Lal Mahal is another place of historical importance in Pune. It’s close to Shaniwar Wada, and it has been the childhood home for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He stayed here for several years before he captured his first fort – Tornagad.
This palace was built by Shivaji’s father, Sahaji Bhonsale, for Jijabai (Shivaji’s mother) and Shivaji. It was entirely made of red bricks.
But it was ruined in later years, and eventually destroyed because of various attacks. And it was never rebuilt after. What you see today is a smaller version of the building refurbished by Pune Municipal Corporation.
It’s more of a museum than the palace it used to be. It stands as a reminder of the glory and bravery of Shivaji Maharaj. The collection has huge oil-paintings and sculptures portraying some significant life events of Shivaji. It also has a large map highlighting the different forts conquered and ruled by him. A statue of Rajmata Jijabai is also here.
Lal Mahal is among the most popular places to visit in Pune for children and senior citizens. The surrounding Jijamata Garden is a fun-filled recreational park for kids.