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Agha Khan Palace, Pune

Some interesting history is connected to the Agha khan palace but it is best known as the jail of Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Gandhi and other freedom fighters. They were imprisoned here for two years from 1942 to 1944.  Kasturba Gandhi and Gandhiji’s secretary Mahadev Desai died at Agha Palace. There Samadhi were built at the corner of premises. Some ashes of Mahatma Gandhiji were brought to the Pune and placed near the samadhi of Kasturba Gandhi.

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Kasturba Gandhi Died at Agha Khan Palace
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Kasturba Gandhiji’s Samadhi

It is donated to Indian Government by Agha Khan IV in 1969. Now it is named as “Mahatma Gandhi Memorial”.

Roaming around palace itself is a great experience. There are five room in the palace and Mahatma Gandhiji’s and Kasturbaji’s statues are placed in most of them. Some handwritten letters by Gandhiji were also stick to the walls which made this place even more interesting.

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Golden Temple

Few months ago, I visited pilgrimage temple of Sikhism “Golden Temple”. It is also called “Darbar Sahib” or “Harmandir Sahib”. It is located in Amritsar, Punjab. Here are some photos of the holy land.

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Golden Temple at night
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The man made lake “Amrit Sarovar”

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Matheran

Matheran is a hill station between Mumbai and Pune, district Karjat. As per Wikipedia, it is 90 km from Mumbai and 120 km from Pune. Matheran means “forest on the forehead” (of the mountains).

We get the chance to visit the place last weekend. It was a wonderful experience. As mentioned in Wiki “it is Asia’s only automobile free hill station” but there are options of horses and hand pulled rickshaw although we opted to walk. We also get the chance to enjoy the toy train journey. Here are some pictures of a place blessed with uncanny natural beauty.

Sunset point

Toy Train