Thursday, September 22, 2011

Aga Khan Palace, Pune

Aga Khan Palace is one of the important landmark in Pune. This palace was built in the year 1892 by Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III. This was done to provide employment to people in the area who were drastically hit by the famine. In those days it took 5 years to complete at a cost of Rupees 12 lakhs.

The magnificent palace occupying 7 acres of land is surrounded by the lavish green gardens all around with fountains.

Some of the rooms are lavishly decorated as a reminder of its royal past and it has five halls. The arches are designed in Italian style. With its grand architecture the palace it captivates once attention.

Father of Nation - Mahatma Gandhi with his wife Kasturba were held as a prisoners here from 9 August 1942 to 6 May 1944. Later in 1969 the palace was donated to the nation by Aga Khan IV as a mark of respect to Gandhi and his philosophy.

58 comments:

Cloudia said...

luxury!


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Team G Square said...

Nicely maintained .

Ash said...

Interesting architecture!

aativas said...

Beautiful pictures as always.

joo said...

This palace is so beautiful. I love the white balconies in the last shot.

DeeBee L. said...

What a philanthropic idea! that's really brilliant as it helped people survive and created a splendid building...

Sridharan said...

Magnificient indeed. Well captured..!

Santosh Kumar said...

Nice presentation. Good travelogue. I would love to visit.

Thanks for sharing.

ladyfi said...

Wow - lovely and impressive - looks like a tiered cake.

Jacob said...

Oh, this one I like. Perhaps because of my background, but this is my favorite of all the palaces you've shown on this blog. Gorgeous buildings and grounds!

Zuzana said...

Oh, this must be one of the most beautiful palaces you have ever posted pictures of.;)
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Life Ramblings said...

such a beautiful palace. lovely architecture and surroundings.

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful pictures of a historic building.

clairz said...

This is so modern compared with the antiquities you usually show us. I like that Gandhi and his philosophy were honored here after he had been imprisoned.

Karen said...

That's a pristine looking palace.

Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely building/architecture such interesting history! All that and lovely skies as well! Great post for the day Rajesh, as always! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

J Bar said...

Great architecture. Beautiful.
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lina@women's perspectives said...

Very lovely palace...

Red Nomad OZ said...

The beauty of the building rivals the sky!

alicesg said...

Wow this palace looked so modern and beautiful. Have a nice weekend.

Leovi said...

Great pictures, extraordinary that beautiful palace.

magiceye said...

beautiful structure!

eden said...

What a beautiful palace! Great shots.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good post about this beautiful palace.

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Indrani said...

Wow! Looks grand.
Important piece of history there.

lina@women's perspectives said...

Very lovely palace. Is it open for public?

Kim, USA said...

Up front it looks small but on the side gush this is a huge house ^_^ And it's so pretty too.

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Carver said...

That's a beautiful palace are garden. I love the fountains.

LauraX said...

beautiful architecture...love the reflection in the fountain.

NatureFootstep said...

nice place.

Kay L. Davies said...

A beautiful place for a beautiful reflection photo, Rajesh.
I agree with Clair, it is so nice to know Gandhi was honored there. It is difficult now to imagine the British imprisoning such a great person.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

forgetmenot said...

You certainly used the right word, "magnificent", to describe the palace--a wonderful building. Have a nice weekend. Mickie :)

shooting star said...

very interesting!!!

have heard of so many places of interest in Pune but not this one!!!
if i visit to Pune, will definitely try to go here!!

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful architecture, shame anyone had to consider the place their prison when it is so pretty.

JM said...

Beautiful! Glad Aga Khan donated it to the nation.

kavita said...

A jewel ! In my wish list if i ever visit Pune in future.

POOJA... said...

wow... awesome pics with nice infos...
thank you so much...

Kalyan said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely architecture.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A magnificent palace indeed and I loved the history! Thank you for sharing all of it.

SandyCarlson said...

Luxury is right. What a gorgeous place!

Stranger said...

Simply beautiful... the palace and Khanji's kind heart..

Anya said...

This a history
so so great building :-)

Magia da Inês said...

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Pietro said...

Splendid palace and amazing green gardens! Nice shots!

Joan said...

Great photos! Love the history.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Ghandi was imprisoned for nearly two years? Well, at least it was a palace and not a dungeon!


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LV said...

Really a nice post from your country. Loved seeing the buildings and learning some of the history.

Luna Miranda said...

i love the arches--what an elegant palace. i wonder who lives here now. or the government has turned it into a guesthouse, or a museum?

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Lovely pictures.

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chubskulit said...

Wow that second shot is gorgeous!

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Jeevan said...

This is a picturesque landmark! wonderful capture and very interesting details... and ever known fact that gandhi and his wife kept here as prisoners.

Tanya said...

this is a gem!

Emille said...

What a wealth! But is there a middle class?

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Noble thought to build for famine. But then this is a magnificent building. Good Capture

D.Nambiar said...

That was informative. Beautiful building, that is. Is it open to the public?

Arti said...

Wow, this is truly enchanting. Wonderful captures.

banti said...

very informative blog you have there.cheers

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for the appreciation.