The formal Heritage Walk in Pune starts on the fringe Pune Municipal Corporation and continues winding in the maze of history of Old Pune to its core. Adventure of wars in the history and stories of undying adoration, fragrance of incense sticks lit in temples and dynamic vibrancies of street markets, Pune holds it all together in its blossom. The two and a half kilometers long stroll around the streets of the city uncovers its presents with marvels.
- Pune Municipal Corporation
Pune Municipality was incorporated in 1858. The Municipal Corporation commenced addressing public matters in the state after the year 1950. Mahatma Jyotirao Phule has a statue dedicated to him in front of the Pune Municipal Corporation building. He along with his wife brought several reforms in the city. The couple promoted female education via starting an initiative of opening a school exclusively for girls. The nation is forever in debt to them.
- Shaniwar Wada
Peshwa Bajirao I raised the Shaniwar Wada in 1730. The foundation was made on Saturday hence, the name was decided “Shaniwar Wada”. It is one the best weekend getaways from Pune. The Peshwa rulers presided in Shaniwar Wada till the year 1818. The relics of the illustrious living arrangement of the Peshwas are as of now kept up as a picture of the rich legacy of the city ruled under them.
- Kasba Ganpati
In 1636, Jijabai constructed this temple. It is divided into two segments called gabharas. The flower style themes and carvings in the wood in the sanctuaries are adorned with the stamps of the Peshwa rule. Going to this temple during Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is one the best things to do in Pune.
- Lal Mahal
Shahaji Bhosale erected The Red Palace in 1630. The palace was constructed in order to save his spouse and his child, Shivaji from invader’s attacks. They spent ten years here. The original palace was destroyed after these attacks. However, the municipality reconstructed it in the original manner. The fort stands for the eminent struggle of Shivaji and his legendary win over the assailants.
- Nana Wada
Nana Phadnavis constructed this Wada in 1780. The hall of audience remains intact till date. It was built in the prevalent Kalamdan manner. You can still observe floral motifs, wooden carvings on arches and ceilings. Currently, it is under restoration by the Pune administration.
- Shivaji Bridge
Shivaji Bridge was constructed between 1919 and 1923. It is also popular by the name of Lloyd Bridge. The bridge depicts conglomeration of Colonial style with Mughal architecture. A distinguished pattern of delicate flowers is impressed on the iconic domed pillars depicting the style created by the fusion of the two designs.
Mandai was previously known as Reay Market. It is conspicuous amongst the prominent markets dedicated to vegetable vendors in the city. It got its new name and development in 1938. It was initially constructed by the British Government in 1885. They incorporated the locale for all the vegetable vendors. The octagonal structure was inherent the mainstream neo gothic style.
- Belbaug Mandir
Belbaug Mandir is committed to Lord Vishnu. Nana Phadnavis built it in 1769. The temple is still under the administration of his descendents. The splendid Maratha architecture of the sanctuary grandstands some amazing, lavish wooden work.
- Tambdi Jogeshwari Mandir
You can discover simply in the wake of coming to the Tambdi Jogeshwari Mandir that is a standout amongst the most radiant and fantastic temple can likewise be a standout amongst the most antiquated. The statue of the deity is supposed to be naturally conceived. This is one of the most famous temples of Pune, as it was constructed in 1545 by Trimbak Bendre. The holy temple derives its name from the beautiful crimson hue of the idol. Ganpati celebrations in this temple are unparalleled. It is clamoring particularly amid the celebration of Navaratri.
- Vishrambaug Wada
Vishrambaug was the extravagant home of Peshwa Bajirao II. It was implicit 1807. Presently it stores miniatures of Pune’s legacy destinations. The intricate wooden work carved on the access and balcony extension of the Wada takes you aback. It is a standout amongst the most enamoring spots in Pune.
You can choose to go for this wonderful walk with an NGO based in Pune called Janwani. At the end of the walk, you get to see amusing folk performances like Lavani, a folk-dance form or Powada which is a musical in praise of brave deeds by historic heroes. You can also treat yourself with some local refreshments at the end of this two and a half hour long journey.
Rohit is a passionate travel writer who records experiences on TransIndiaTravels.com from his various expeditions and excursions across the significant tourist sites of the world.