India is blessed with a rich history that can be witnessed by Indians and non-Indians, both. In fact, it won't be wrong to say that Indian culture is as old as its heritage sites and one of the most beautiful ones is Lal Mahal, situated at Kasba Peth area, Pune. The palace was built by Shahaji Bhosle as a gift for his wife Jijabai. One of the tourist attractions, it is also a prominent holiday destination for locals.
Located near the popular Shaniwar Wada, a celebrated fort in the city of Pune, Lal Mahal has its own share of admirers who cherish its architecture and tales of its time. Lal Mahal was built in the 16th century with red bricks. These red bricks gave this magnificent structure its name.
The Lal Mahal remains open for all days of the week from 9 am-1 pm and 4 pm-8 pm. The visit duration can take approx. one hour. One can visit the place any time of the year. The geographical location of the place is such that it observes a moderate climate throughout the year. Hence, one can plan a visit in any month.
Lal Mahal was built by Shahaji Bhosle, Shivaji’s father with an intent to revive Pune from the destruction and misery that had fallen on it. He was a Sardar in the Sultanate of Bijapur. While he was staying in Bangalore with his family, after conquering a number of territories - he was given a few in Pune. He constructed a palace for residing in 1630 AD. After building this magnificent marvel, he sent his wife Jijabai along with his son Shivaji to stay here. This place was his abode until he acquired his first fort, Torna Fort in 1645.
Near the end of the 17th century, with repeated attacks, the Mahal has knocked down once again. At this time, Shaniwar Wada was being built. It is said that soil, stones and other construction material from Lal Mahal were taken as a token of good luck.to construct Shaniwar Wada. Some land of the Mahal was given to construct houses and was given to Ranoji Shinde and Ramchandraji. Brahmins till date are fed today. After repeated attacks, it was never rebuilt. What one sees today is just a smaller version of the red coloured building.
1. Ayyappa Temple. Perfectly built with fine architecture, the temple is a replica of the original Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala.
2. Darshan Museum. A museum-like scenario but not a museum! Amazing statues that prompt life. The 3D holographic adds a splendid scenario.
3. Pune Okayama Friendship Garden. Spread across a large area that contains an array of flower species. Equally trimmed and well-maintained.
4. Shopping. You can enjoy the street shopping near Fashion Street Pune.
5. Horse Riding. Witness the enthralling horse riding at Japalouppe Equestrian Center.
By Rail. Pune railway station is the nearest railway station to reach Lal mahal. One has to cover a distance of another 2km by local transport to reach Lal Mahal.
By Road. The monument is well connected through roads hence one can take local rickshaw or taxi to reach Lal Mahal. The frequency of public transport is good therefore one does not need to make the bookings in advance.
By Air: Lohegaon Air Force Base Airport is the nearest airport if you are planning to travel by air. From the airport, one has to cover another 9km by road to reach Lal Mahal.
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