To those hailing from God’s Own Country (Kerala) or even the North-East, Pune’s monsoons are merely glorified drizzles that help keep the surroundings cool. No, the streets do not get ‘clogged’. In fact, it is a fascinating change from the scorching heat that would have ruined lifestyles for a period of two months. Most importantly, you could dry your washed clothes even at night and they are bound to look as good as new in about three hours (despite the rains!)
Believe it or not, Pune has a rather interesting past. This is evident from the many historical monuments situated in various parts of Pune, especially Shaniwarwada.
Constructed during the reign of the Peshwa dynasty in 1732 AD, Shaniwarwada is one of Pune’s major landmarks. Experts say that the structure was built at a cost of Rs. 16,120 (i.e in the years 1732 AD. Yes! The kings were wealthy).
, the structure was ruined after a fire broke out in the palace. Hence, what was once a seven-storied fort was reduced to walls with five gateways and nine bastions. that enclosed the entire palace. These gateways are named: Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. Personally, I found this episode, that took place at the Narayan Darwaja, of the Peshwa reign heart-breaking:
It costs Rs. 15 per head to visit the place. You could also treat yourselves to an interesting light and sound show at the venue.
#Punelessons4: Sightseeing may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But when you are in a city, which has a history worth exploring, do it. You lose nothing! However, play it safe and explore the area at a time when you are able to read the signboards clearly.