Being the oldest city in India, Pune is abode to various monuments, forts and historical buildings. Pune was ruled by the Maratha Empire who left legacies of unexceptional structures that show the amazing craftsmanship of the yesteryears. Let’s find out the top monuments of Pune and dive into the history behind it:
1. Lal Mahal:
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Residing in the heart of Pune city, the stunning Lal Mahal is famously known as the first home of the warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji. It was built by Shivaji’s father Shahaji Bhosale in 1630 AD and Shivaji resided here with his mother Jijabai till he conquered his first fort Torna. Lal Mahal also holds a special spot in the history when ShahisteKhan captured the Lal Mahal and vandalized the complete palace. However, warrior Shivaji fought against Shahistekhan and chased him away from the Lal Mahal and made sure that he never returned. The palace is now maintained by the PMC and the Jijamata Garden is now converted to a park for kids.
2. Tulsi Baug:
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Quite famous shopping zone for the Punekars, Tulsi Baug has a history worth knowing. As the place was profuse with tulsi plants it got the name Tulsi Baug- Basil Garden. It is known for the historical Ram Mandir which was built during Peshwa’s region by Naro Apaji Khire (Tulshibagwale) the Subedar of Pune. Along with the statues of Sri Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman, you can also notice idols of Ganesh ji, Parvati which was placed in the later years. The paintings, wood work and amazing architecture will make you appreciate the splendid craftsmanship.
3. Chitale Bandhu:
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Chitale Bandhu was established in the 1950s and ever since then, they have held a strong position in the growing food and confectionery industry. Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale was founded by Sri Raghunath Rao (Bhausaheb) Chitale who was influenced by the successful dairy business of his father Shri. B. G. Chitale. Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale delivers mouth-watering sweets, namkeen that are even exported to countries like the US, Australia, East Asia. Also, they are known to popularize the famous Pune snack Bhakarwadi. It is a 100 crore brand that is run by the third generation of Chitale’s. Some of their popular savories are- Badam mewa, bhakarwadi, dried Gulab jamuns and much more. Today the company has branched into- Chitale Dairy, Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale, Chitale Foods, Chitale Agro Industries Pvt. Ltd. and Chitale Digitals.
4. Shaniwar Wada:
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The legendary palace fort in Pune city was once the pride of Peshwa of Maratha Empire. Built in the 18th century, the palace was a 7 storied building with splendid craftsmanship and architecture, but the building was destroyed due to mysterious fires in 1827 and today we can witness only the base of the fort. It got its name as the placing of the foundation stone and house warming happened on Saturday. The fort had elaborate 5 gates, the main gate which was also called the Dilli Darwaza, facing north and showing Bajirao’s desire to conquer Delhi. The magnificent architect of the building includes- court hall, dance hall, mirror hall, which were beautifully decorated with chandeliers, paintings, Persian rugs and much more. It is also called one of the most haunted forts in India, where the spirits of the murdered king, Narayanrao wander in the palace.