Shaniwarwada is a great heritage palace located in Pune at Indian state of Maharashtra. It is one of the most visited historical places in Maharashtra. It is believed that such is the fate of this fort that at present day it is the most haunted palaces of Pune. Shaniwar Wada Fort located near on Baji Rao Road near Abhivnav Kala Mandir in Pune. It was named Shaniwarwada from the Marathi words ‘Shaniwar’ means Saturday and ‘Wada’ word used for any residence in general term.
Fact About Shaniwar Wada in Pune
Address: Bajorao Road, Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra
Location: near on Baji Rao Road near Abhivnav Kala Mandir
Phone Number: +91-20-26126867
Built In: 1730 AD to 1732 AD
Built By: Peshwa Bajirao I
Signification: Most haunted place of Maharashtra
Main Attraction: Five gates of Palace and Wall painting
Famous As: Shaniwar Wada Palace and Shaniwar Wada Fort
Architecture: Marathi imperial architecture
Cost of Construction: Rs. 16,120
How to reach By Air: Lohegaon Air Force Base Airport of Pune just 9 km from Shaniwar Wada Palace.
How to reach By Rail: Pune Railway Station just 2 km away from Shaniwar Wada Palace.
How to reach By Bus or Road: Pune Darshan Bus is the best facility to see Shaniwarwada for Pune tourists, which organised by the PMC. One can reach by own vehicle and hire taxi or cab also auto from any area of pune city.
Bajirao I who was a general of the Maratha Empire in India and Peshwa to the fourth Maratha Chhatrapati Shahu from 1720 until Bajirao’s death built Shaniwarwada palace in the year 1730 AD. Construction of Shaniwarwada palace was completed in 1732 AD. Total cost of construction of Shaniwarwada palace was Rs. 16,120. Shaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. It was the place of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha kingdom until 1818. In 1828 a massive fire broke out on this expansive estate complete with huge gardens and fountains that raged on for 7 days and entire fort was destroyed in it. The fort was abandoned after the fire and no one has lived here ever since.
Entry Fee and Timing for Shaniwar Wada in Pune
Open Days: Open All Days
Visit Duration: Around 1 hour
Timing: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Best time to visit: July to February
Entry Fee for Indian: Rs. 5/-
Entry Fee for Foreigner: Rs. 125/-
Timing of the Light and Sound Show (everyday): 7:15 PM to 8:10 PM (Marathi Show) and 8:15 PM to 9:10 PM (English Show)
Ticket rate of Light and Sound Show: Rs. 25/- per head
Ticket booking Timing: Everyday 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm (No Advance Booking)
Shaniwarwada has five gates known with different name like Dilli Darwaza which is the main gate of the complex, Mastani Darwaja also known as Mastani’s Gate or Aliibahadur Darwaja which is used by Mastani who was wife of Bajirao I, Khidki Darwaja or Window Gate, Ganesh Darwaja or Ganesh Gate which was named for the Ganesh Rang Mahal and Jambhul Darwaja or Narayan Darwaja or Narayan’s Gate which was used by concubines to enter and leave the fort. The walls in the palace were painted with scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. On the night of every new moon this fort becomes a place of horror. Where local people often hear a sound “Uncle Save me” from the Fort in the new moon night which is don’t belive. For this reason this place is known as most haunted place of Maharashtra.