Quick look :
Location : Yerwada Pune
Highlight : Samadhis of Kasturba Gandhi, Mahadev Desai, and a Museum
Built by : Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan 111
Built in : 1892
Best time to visit : Any time of the year.
Daily timings : 9.00AM to 5.30PM
Aga Khan Palace dates back to the year 1892. It is one of the most splendid monuments that Pune can boast of. Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan 111 encouraged and supported with finances and keen interest, the construction of this monument. He was motivated by a very noble cause and thus, felt it was his privilege to construct it with that motive in mind. At the time when Pune was hit by a natural calamity around 1890’s Sultan Mohammad Shah ordered the construction, to give employment to all those who were hit by the famine. Aga Khan Palace is rather very closely associated with Our Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, and for this reason this monument is very often referred to as Gandhi National Memorial, as well. A lot of exhibitions portraying the life of Mahatma Gandhi are held very often.
Aga Khan Palace is a treasure with huge collection of pictures that depict almost each and every aspect of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and almost all important happenings that took place. Other than pictures that convey a life time activity, there are a number of objects and items that were used by Mahatma Gandhi, during his lifetime. His personal belongings like his slippers, utensils, mala, clothes, etc. are all displayed here for the public to watch. The Aga Khan Palace is very well maintained. Ever since the year 1980 , the museum, campus and the samadhis there in, are being taken care of by the Gandhi Memorial Society.
Aga Khan Palace was donated by Prince Karim El Husseni to the Government of India in the year 1969. It was his desire that this should be used by the Government of India to commemorate Gandhi and to keep alive his philosophy. Mahatma Gandhi’s wife Kasturba Gandhi, and Gandhi’s aide Mahadev Desai, who served him for a very long time, lay in peace in their samadhis here. Both of them had their last breaths in the premises of Aga Khan Palace, and after their passing away, Charles Correa got their samadhis built in the Palace grounds.