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Though Big-Brother Mumbai plays host to a larger chunk of tourist inflow in the state, Pune is not much behind as a popular tourist destination. Tours in Pune are highly recommended for an insight into the great Maratha heritage. Pune might not have some great names to boost in terms of tourist attractions, but these attractions have their own qualities that can be experienced only after seeing them. Most of the attractions are related to the Marathas, who at one point of time controlled much of the north and western India and challenged the might of Mughal Empire as well as that of British.

Here one can have a look at the remnants of foundations and outer walls of multi-storey Shaniwar Wada that was burnt down in 1827. Pataleshwar Cave Temple is a welcome respite from the general bustle and crowds at most of the other temples. Raja Denkar Kelkar Museum is one place in Pune that should never be missed as the more than 17,000 art objects exhibited here are the example of how curiosity of a single man can create wonders.

Pune, formerly called Poona, is the second largest city (after Mumbai) in the state of Maharashtra,India .. Marathi is the language of the majority of the denizens of the city.. This being a metropolitan city with many English literate people, 'Puneites' is also a term commonly used to describe the people of this city, particularly in English dailies.

Bajirao laid the foundation of his original residence with a handful of earth from the nearby Lal Mahal on a Saturday, the 10th of January, 1730.
With teak from the jungles of Junnar, stone from the quarries of Chinchwad and lime from the lime-belts of Jejuri, this edifice of extravagance was completed in 1732 AD for the princely sum of Rs. 16,110.
The opening ceremony was performed according to Hindu religious customs, again on an auspicious Saturday, the 22nd of January 1732.
Bajirao's descendants made several additions. Among these were the fortification walls with bastions and gates, court halls and other buildings, fountains and reservoirs. The perimeter fortification wall with five gateways and nine bastion towers encloses the whole complex.

It is said that, when Bajirao started building the walls and set the main gate against Delhi, the king, Chhatrapati Shahu alarmed that Bajirao's ambitions would antagonize the Mughal monarch in Delhi, suggested that the walls be of bravery, rather than of mud – "chhaatiiche, maatiche naahi!"

The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati Trust, based in Pune was established in he year 1893 and has thus been in the service of devotees since 108 years.
It was in 1893 when Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak gave a public form to the celebration of the festival of Ganpati and made it a genuinely people's festival. The Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust exists from the year of the inception of the sarvajanik (public) Ganpati festival and is the fulcrum of all sarvajanik(public) celebrations in Maharashtra.
In the last few decades, the celebration of this festival left a lot to be desired. The intelligentsia began pointing out to the malpractices that had entered the celebrations. It was felt that the direction of the festival needed to be changed. It was felt by many that it was only the shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati trust that could show the way.
The trust took up this responsibility and organized many seminars and camps and workshops to discuss and guide people about how the festival could be made more participatory and at the same time contribute to society. Various mandals from all round Maharashtra started coming to seek advice on topics like how to maintain a temple, how to use the contributions gained during festivities for public welfare etc. Based on the principles propounded by Bal Gangadhar Tilak the trust has guided hundreds of Ganeshotsav mandals.

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