Our student Amol Satpute, shares with us , a few places you should visit in Pune .
Here’s what he has written to us.
Out of all these places the Lalmahal is my favorite place in Pune city
The Pune city has so many prestigious places. Some are witnessing glorious history of Maratha Emperor, some are famous hotels and sweet shops like Chitale Bandhu which are famous for the quality of food they are offering to people while some places are famous for the quality of entertainment they are giving to people. Out of all these places the Lalmahal and the Shreyas hotel are my favorite places in Pune city. I have visited them several times.
Lal Mahal is one of the most important place from historical point of view. It is actually located near Shanivar Wada in Somwar Peth. In the year 1630 AD, King Shivaji maharaja’s father Shahaji Bhosale, established the Lal Mahal for his wife Jijabai and son. Historically, the Lal Mahal is famous for an encounter between Shivaji and Shaista Khan where Shivaji cut off the later’s fingers when he was trying to escape from the window of the Lal Mahal. This was part of a attack on the massive and entrenched Mughal Army that had camped in Pune, with Shaiste occupying Shivaji’s childhood home.
There are so many historically old but precious things preserved in Lal Mahal. One of them is “Nails of Tiger”. These are the nails with which King Shivaji Killed Afzal Khan. Outside Lal Mahal, there is beautiful statue of Dadoji Kondev who was teacher(Guru) of King Shivaji. King Shivaji spent most of his childhood days with his mother jijabai in Lal Mahal. Thus Lal Mahal is historically sacred place. We can visit Lal mahal during day time from morning 9:00a.m. to 5:30p.m.
The next important place is Shreyas Hotel located on Apte road Pune. This Hotel belonges to “Chitale Bandhu” and was established in year 1966. It has completed 50 glorious years by celebrating golden jubiliy. It is famous for it’s typical Puneri Maharashtrian Style vegetarian food and snacks. I am visiting this hotel from childhood.
They have successfully maintained quality of all food items. Basundi and Amras are very popular tasty dishes that all people like a lot. The specialty of the food is variety of lunch or dinner menu is available at moderate price. They have separate mess and mini lunch facility for hostel students. Now a days the hotel has also stated offering hall for special ceremony like marriage or birthday parties.Snack is available usually from 7:00a.m. to 10:30a.m. morning. Lunch is available from 11:00a.m.to 2:00p.m. while dinner from 7:30p.m. to 11p.m.
Thus I would suggest everyone to visit above two places at least once in their life.