Thursday, 17 March 2011

Aga Khan Palace

We wanted to visit somewhere 'touristy' and with a bit of history and looking on the internet I found that just a short walk from our apartment was Aga Khan Palace.

It was built in 1892 by Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III and was donated to the government of india in 1962. It is most famous for being the place where Gandhi and his family were kept under house arrest in the1940's. Both his wife and Secretary died there of dysentry and it has memorials to them both. It also has some of Gandhi's ashes in the grounds aswell, which is quite cool to see.

The Palace is now managed by the Gandhi Memorial Society and for just 100 rupees each you can go into some of the rooms and see how it looked when Gandhi stayed there, it is all relatively untouched, a lot of his possessions are still there. (Unfortunately photography wasn't allowed inside the Palace, so I didn't get any pictures, which was a shame). 

The building itself is beautiful and the grounds are stunning! It was a really peaceful place to be and there were a lots of locals relaxing in the grounds in the shade of the trees. 
I took quite a few photos of the Palace, and I'm quite impressed with how well some of them came out (if I do say so myself)! 

This is my favourite picture.

Walking into the grounds.

Memorial to Gandhi's wife and Secretary.

Gandhi's memorial that holds some of his ashes.

Close up of the memorial. 

Some of the trees in the grounds were quite amusing, they looked so strange, I'd never seen anything like it before! Each tree looked like it was made up of hundreds of smaller trees that were all growing crazily from every direction, wrapping around each other and fighting over every inch of space available! Mental!

Crazy Tree!

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