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Historical Places In Pune ( PuneDiary's Pune At a Glance Section )

 Shaniwar Wada

This palace was build by Bajiroa 1st in the 18th century. It was a 13 storey building . It used to be the head quarter of the Peshwas and it symbolizes Pune 's culture. Currently renovated & there are plans to have a lights & music show. The main part is left is Nagarkhana which gives good inside view.
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 Agakhan Palace

This is a famous landmark in Pune city. Agakhan Palace is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, Karturba Gandhi and Mahadeobhai Desai were imprisoned during the "Quit India Movement" in 1942. Marble memorials were put later on in the memory of Kasturba and Mahadeobahi, both of them breathed their last in this place.
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 Lal Mahal

In Pune, Dadaji built a palace 'Lal Mahal', for Shivaji and his mother Jijabai. At the age of sixteen (1643 A.D.) Formerly Synagogue, Now it is newly Re- constructed by Pune Muncipal Corporation .It is a red brick structure standing very prominently in the heart of the city. There is a statue of "Jijamata " ( Shree Shivaji's Mother ) and there is garden also for small kids to spend their evenings.This place is just next to Shaniwarwada .
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 Kelkar Museum

One man show is the way to describe this museum. It is a collection of Mughal antiques which include paintings, instruments, lamps & different types of nut crackers. The Mastani Mahal which was made over here after dislodging it from its original place takes the cake.
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 Shinde's Chhatri

The building built in the memory of Mahadji Scindia who was great Maratha noble man. It is about 4kms away from Pune camp.
The carving and beauty of the temple is worth a look.
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 Vishram Baug Wada

300 years back Bajirao Peshwas ( II ) built this place .The carved woodwork of the balcony which surrounds the entrance of this building is the example of the fine work of ancient Maratha rulers .After Peshwas this place was used as a jail .Pune Municipal Corporation is soon changing this place as museum.
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 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum 

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar is a name in the Indian Freedom struggle which cannot be overseen by anyone. He was the one who wrote the Indian Constitution. As soon as you enter the Museum one gets to know many things about this man right from his birth till his death. As you enter from the door to your left there is a chair, on which Dr. Ambedkar wrote the constitution for a country with various religions, castes, creeds etc.
The two chairs, on which Dr. Ambedkar used to rest could be seen. In the same way his footwear, the clothes and a fur cap remind about the 4th conference on Buddhism held in Nepal (14 Nov 1953). His travel accessories and gardening scissors, the dining table and chairs on which Ambedkar's family had their food, their utensils which give an idea of his family life, reminding the precious time of his life is a wall clock, his two suitcases which he took while traveling outside India and the Violin which Babasaheb used to learn could also be seen. The bed on which Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar breath his last and the portrayal of his lying on that bed can be seen. 
There is a silver ink bottle on which the Queens picture can be seen, which was presented to him by the then Governor General of India Lord Mount Batten . In the same way a letter in his own hand writing, night lamp, a paper weight on which the name of Babasaheb Ambedkar has been carved, on the small cupboard the silver frame of this specs are kept in the museum. After the museum finishes we see a statue of his which is made up of marble. When you climb up the stairs you can see the lines written on the Bharat Ratna award which he received from President K. R. Venkatraman. It is worth spending time in this museum.  

 Mahatma Phule Museum

In the Mahatma Phule Museum you can see various industrial products, agricultural and handicraft articles. It was started in 1890 by the name of ' Lord Ray Museum' . It is situated on Ghole Road, Shivaji nagar in Pune. The peculiarity of this museum is that there samples of the body structures of all animals from elephants to seal fishes. If you are wishing to see this museum you can go here by hiring a auto rickshaw.

 Kesari Wada

Telltale signs of modern civilization stare one in the face. Cement dampers stand outside the courtyard where once Sayajirao Gaikwad, the prince of Baroda state used to live. The Wada built by the Gaikwads is being pulled down to make way for a modern structure. This was the Wada where nightlong discussions were held on how to overthrow colonial rule. Bal Gangadhar Tilak bought the Wada from Sayajirao Gaikwad in 1905. Tilak brought out his two newspapers, the Kesari, in Marathi and Maratha in English from here. The Wada continues to house the offices of Kesari, and mementos of Tilak, including his writing desk original letters and documents, and the first India national flag unfurled by Madame Cama. A statue of Tilak indicates the building in which he resided. The Wada is visited by a large number of people during the Ganapati festival, the public celebrations of which we started by Tilak in the courtyard of this Wada over a century ago. Kesari Wada
Telltale signs of modern civilization stare one in the face. Cement dampers stand outside the courtyard where once Sayajirao Gaikwad, the prince of Baroda state used to live. The Wada built by the Gaikwads is being pulled down to make way for a modern structure. This was the Wada where nightlong discussions were held on how to overthrow colonial rule. Bal Gangadhar Tilak bought the Wada from Sayajirao Gaikwad in 1905. Tilak brought out his two newspapers, the Kesari, in Marathi and Maratha in English from here. The Wada continues to house the offices of Kesari, and mementos of Tilak, including his writing desk original letters and documents, and the first India national flag unfurled by Madame Cama. A statue of Tilak indicates the building in which he resided. The Wada is visited by a large number of people during the Ganapati festival, the public celebrations of which we started by Tilak in the courtyard of this Wada over a century ago.

 Tilak Museum

This Museum is in 'Kesari' Press in Narayan Peth. It is only few kms away from Pune station. Any auto will take you to this place. All things used by Lokmanya Tilak are kept here. The copy of famous granth 'Gita Rahasya' wrote by Tilak in 'Mandale' is the main attraction of this museum.
Phule Wada
It was the residence of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. It is Ganj Peth, which is a few kms away from Pune station. Now it is a National property. There is a half statue of Mural in the memory of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule at this place. Visiting this place will not be a difficult job because any auto can easily drop you at this place.

 National War Museum 

The idea of the National War Memorial was first put forth in 1996. The citizens of Pune, under the sponsorship of the Express Citizens' Forum, set up the War Memorial fund. The comittee asked the citizens of the city to contribute to the fund. From the ordinary common citizen to the Big corporates, all contributed whole heartedly for the museum. The Foundation was laid in November 1997 and inaugurated in October 1998.The memorial is a 25-foot stone pillar.

 Tribal Museum

This Museum falls to the East of the Railway station. This museum incorporates in itself some excellent documentation on the Maharastra's tribal communities. It mostly documents the cultures of the communities from the Sahyadri and Gondhavana regions. The museum is open for all in the week days from 10 am to 5 pm.

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