The Peths of the Old City: some renovated /well preserved and some in a state of utter disrepair, provide a good insight into the history and cultural heritage of Pune. Flush with many remnants of the past, these interesting sightseeing attractions of Maharashtra are indeed worth a look. Located in close proximity to Shaniwar Wada is the Old City of Pune, where you can still feast your eyes upon the adroit town planning of the Peshwas.
The “peths” refer to the administrative units dating back to the times of the Peshwas. Like the municipal and government wards of modern times, these structures were used for running the empire in the days gone by. They are named after the different days of the week. As you walk through the narrow lanes along these peths, you get to savor the delights of majestic wadas (Marathi homes designed like a fortress) such as the Binewale Wada or the Patwardhan Wada. It is indeed mind-blowing to notice the brick tiles lining the rooftops, intricate brick work on the exteriors as well as finely crafted wooden plants and animals lining the facades of these buildings.
The most popular monument is “Kasba Path”, which holds the distinction of being the residence of Maharaj Shivaji—albeit for a short while. The present day Lal Mahal has been built on similar designs and is an attempted remake of this monument. A small walk to Jyoti baiphule Mandi brings you closer to a large and ancient market that is famous for trading multifarious items.
The other points of interest in these parts of Pune is the Tulshi baug Temple, which is reputed for its tall shikhara, good looking façade, a pretty compound lined by small shops and residences and walls depicting anecdotes and happenings from the life of lord Rama.
Vishram baug Wada is also a “must see” in the area and is known for its large dark carvings of wood, beautiful façade, fantastical and rich carvings of plants and animals-- acting as props to the balcony and much more.
|Visit Duration||2 to 3 hours|