If you follow me on Instagram, you would be aware of my recent visit to Pune. That was a very short and stormy trip due to some personal reasons and we remained so busy all the time. It was my first visit to this city. I had visited Bombay a long time back but not this city. I had heard some very interesting things about Pune. My flight was from Delhi so at first we had to reach Delhi by train and then caught the flight. We reached Pune in about 2 hours. When I first saw the city, I was merrily surprised to feel that the weather of Pune is quite similar to our city, in fact more pleasant in comparison to Dehradun.
Anyway, I loved the city, though it was quite polluted like most other cities in India but there were a lot of trees and greenery everywhere which made its pollution quite low. During the weekend, we didn’t get much time to check out different tourist places of the city but still clutched some hours from the day and spent it at Agha Khan Palace.
Agha Khan palace is one of the well known tourist spots in Pune. Visit to this place was a soothing one. I had heard about it but was not aware of its history. When we reached there we just got amazed by seeing the beautiful and elegant palace.With the elegant garden
surrounding there in the middle stood a beautiful palace made with the Italian architecture which just made me fall in love with it.
I read all the details and story behind this palace which was written in different sorts of places there.
The famous palace was built by Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Agha Khan III, who was the 48th Imam of Nizari Ismaili region. He also was the one of the founders and the first president of the all- indian- muslim league. His main moto was the advancement of the Muslim rights in India. He later was called to represent India in League of Nations in 1932 and soon he served as the president of the League of Nations from 1937-38. The palace for which Pune is famous for was built by the sultan as an act of charity to help the poor in the neighbouring areas of Pune who were immensely poor as they were struck by a famine. The palace is also a part of the Indian freedom movement as it served as a place of prison for Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi and Sarojni Naidu.
The place holds a great significance as the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi are located near the place. The total area that the palace covers is 13 acres which is divided into two that is 7 acres is covered by the palace building and the rest is covered by a huge garden. After the death of Agha Khan the place was donated to Indian people
by his successor Agha Khan IV as a remark of respect as the place being a remark of the Gandhis memorial. So we always had in mind to visit this place whenever we went to Pune. The palace is really beautiful and has the Indian history
hidden in its walls which can be deeply understood . The garden is a gigantic and a beautiful one and is really well maintained with all sorts of flowers, and some which have popped up before winter season
due to Pune’s pleasant weather. At the back of the palace I saw the Gandhi memorials which are enclosed beneath a marble coffin. The place is a huge attraction and close heartedly related to the locals of the Pune. A lot of people can be seen in the garden of the the palace enjoying their time.
We visited the palace at 11am and stayed there till 2 pm as when one sits to understand the significance and importance of such places, one can get totally lost in it and can experience a sort of time travel to the past in their inner mind. We had a lot of fun and gathered a lot of knowledge too. The place consisted of 64 rooms which were really beautiful from inside. After 2pm we decided to depart from the place but if I say the truth I still wanted to stay there as the place is just a fantastic one and can’t be resisted or forgotten. I would like to say to my readers that whoever of you are planning to visit Pune for a vacation
should not trip off the wire of this plan as the place will really win your heart and this palace is really going to become a core of the happiness.
Coming to my outfit:
Hey, there is nothing much special in my outfit which I wore that day. I wore a casual and comfy outfit for my outing. Selected a new pair of blue jeans and paired it with a musterd yellow kurta and a printed scarf. I chose a pair of white sneakers for maximum comfort. It wasn’t a sunny day so why not brighten up your outfit, right? We weren’t allowed to use the DSLR inside the palace, so most of the pictures were taken in the gardens and around.
Kurta – Libas
Jeans – H&M
Scarf – H&M
Sneakers – Westside
Bag – Noel Jansen
Sunglasses – Idee
Bangles – Gold, I usually wear these bangles