The city of Pune might be your worst enemy between 11 am and 5 pm. But that does not imply that you ought to ‘stay-put’ at home or in an air-conditioned room all day long. Thus began my life as a stingy yet excited tourist!
My desire to explore Pune’s history led me to the Aga Khan Palace. Situated near Yerwada, this ancient monument is said to house many tales of the Indian independence movement. Sources said that some of India’s most respected freedom fighters were held captive in the palace. These included M.K Gandhi, Mahadeobhai Desai, and Sarojini Naidu.
The palace was donated to the Indians in the year 1969 by Aga Khan IV as a mark of respect to Gandhi. At the premises of the Aga Khan palace, one can also visit the samadhi of Kasturba Gandhi, the wife of M.K Gandhi and Mahadeobhai Desai. The palace houses some of the most fascinating articles of historical importance, including article and photographs of the Indian freedom movement.
Entry fee: Rs. 15
Transport: Buses or rickshaws. However, I would strongly advice you to use a cab during the summers as the heat is rather intense.
You could also enjoy resting on the lawns or under the shade of a tree after exploring the palace.
#Punelessons2: Carry plenty of water and consume plenty of water during your exploration. There are provisions for you to re-fill the bottles. Being stingy and adventurous is synonymous with ‘DUMB’. Especially if you are visiting Pune during the months of April and May. Use a cab or make arrangements for a means of transport that could take you from the point to another without exposing you to the heat and hot air.