If you’re a history buff, a visit to Pune is incomplete without visiting the iconic Aga Khan Palace!
Established in 1892 by Sultan Aga Khan III, this sprawling building was where Mahatma Gandhi and other prominent nationalist leaders were confined by the British, following Gandhi’s Quit India campaign in 1942! This place also bears the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi’s wife and his secretary, Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai, who died in the premises of this palace turned prison. Their shrines containing their ashes have been laid in a quiet garden to the rear and the venue exudes peace like no other in the vicinity.
So who wouldn’t want to visit this peaceful sliver of history, located here at Kalyani Nagar? But if you’re planning on dropping in to bask in the historic vibes, we have some news for you!
Aga Khan Palace has shut down its operations till the 1st of October, as announced by The Archaeological Survey of India, for renovation purposes of the Gandhi Museum and the other parts of the building. The revamping as been planned in order to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of ‘Bapu’ on the 2nd of October.
The maintenance work includes an extensive paint job and new lights and to top it all, they’ll be installing an audio-visual set-up which will play the story of Mahatma Gandhi printing on khadi clothes.
There are personal items of Gandhi’s on display here at the museum like utensils, slippers, clothes, and letters and there are also old black and white photos of him, during the epic freedom movement in India. This palace also houses a Childrens’ Film Club, a library and also a training center for women.