palace was constructed by Bajiroa 1st in the 1730. It was a 13 storey
building. There is a story told about why this place was chosen for the
construction. The story says-The Thorale (Elder) Bajirao once saw a
rabbit chasing a dog in this place. Taking inspiration from this
Shaniwar Wada was built, a place which would never see defeat. It used
to be the head quarter of the Peshwas and it symbolizes Pune's culture.
Looking at the construction one understands how the structure was built
giving highest priority to the security. The main entrance is known as
'Delhi Darwaja', others have named like Ganesh, Mastani, Jambhal, Khidki.
There is a statue of Bajijrao (1 st) on a horse in the ground in front
of Shaniwar Wada. Inside one can see Ganesh Mahal, Rang Mahal, Aarsa
(Mirror) Mahal, Hasti Dant (Elephant Tusk) Mahal, Diwan Khana,
Fountains. Currently renovated & also have a light & music show. The
main part left is nagarkhana which gives good inside view. This is an
expansive palace with its impressive fountains and gardens. The palace
was the seat of Peshwa power and later was destroyed by a fire in 1828.
All that remains are the walls that fortified this palace, with their
sturdy doors, studded with spikes for added protection. Nearby is a
street where the Peshwas unleashed elephants to trample dissidents to
Timings for visitors : 8 am to 5 pm. Entry Free (Except for the Light
And Sound Show).