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Agha Khan Palace - Pune

Agha Khan Palace - Pune
Agha Khan Palace - Pune (Credit.109980811)
The Agha Khan Palace is a construction in Yerwada, near Pune. It is built in 1892 by Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Agha Khan III.  In 1969, the grandson of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III donated the place to Government of India as a mark of respect to Mahatma Gandhi & his philosophy.

Major Attractions:


It is also known as Gandhi National Memorial as it is closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi because during 1942-1944, Gandhiji, his wife Kasturba & his long time aide Mahadev Desai were under house arrest in this palace. Kasturba Gandhi & Mahadev Desai died while in captivity in this palace. Their memorials are in its campus.

A museum inside the palace complex has a valuable collection including the pictures and photographs of the important happenings in Gandiji's life. There is also a wide assortment of his personal items including utensils, clothes, mala, chappals (slippers), and a letter written by Gandhi on the death of his secretary, and so on. The palace is a simple memorial to Gandhi and his life. The Oscar award winner movie 'Gandhi' was shot here. This palace has also lavishly decorated guest rooms which take you back to the regal past of the heritage building.

The palace is surrounded by a beautiful garden. A shop attached sells khadi or cotton hand loomed garments and textiles.

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm (Lunch break: 12.30 pm to 1:30 pm)

Shaniwarwada, Saras Baug, Parvati hill & temple are the other places to see.

How to Reach?


As Pune is one of the big cities in India, it is well connected by road, rail & air.

Accommodation:


Depending upon the budget, all kind of accommodation is available in Pune.