once the capital of the Maratha empire was captured by the British
in 1818. It was developed as an army centre and figured prominently
in the Indian struggle for independence. Today it continues
its early lead as a centre for education in engineering, defence
all big towns Poona has grown leaps and bounds transforming
from an idyllic, organised city to a congested mini metro. Most
of the interesting monuments date back to the heydey of the
Maratha empire – the Shanwarwada built in 1736 was once
the palace of the Peshwa Rulers. The 8th century Temple of Pateleshwar
stands in the centre of Poona. It is carved from a large single
boulder. The Aga Khan’s Palace, the neo Gothic Deccan
College, the Council Hall and the Vishrambagh wada are some
of the other beautiful monuments.
Poona one can take excursions to the several forts, hill stations
and picnic spots in the Western Ghats. Many of these were visited
by Dayal but we shall only peep into a few images of the area.