11:30 AM: After a heavy breakfast, out first stop was Aga Khan Palace. And its history is pretty intriguing! The palace is one of the places where Gandhiji was held captive and where Kasturba Gandhi had her last breath...The palace is calm and serene in its pace and takes you through a journey of the past.
पुणे शहर में बसी आागा खान पैलेस एक विशाल हवेली है , जिसका निर्माण सुल्तान मुहम्मद शाह आगा खान तृतीया ने अपने समय में अकाल पीड़ितों की मदद पहुँचाने के लिए करवाया था। स्वतंत्रता आंदोलन के दौरान महात्मा गाँधी ,कस्तूरबा गाँधी ,सरोजिनी नायडू आदि जैसे आज़ादी के कुछ प्रमुख नायको को इसी पैलेस में नज़रबंद करके रखा गया था।राजा दिनकर केलकर म्यूजियम
On Nagar Road, hardly 2 kilometers from the Bund Garden, is the iconic Aga Khan Palace; built by Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan in 1892. Spread over 1756 square meters, it was built to give shelter to famine affected people in Maharashtra. Aga Khan Palace has a lot for visitors to enjoy. Whilst the manicured garden of the palace is a beautiful sight, the interiors of the palace are stunning. Don't miss the five halls that have Italian arches.Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mahatma Gandhi, and Mahadev Desai breathed their last in the premises of this place. To honor them, a memorial was built in the palace by the Charles Correa, a famous architect. A lot of history is associated with the palace. And to commemorate all these events, a memorial was made under the care of the Gandhi Memorial Society. Exhibition on the various aspects of Mahatma Gandhi’s life that offers visitors a deeper insight into the life of our father of the nation is a must visit.Within the premises of the palace complex, there is a Khadi store from where one can purchase Khadi and cotton products.HISTORY OF THE AGA KHAN PALACEAga Khan Palace has a unique history and grandeur. The palace was the abode of Mahatma Gandhi from 9 August 1942 to 6 May 1944, mainly during the Quit India Movement. It is the final resting ground of Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai, and their memorials can be seen in the palace complex, near the Mula river. In 1969, Aga Khan Palace was handed out to the people of India as a mark of respect to Gandhi and his philosophy.After some time, the palace was converted into a museum where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were kept. In the year 1974, Indira Gandhi too visited this place, and allotted a sum of ₹200,000 (US$3,000) every year, for its maintenance. In 2003, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) declared the place as a monument of national importance.The original structure of the temple was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in Pune, India. Built in 1892, it is one of the biggest landmarks in Indian history. The palace was built to give shelter to poor people hit by famine.ADDRESSPune Nagar Road, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411014GETTING THERETo reach the Aga Khan Palace, tourists can take a Radio Cab, Auto Rickshaw or Corporation Buses (PMPL) from anywhere in the city.THINGS TO DO & SEE IN AND AORUNDWhen on a visit to the Aga Khan Palace, do visit the attractions close to it like Osho Ashram Koregaon Park, Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Budhwar Peth, and Shaniwar Wada.OPENING/CLOSING TIMINGS09:00 AM to 05:30 PM, Open all days except public holidaysBEST TIME TO VISITAga Khan Palace can be visited throughout the year but on some special days, the Gandhi Memorial society organizes a function. See below for the datesMartyr's Day – 30 January.Mahashivratri – Kasturba Gandhi's Death Day Celebrated As Mother's DayIndependence Day – 15 August.Republic Day – 26 January.
Agakhan palace: This palace is important place in Indian history. It was built by King Aga khan around 1892. This palace is national monument as it is related to freedom of India. During the freedom movement Gandhiji and his wife Kasturba and Mahadevbhai Desai kept as prisoner inside the palace. Mahadevbhai desai and kasturba passed away during this period and their samadhi were here. A simple palace surrounding by nice and maintained garden.
A small museum is there inside the palace where the things used by Gandhiji (utensils, clothes etc. ) were kept. A library is also there.