Shaniwar Wada - DOT-Maharashtra Tourism

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Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada

Tourist Destination / Place

Shaniwar Wada,, the palace of the Peshwa witnessed the rise and fall of the glory of the Maratha Empire. The palace was sadly destroyed in a series of fires and the biggest fire of 1828 burnt the entire palace down for one week. Nonetheless, this monument’s fortification of nine bastions and five gateways still stands tall in the cultural capital of Maharashtra,Pune.

Districts/ Region

Pune district, Maharashtra, India.

Unique Features / Exclusivity

The Shaniwar Wada was a palace built in 1732 by the Peshwa Bajirao I. It was designed by intricately carved and designed teak doorways and pillars, Besondere Merkmale / Exklusivität marble floors, a breathtaking fountain shaped like a lotus called Hazari Karanje or Fountain of Thousand Jets.

Shaniwar Wada has five doors that include Dilli Darwaja - the main gate facing the north in the direction of Delhi, Mastani Darwaja - the door used by Mastani or Bajirao’s second wife, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja - near the Ganesh Rang Mahal and Jambhul Darwaja or Narayan Darwaja used by concubines to enter and leave the palace. The main gate or Dilli gate is so big that an elephant can pass through it. The palace was constructed using 16,110 rupees in the 18th century.

The palace was damaged due to various fire accidents. The fire in 1828 burned for one whole week and devoured the entire palace leaving only the fortification of nine bastions and five gates. Further damage was caused to the palace by the flood to the river Mootha in 1962.

Today the outer fortification of the fort and some of the plinths of various structures. There is a fountain in the structure. No 18th-century residential structure is seen today, though the remains of those can give us glimpses of the grandeur.


The Shaniwar Wada is in Shaniwar Peth of Pune city, on the bank of river Mootha. The city is surrounded by the Sahyadri Mountain ranges.


The region 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 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 region is around 763 mm.

Things to do

● One may go around the monument experiencing its glory.

● After sunset a light and sound show is conducted at approximately after 7:00 PM, tickets are available from 6:30 PM.

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Nearest tourist place

  • Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum (2.1 KM)
  • Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Temple (0.45 KM)
  • Parvati Hill (4.4 KM)
  • Sarasbaug Ganpati Temple (2.5 KM)
  • Pataleshwar Temple (1 KM)
  • Lal Mahal (0.28 KM)
  • Vishrambaug Wada (1.1 KM)
  • Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park (7.5 KM)
  • Sinhagad Fort (34.6 KM)

How to travel

How to travel to tourist place by Rail, Air, Road (train ,flight, bus ) with distance and required time

  • By Air : The closest airport is Pune International Airport. (12.1 KM)
  • By Railway : The closest railway station is Pune Railway station. (2.7 KM)
  • By Road : Shaniwar Wada is well connected by road and one may hire private vehicles to reach it from various locations across the city or state.

Special food speciality and hotel

The Misal and Maharashtrian cuisine is the speciality of Pune city. Apart from these one may find many other options suitable to one's taste.

Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station

  • There are multiple accommodation options available as per one's budget.
  • The closest police station is Vishrambaug Wada Police Station. (0.5 KM)
  • The closest Hospital is Universal Hospital.(0.45 KM)

MTDC Resort nearby details

The closest MTDC resort is MTDC Panshet. (42.4 KM)

Visiting Rule and Time, Best Month To

● The Shaniwar Wada is closed on Sundays.

● It’s open on the rest of the days from 9:30 A.M to 5:00 P.M.

● From 6:30 PM the tickets for the light and sound show tickets will be available and the light and sound show starts around 7:00 PM.

Language spoken in area

English, Hindi, Marathi.