We are not makers of History.
We are made by History
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, 18th April is celebrated as the World Heritage Day. Heritage is broadly classified as anything that has been passed on through generations. Historical sites, cultural traditions, natural wonders, regional food, jewellery, heritage can either be a personal property or belong to the world.
The theme this year is “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”
Keeping up with the theme, Tugging My Luggage introduces you to Pune.
With a rich history spanning from Shivaji Maharaj to the Peshwas, Pune is known as the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra. Till date, there is a strong arts, music and theatre scene in the city and it continues to grow strong with continuous participation from the younger generations.
With time, most of the landmarks have withered into oblivion but some still stand resolute mocking us with their grandeur.
Shaniwar Wada – The seat of the Peshwa empire, one of the most prominent structures in Pune.
The Sardar Shitole wada near Kasba Ganpati Mandir.
Nana Wada – Home of Nana Phadnavis, one of the most influential administrator of the Maratha Empire. The Wada is undergoing renovation and there is an amphitheater planned to conduct cultural events inside the premises.
Burud Ali – Pune’s traditional bamboo market.
Pune Nagar Vachan Mandir was founded in 1848 and is believed to be one of the oldest library in the city.
Natu Wada – This old style wada with typical Maratha wooden architecture still serves as living quarters to many families.
Lal Mahal – Shahaji Raje built this palace for his wife and son, he great Maratha king Shivaji. Most of Shivaji Maharaj’s childhood was spent here.
Typical Maratha architecture
Visharambag Wada – Built by the Peshwa, these were the resting quarters for the rulers. The Pune Corporation Heritage Department has recently completed restoration work and will soon open doors for the public.