His­tor­i­cal ren­dezvous

Aga Khan Palace

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Noth­ing can beat the tran­quil­ity at the Aga Khan Palace where im­por­tant mo­ments of his­tory come alive within the large stone rooms or lush gar­dens. It’s a must-visit for ev­ery tourist, but the grand struc­ture is also a draw for ar­chi­tec­ture and his­tory buffs or those who sim­ply want a breath of fresh air and soli­tude. The plaques and notes are in­for­ma­tive but if you want to soak in the his­tory and feel of the place, seek out Nee­lam Ma­ha­jan, the guide who has been there for the past 30 years. She’ll fill you with anec­dotes on how the palace was once a res­i­den­tial school, take you to the back­yard where the samad­his stand and show you the flag pole in the gar­den where Gandhi hoisted the Congress flag in 1943 and 1944. Get­ting there: Go down the Na­gar Road and ask any­one for the way to the Palace, it’s a land­mark on the main road.

Pho­to­graph by AB­HI­JIT PATIL

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