Aga Khan Palace, is located at the very heart of the pune city. It is a national monument built in the year 1892and an icon of India’s freedom movement, the Quit India movement in 1942. Gandhiji, his wife Kasturba, his secretary Mahadevbhai Desai were interned at the palace from August 9, 1942 to May 6, 1944.
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Aga Khan Palace is situated at a distance of 7 km from Pune city.
The place is well maintained with huge garden trimmed with rock cut chairs for visitors. It has italian arches and spacious lawns. It has two entry doors, but only one of them is open to visitors. The entry fee is Rs 5 for Indians and Rs 100 for foreign nationals.
The Palace is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. The lunch break is from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.
The Palace is an Archaeological Site. The Palace was built in 1892 by Sultan Mohammad Aga Khan III to offer help and solace to people who were hit by famine. Prince Karim Aga Khan donated this palace to Gandhi Smarak Samittee in 1972.
Visitors can tour the rooms that were allocated to the freedom fighters. These rooms have now been converted into mini museums and archives a number of photos and portraits depicting glimpses from the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation of India, and other personalities of the Indian freedom struggle.
The space also houses the samadhis of Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai who died during their captivity period in the palace.
Activities organised at the palace:
- Martyr's Day – 30 January.
- Mahashivratri – Kasturbha Gandhi's Death Day Celebrated As Mother's Day
- Independence Day – 15 August.
- Republic Day – 26 January
- Mahatma Gandhi's Birth Anniversary – 2 October.