The Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in Pune, India. Built in 1892, it is one of the biggest landmarks in Indian history. The palace was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighbouring areas of Pune, who were drastically hit by famine.
Aga Khan Palace is a majestic building and is considered to be one of the greatest marvels of India. The palace is closely linked to the Indian freedom movement as it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, his secretary Mahadev Desai and Sarojini Naidu. It is also the place were Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai breathed their last breath. In 2003, Archeological Survey of India (ASI) declared the place as a monument of national importance.
 
 The Aga Khan Palace is a historically important pace in Pune. It is famed for its connect with the Indian Independence movement. British held many important freedom fighters under arrest in this Palace. It is in this palace where Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi were imprisoned along with Mahadeobhai Desai during the Quit India Movement in 1942. 
 
There are memorials of Mahadeobhai Desai and Kasturba Gandhi, which are made out of marble. It is indeed a place which is worth a visit to pay tribute to India's great war heroes.
 
 

Tourist attraction:

The palace has developed into a national and international place of pilgrimage with over a lakh of visitors every year who come to pay homage to the samadhis here. The palace is surrounded by a sprawling garden. The famous movie 'Gandhi' was shot here.
 

Gandhi Memorial Society:

The management of the museum, samadhis and the palace campus was transferred to the Gandhi Memorial society in 1980. The society has been trying to make this place a living memorial to Ba (Kasturba Gandhi) and Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) by organizing a number of activities throughout the year. Following public functions are held here:
 
  • Martyr’s day – 30th January
  • Mahashivratri - Kasturba’s death anniversary celebrated as Mother’s day
  • Independence day – 15th August
  • Republic day – 26th January
  • Bapu’s birth anniversary and Ba and Bapu awards ceremony – 2nd October
 
Present activities:
  • Picture gallery and museum- Pictures depicting important events in the freedomstruggle and things used by Mahatma Gandhi during his stay in the palace like utensils, clothes and his personal effects (towel, mala, chappals). Also, room in which Kasturba Gandhi took her last breath, the dinning table where they used to have their meals, the room in which Gandhi ji used to give science lessons to his grand daughter, letter written by Gandhiji on the death of his dear secretary,  are some of the attractions in the palace.
  • Mahurika nursery school
  • Kasturba Mahila Khadi Gramodyog Vidyala
  • Library and documentation centre
  • Skill and vocational training
  • UNCHR Refugee Guidance centre
  • Nashabandi Parishad work
  • Friends of Gandhi museum
  • ICDS training of Aganwadi workers, supervisors and CDPQS
 
A special cenotaph honours Kasturba who died here. A shop attached sells khadi or cotton handloomed garments and textiles.
 
Timings : 9 am to 6 pm (Lunch break: 12.30 pm to 1:30 pm)
Entry fee: Rs.5 for adults and Rs.2 for children
Location: Aghakhan Palace, Nagar road, beyond Fitzgerald Bridge
Address: Agakhan Palace, Nagar Rd, Kalyani Nagar, Yerwada, Pune, India
Phone no: +91 20 26880250
Email: gandhi_memorial@vsnl.net
 
 
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