Shaniwar Wada, Maharashtra

The Shaniwar Wada is often regarded as an epitome of the pride and glory of the Peshwa rulers. The place was formerly the capital of the Maratha Empire. It is more than 286 years old and has survived several attacks and fires over the years. In spite of suffering several fires in the 1800s, the Shaniwar Wada still stands high and proud, continuing to hold its reputation of being an architectural masterpiece. Among things that were not destroyed in the fire are the five doors, the main one known as Delhi gate, that is studded with spikes in order to protect the fort from external military attack. The other major gates include Mastani gate and the Khidki Darwaza. The fort has intricate designs and carvings on its walls, arches and pillars. The remains of Hazari Karanje or the fountain of thousand jets, that is shaped like a sixteen-petalled lotus is another major attraction of the fort.

The Shaniwar Wada has beautiful and well maintained gardens where can spend hours sitting and enjoying the beauty. It hosts a light and sound show in Marathi and Hindi narrating stories from the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is projected over a water fountain.

There are a few stories surrounding the place and people have claimed the fort to be haunted in the past, which has only made the place more intriguing to the curious tourists. The fort had, in fact, witnessed the brutal murder of the fifth Peshwas ruler, Narayanrao, which have led people to believe that he still visits the palace on full moon nights screaming for help.

For anyone interested in some thrill, or to spend an interesting time or simply intrigued by the history of the Maratha Empire, the Shaniwar Wada is the perfect destination.


Shaniwar Wada open at 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fees

20 INR (online payment) or 25 INR (cash payment) for Indian+SAARC+BIMSTEC tourists and 250 INR (online payment) or 300 INR (cash payment) for foreign tourists. (Child entry free up to 15 years of age)

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