I always have an urge to visit historical places. This might also come from the fact that I am from Jaipur, which itself has so many forts and palaces. Here I was in Pune, so I wanted to check out Vishrambaug Wada.
Next morning, I was prepared for another historic place visit, but I first need a little boost before actually going out. So I took my clothes off and jumped into the hotel swimming pool for a little swimming session. After refreshing, I was ready for my next destination, Vishrambaug Wada, a royal mansion with a historic touch. Again, I decided to walk as it was not so far from my hotel.
On my way, I saw a famous restaurant called Ganaraj Pure Veg which is known for its Pav Bhaji. After checking certain things on the internet, I finally decided to go and check out the restaurant. I had Pav Bhaji, but I what I really liked was the ambiance of the place. But going to that restaurant was a good decision as I made a new companion friend who just like me, was a traveler and a history lover.
After a nice breakfast and a small chitter-chatter with my new friend, I again started walking towards Vishrambaug Wada, but this time with a companion. As we were placing our final footsteps towards the big Castle, I started getting a princely feel. It is quite amazing how your persona can change when you enter different places.
This place was built for the mighty king Bajirao II. It is spread across 20,000 square feet of land and was built in 1807. The Wada is more like a huge house, and one can notice woodwork in the balconies. Despite being so old, it still has a royal touch with luxurious rooms, although, a lot of money was spent on its maintenance and restoration. It also houses a small museum which has Maratha artefacts on display.
Vishrambaug Wada actually displays the simplicity of Maratha warriors and how rooted they were. After a big photo session, I and my new friend came back to our hotels with a promise of meeting again tomorrow for another historic visit.