zambare3.6/5

2 reviews

Quiet and peaceful

If you want to spend a day in very peaceful place and quiet without travelling to much. It is the perfect place, added you can see some of the historical piece, not too much but a few.

Prashanth Dsouza

Prashanth Dsouza3.9/5

28 reviews

Must visit peaceful and serene palace

This is a very well maintained palace bearing historic importance related to Kasturba and Gandhiji's secretary. Entry is just Rs 15 and moment you enter and see the palace in the distance with beautiful lawns all around. A short walk in towards the palace makes you feel that you are not even in the city although the nosiy Nagar road is just adjacent.We were able to see items and clothes used by Kasturba and Gandhiji himself when he was place there on house arrest. There are a few letters written by Gandhiji. I would like the interiors of the place to be better maintained.

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D k Gupta

D k Gupta2.9/5

8 reviews

okayish - not so good historical collection

I visited the Aga Khan Palace a few months back. This is the place where Mahatma Gandhi stayed while in Pune (well, he was more like imprisoned here). Also, I believe his wife died here. It is good if you want to visit a little bit of history of Pune, but there aren't too many things in the museum there. However, the gardens around the place are well kept.

Divesha Agrawal

Divesha Agrawal2.9/5

36 reviews

Good if you are into history

Aga Khan Palace is where Mahatma Gandhi stayed in Pune. The palace has been turned into a museum now. While it has some interesting artifacts, I did not find anything new about the place. Go, if you have free time.

Vijayalaxmi Patil

Vijayalaxmi Patil4.3/5

11 reviews

A beautiful place

A must visit place. It has quite a good history. Some of the things have been preserved which were used by Mahatma Gandhi in his last days of life. So I would recommend this place to be visited.

Vidyut Maurya

Vidyut Maurya5.0/5

127 reviews

Memories of Bapu

It is a palace where Gandhi ji was kept in custody for two years between 1942 to 1944. Bapu lost his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. You can see memorial of Kasturba and Mahadev Bhai Desai here. It is situated on Nagar road Pune.
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Karthick Gopikumar

Karthick Gopikumar3.6/5

8 reviews

Historic Aga Khan Palace

Aga Khan Palace is a great place to visit for the people who seeks for historical information about Mahatma Gandhi. Statue of freedom fighters looks magnificent. The things used by Gandhiji and Kasturi Bai are available to see. No restrictions on photography. Overall the place is fine and magnificent.
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Siddharth Ajmera

Siddharth Ajmera3.6/5

56 reviews

Just a palace where Gandhi Ji and his wife were kept

The palace might interest people who are into history. It has remains of things worn and used by Gandhi Ji and his wife. The palace also has some paintings, and monuments both depicting Gandhi Ji's life.There's nothing more to it than this. In my opinion, it can be skipped if you aren't much into history.

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