Lal Mahal - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism

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Lal Mahal

Lal Mahal

Tourist Destination / Place

The Lal Mahal popularly known as Red Palace is in the City of Pune. Pune is renowned as the “Queen of the Deccan”. The Lal Mahal is one of the most famous monuments, located in the heart of Pune city. It's a significant place as Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire, spent his childhood here. During his stay here, Shivaji Maharaj captured his first fort.

Districts / Region

Pune District, Maharashtra, India.

Unique Features / Exclusivity

The Lal Mahal was established by Shahaji Raje Bhosale, father of Shivaji Maharaj - the founder of the Maratha Empire in (1630 AD) for the Young Shivaji and Jijabai. Shivaji Maharaj spent his childhood and training for the establishment of Swaraj in Lal Mahal. Shivaji Maharaj stayed here until he captured his first fort.

The palace is historically known for the famous encounter that took place between Shivaji Maharaj and Shaista Khan, and Shaista Khan lost his fingers while escaping.

It is notable here that the original Lal Mahal fell into ruins in due course of time. The present structure of Lal Mahal is a reconstruction of the original, and is in the centre of Pune city. The main entrance of the palace is designed similar to medieval architecture. After entering the open landscape you will see the statue of Shivaji as a child and his mother Jijabai. The ground floor has murals depicting Shivaji Maharaj's administration skills. The first-floor hall has paintings depicting main events in the life of Shivaji Maharaj including the episode of Shahista Khan that happened at this place.

There is also a collection of Weapons, Clothes, Coins, Utensils, letters from Shivaji Maharaj’s time displayed on the first floor.


The Lal Mahal is in the city of Pune.

Weather / Climate

Pune has a hot-semi arid climate year-round with an average temperature ranging from 19-33 degrees Celsius. 
April and May are the hottest months in Pune when the temperature reaches up to 42 degrees Celsius.
Winters are extreme, and the temperature can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night, but the average daytime temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius.The annual rainfall in the Pune region is around 763 mm.

Things To Do

The destination depicts the life & values of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in various parts of the Lal Mahal gallery.

Once you enter the open landscape you will see the statue of childhood Shivaji and Jijabai Mata.

The whole palace depicts the life of Shivaji Maharaj, his administration and values.

  • Image of Lal Mahal
  • Image of Lal Mahal
  • Image of Lal Mahal
  • Image of Lal Mahal

Nearest Tourist Place

  • Cassava Peth Ganapati Mandir (0.1 KM)
  • Pataleshwar caves (1.3 KM)
  • Shaniwar Wada (0.3 KM)
  • Nana Wada (0.1 KM)
  • Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum (1.1 KM)
  • Vishrambaug Wada (0.8 KM)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park. (7.8 KM)
  • Sinhagad Fort. (29.4 KM)
  • Pune Okayama friendship garden. (4.5 KM)

How To Travel To Tourist Place

By Air , Rail, Road (Flight, Train , Bus ) with distance and required time

  • By Flight : Pune International Airport (11 KM)
  • By Train : Pune Junction Railway station (2.5 KM)
  • By Bus : The place is well accessible by road throughout the city, one may hire a private vehicle to go and see it. MSRTC Buses are available till Pune.

Special Food Speciality And Hotel

Being the Maharashtrian influenced population the Pune restaurants here serve a variety of Maharashtrian speciality cuisines here. However, it's one of the most visited tourist destinations of India due to which a variety of national and international cuisine is available.

Accommodation Facilities Nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police Station

Due to its presence in the centre of Pune city facilities like toilets, restaurants near the Lal Mahal serving eatables and packed water are available nearby.

Nearest Hospital:- Surya Sahyadri Hospital (0.9 KM)

Nearest Police Station: Vishrambaug Wada police station (0.4 KM)

MTDC Resort Nearby Details

MTDC Karla is 57 KM away.

Tourist Guide Information

Government-authorized tourist guides are available at the entrance of the Lal Mahal.

Visiting Rule and Time, Best Month To

  •  The timings are 9:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M and 4:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M.
  •  Wear appropriate clothing according to the weather.
  •  The palace can be visited throughout the year.

Language Spoken In Area

English, Hindi, Marathi.