The Aga Khan Palace – an abode of peace and serenity in Pune

The Aga Khan Palace is a  beautiful mansion set amidst a large garden in the Yerwada neighborhood in Pune. Boasting both the historical and architectural value, this place is one of the must-visit sites in the city. Located around 7 km from the center of Pune, it retains its peaceful atmosphere and quiet feel. The Aga Khan Palace played an important role in the Indian independence movement as it served as a  place where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned for two years along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi and his secretary Mahadev Desai.  They were interned here from 1942 to 1944, and this was the place where both Kasturba and Mahadev took their last breath. 

My visit to the Aga Khan Palace in Pune 

When I walked along the arched corridors and spacious rooms of the palace, I found myself thinking that the whole setup had very little in common with a prison in its traditional sense. Add to  that neatly trimmed lawns and large sprawling garden with shady trees and pretty flowering plants,  and you’ll know what I mean. 

The Aga Khan Palace was built at the end of the 19th century by Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III. In 1969, the place was donated by his grandson Aga Khan IV to the Indian government as a sign of respect to Mahatma Gandhi and everything he’d done for the freedom of the nation. 

The palace comprises a museum showcasing Ghandi’s personal items and photographs. There also were paintings depicting his life events and his symbolic role in the freedom movement which I found particularly interesting. 

The Aga Khan Palace was a pleasure to photograph, with its elegant architectural patterns and soft, soothing color of the exterior with contrasting red roofs. 

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From the information board one can get to know a brief history of the place. 

Aga Khan information board

On the palace’s premises one can find Kasturba Gandhi’s and 
Mahadev Desai’s samadhis – octagonal marble memorials with tulsi plants (holy basil) growing on top. 

Aga Khan Kasturbas grave
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Beautiful gardens with flowering trees 

After walking around for quite a while, I found an open terrace cafe with the most delicious cold coffee. Just to make my visit perfect 🙂 

The Aga Khan Palace travel tips

 ~ The palace is open in all days of the week from 9.00 am to 5.30 am 

~ The ticket cost of Rs 5 for Indians and Rs 100 for foreign visitors. 

~ The Aga Khan palace is located away from the city center, so the best way to reach is by auto-rickshaw or cab. 

~ It will take you around 1.5 hours to explore the entire place. 

~ The Aga Khan Palace address: 

Gandhi National Memorial Society, Aga Khan Palace Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411006

~ The Aga Khan Palace on the map: 

~ Other attractions to visit in Pune: Shaniwar Wada fortVishrambaug Wada, and Shinde Chhatri memorial

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8 thoughts on “The Aga Khan Palace – an abode of peace and serenity in Pune

    • Yes, the city has a couple of surprises even for frequent visitors 🙂 But for me, the real gem was the Vishrambaug Wada with its amazing woodwork. And Shinde Chhatri 🙂

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