Shaniwar wada was the excellent palace built specially as the residence of the Peshwas. The construction of this seven -storied structure was started by Bajirao 1 in 1730 AD and it was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs 16, 120. After the final construction of this huge palace, around 1,000 people used to stay in it.
Down the centuries, the original structure was destroyed by many natural and manmade calamities. Therefore, only the remains can be seen now like the fortification walls with five entrances. The principal gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate) and the other gates are famous as the Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. The walls in this magnificent palace were painted with mythological pictures. Hazari Karanje, a beautiful fountain was also the most important part of the decoration of the palace.
A light and sound show is the main attraction. This beautiful show exhilarates the history of the mighty Maratha rule under Peshwas.
Address: Shaniwar Peth Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm Closed on: Tuesday
A very ancient fort palace built by the Peshwas. Entrance for foreign nationals is Rs. 100/-pp