Shaniwar Wada of Pune is one of the best places to visit in Pune. It not only symbolises the history of Pune but also the glory of Maratha power. Shaniwar Wada was built by Bajirao I in the year 1730 AD. His successors had fortified it later on. The palace was damaged in a fire accident and now only ruins of the palace can be seen by the visitors.
Now the visitors can see the fortification wall with five gates, viz.,Dilli Darwaja(Delhi Gate),Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja(Alibahadur Gate), Khidki Darwaja(Khidki Gate), Ganesh Darwaja(Ganesh Gate) and Narayan Darwaja(Narayan Gate). Scenes of Mahabharata and Ramayana, the epics of India are painted on the walls of the palace. One might think of the great skill of workers by seeing the lotus shaped fountain of Shaniwar Wada.
Hence Shaniwar Wada stands apart as a historical monument of Pune.
Light and Sound Show at Shaniwar Wada :-
Light and Sound show is conducted daily in Shaniwar Wada which is the main attraction for the visitors.The show is divided into two parts. First one is from 0715 pm to 0815 pm which is dedicated for Marathi music, and the second part is from 0815 pm to 0915 pm dedicated for English music. And the ticket is affordable at 25 rupees per person. Tickets are issued from 0630 pm to 0830 pm daily and unfortunately there is no advance booking system yet. So if you are planning to see the Light and Sound show, please reach Shaniwar Wada well before time to avoid any inconveniences.