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Pune is the second largest city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. With its nearly 1600 years old identity, it is considered the historical and cultural capital of the state that prides itself being a prominent IT hub of the country. The city has seen the glorious age of the Dravidian architecture (8th-10th century AD), the rise of and fall of the iconic leader Shivaji and his Maratha Empire (17th-18th century AD) and the span of British Rule (1818 AD - 1947 AD). The city has been in centre of some noted spiritual and cultural reforms too, and you should like to visit one of the world's largest spiritual centers called the Osho International Meditation Resort here. Some notable highlights in and around the city include historical attractions like Pataleshwar cave temple (a rock-cut temple), Shaniwar Wada (the seat of Maratha Empire from 1732-1818 AD) and Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum (it has a superb collection of Indian arts and crafts).
Housed in a traditional Rajasthani building, the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is home to a superb collection of Indian arts and crafts. It is home to a collection of ornately carved doors of old palaces and temples, traditional Indian lamps, 17th century paintings and some specimens of nearly 2000 years old pottery. Also of note are several royal ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold and a chest of musical instruments and traditional weapons.
Aga Khan Palace
Aga Khan Palace is the name of a seemingly impossible marriage of history and architecture in Pune. This palace is where Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba were detained by the British during the Quit India Movement in 1942, and a memorial dedicated to notable duo stands emphatically here to remind the visitors of that ghastly period. Also of note here is an opulent show of Italian arches, salons, suites and spacious lawns besides several old photographs and paintings related to Indian freedom movement.Shaniwar Wada
Built by the successors of Shivaji in 18th century, the Shaniwar Wada was the seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire until 1818. It is believed that all its halls had doorways decorated with beautiful teak arches with ornamental teardrop teak pillars. This grand palatial building also had an impressive lotus-shaped fountain that had sixteen petals and each petal had sixteen jets. Much of it was ravaged in a fire in 1827, and what remains now is merely an assortment of five gates (most famous of them being Dilli Darwaza) amidst a fortified wall.