A people’s movement for heritage and culture


Vision | Approach | Projects

In 2011 several organizations and professionals came together on a commonly shared platform to brainstorm on how to save Pune’s heritage from the random and rapid urban development that the city is experiencing. The natural heritage such as rivers & tekdis have come under lot of stress due to various infrastructure development projects. Heritage buildings are disappearing fast altering the cultural character of the city, especially in the core city area. Imagine a city without history and all its heritage value gone! …

We believe Heritage is integral to urban development.

We can not forget that Pune is safe for women because it has a longstanding history of women’s emancipation. It is the educational capital as historically Pune has been the seat of knowledge. It is green and today Pune is the number one city with greatest diversity of trees in a city. This city, among many things, has given India its first lady Doctor,first school for girls, first public Ganesh Utsav, several freedom fighters and even given the world the game of Badminton!

Virasat Pune initiated by Janwani brings like-minded people get together to imagine, innovate and implement ideas on culture conservation. They include professionals, industrialists, businessmen, scholars, academicians, artists, writers and such other individuals. The aim is to strengthen and enhance existing efforts in conservation and simultaneously, undertake new initiatives.


Our Vision

To enhance cultural value of Pune by conserving its rich heritage and culture that would improve the tourism prospects in order to generate revenue and diversify employment which shall make heritage conservation a sustainable proposition.

We believe Heritage is a public issue and people’s participation is essential to conservation


Our Approach:

Healthy dialogue & multi-stakeholder facilitation | Networking and liaison | Facts-based, solution-oriented research | Documentation support | Ideation, conceptualization and consultations |Sustainable public-private partnership building | Project development and implementation support | Policy and advocacy support

Heritage conservation is the duty and constitutional right of every citizen

Our Projects:

Virasat Pune Movement Launched

Details coming soon!

Pune Guide Book

The Pune travel book includes places to visit in and around Pune, entertainment and recreation, shopping and food options, information for foreign nationals and for business, education, sports and adventure, health and wellness with maps. The book will be available as a web version containing interactive features such as applications for iPad, iPhone and an e-book version.

Photo Credits: Pune and Beyond

Virasat Pune Heritage Week Launched

To commemorate the World Heritage Day on the 18th of April, Janwani organised a week long celebration from 15th – 22nd April 2012.The idea was to get every strata of the city population involved with the heritage of the city. Various activities including workshops, documentary film screening, lectures, exhibitions, heritage cycle ride, art competition, freedom trails, eco trail, story-telling sessions for children and discounts for museums visits were conducted during this week. Know More…

Pune Heritage Walk Launched

Janwani along with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has launched the first formal Heritage Walk of Pune. Starting from the PMC main building the walk extends into the core city area of Old Pune where majority heritage sites are clustered.This 2.5 km walk is multi-thematic and culturally diverse. Know more…

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Virasat Pune Heritage Week Celebration 2013

Owing to the popularity of the Heritage Week 2012, Virasat Pune Celebrated the second edition of the Heritage Week was in celebrated in 2013 from 14th to 21st of April 2013. As a part of this celebration we urged heritage institutions and other organizations related to heritage conservation to reach out to people with their cause and significance. The institutions that took part in this week were Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, National Film Archive of India, Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth and Film and Technology Institute of India. Know more…

Cycle A Way

Virasat Pune initiated ‘Cycle A Way’ – a unique project that plots cycle routes. Visitors can also download maps for Self Guided Cycle Routes through Cycle A Way.

These cycle routes will connect Pune’s places of interest and heritage sites. The routes will also provide information of relevance to enthusiastic cyclists like cycle rental shops or repair shops along the route, eateries, public toilets, parking spots, parks, water sources, medical aid etc. A unique aspect of this project is that it encourages citizen participation. People can team up, design routes with the help of a specially designed mapping kit developed by Janwani, and get their routes reviewed from fellow cyclists. The idea to create such dedicated, unique cycle routes originated from the Pune Heritage Cycle Ride that was a part of Virasat Pune Heritage week 2012 and 2013.

With Cycle A Way, we hope to provide a different heritage tourism aspect of Pune. By encouraging people to explore the city on cycle we also intend to make the city more cycle-friendly, healthy and render cycling more fun.

School Clubs

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Pune Freedom Trails

Many brave hearts of Indian Freedom struggle made Pune their karmabhoomi. Their stories still inspire us. Punekars should be proud of their revolutionary history and their freedom fighters who played crucial role in independence of India. With this notion in mind, Janwani has designed Pune Freedom Trails. These trails highlight the history of a 130 year freedom struggle. There are two such trails that can be taken across the city. The Pune Freedom Trail – Peth Area covers 18 sites such as Hutatma Chowk, Mamledar Kacheri, Narsimha Mandir, Khunya Murlidhar Mandir, Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, etc. along with interesting stories of 17 freedom fighters such as Umaji Naik, Bhaskar Karnik, Vasudev Balwant Phadke, Chaphekar Brothers, Lokmanya Tilak and many others. This is a vehicular, guided tour.

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Culture Mapping of Rajgurunagar

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Gokhale Museum and GIPE revitalization Project

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Revitalisation of Shaniwar Wada

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Virasat Pune Heritage Festival 2014

The third edition of the Virasat Pune Heritage Festival was an amazing, exciting week long celebration with 30 organizations & over 40 activities. A rich, diverse and exciting line-up of activities to engage you with the city and give you a fascinating cultural experience, most events had participation absolutely FREE!

Heritage Walks | Bus Tours | Workshops | Exhibitions | Quiz | Games | Cycle Rides | Evening Performances

Reputed organizations and professionals, come together to create awareness about Pune’s rich legacy and bring Punekars together for the cause of heritage conservation. The 2014 festival was truly people’s festival as many events are supported through crowd funding!

Website for Virasat Pune

An all new website for Virasat Pune – was launched in March 2014 before the Virasat Pune Heritage Festival 2014. The web portal is a voice on heritage conservation activities in Pune. It is also a medium to globally showcase the rich and diverse culture of the city. It is a niche website designed for urban users based on the concept of ‘Neighborhood Communities’. One of the most unique features of the site is the Explore Pune Map, an interactive map with different layers of information plotted on the map such as Facilities, Lifestyle, Culture and Arts, to help the user Explore Pune.

Virasat Pune Club

After the immensely successful Virasat Pune Heritage Festival 2014, we initiated a Heritage Club under the Virasat Pune movement. The Club is a great way to visit new places, meet interesting people, know their work and explore Pune. Janwani organises varied activities for the Club members, at least twice every month. By participating, people are contributing towards conserving what is essential to making Pune the best place to live and work. The club membership is free however each activity has a nominal charge.

For more information, write to: [email protected] Or Register for the Club today!

The Freedom Trail Book

On the occasion of Kranti Day on 9th August 2014, Janwani’s Virasat Pune launched a travel guide book called The Freedom Trail Pune at the hands of Shri Mangesh Tendulkar and Air Marshal (retd.) Bhushan Gokhale. The book was published by Janwani with support and guidance from Shri Arun Firodia. The book has stories of freedom fighters along with 29 historic sites that are associated with episodes from India’s freedom struggle movement. The book includes photos and illustrations, tourist information about the sites, interesting facts and trivia. It also offers a complimentary map of Janwani’s Freedom Trail in Peth area and a plotted map of Pune. Readers can take two guided trails based on this book. Priced at Rs.175 only, the first edition of the book in English is available for sale at Janwani’s office and or online at

Freedom Trail Bus Tour

The second Pune Freedom Trail, a bus tour, was launched on 16th August 2014 by PMPML, in collaboration with Janwani, as Special Freedom Trail. It is a one-day guided tour, which starts at the Pune University and takes you to various sites of heritage value associated with the freedom fighters and events.

Wari : Secular Spirit of Maharashtra

Details coming soon!

Firodia School Quiz League

The Firodia School Quiz League is being jointly organized as an annual Quiz League by Choose to Thinq and Janwani’s Virasat Pune with the support of H. K. Firodia Foundation. The Quiz League is an effort to bring the wonders of the world to school children through the medium of quizzing. It is a series of five different quizzes on five different themes. The themes are – Indian Heritage and History, Science and Technology, Sports, Travel and Geography and Films, Music, Arts and Literature and they will also celebrate Pune’s special contributions to various spheres of human endeavour. The Firodia School Quiz League (FSQL) started with an overwhelming response on 9th July 2014 wherein nearly 150 teams of students participated. The theme was Indian Heritage and History. The second Quiz was held on 19th August 2014 and the theme was Science & Technology.

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The fourth edition of the Virasat Pune Heritage Festival was a grand success! The 2015 Festival took place from the 6th-15th February 2015 and over 10 days, over 30 organisations came together to bring more than 45 activities that ranged from Heritage Walks, Campus Tours, Nature Trails, Films Screenings, Exhibitions and a lot more for the citizens of Pune!

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Wari Sampradayachi Olakh – June 2015

As a part of the Virasat Pune Club, Janwani along with Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad organised a bus tour: Warkari Sampradayachi Olakh to showcase the tradition of Wari. We were accompanied by famous Marathi writers, poets and performers; listening to stories of Sant Tukaram, Sant Dnyaneshwar and performances of Abhanga and Kirtan.

Virasat Pune Bus Tours

Virasat Pune has developed thematic bus tours of the city. These tours are designed to showcase different areas of Pune as ‘orientation tours’ and others that highlight different different aspects of the city of Pune.

PNG Museum – Story of Gold

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Muthai River Walk

In October 2015, Janwani along with Jeevitnadi launched the Muthai River Walk. This one of a kind walk along the lines of the Pune Heritage Walk, aims to connect people to the Mutha river. The objective of the Muthai River Walk is the revitalization of the river and its environs!


2016 was the 5th edition of the Pune Heritage Festival and it was a big success! In 2016, Janwani has joined hands with INTACH Pune chapter to organise the festival. About 30 organisations and institutions take part in the festival to organise various events in the form of walks, workshops, exhibitions, performances, etc. The Festival took place over two weekends in February 2016 – 5th, 6th, 7th and 12th, 13th, 14th with 31 organisations that came together to bring more 51 activities that ranged from Heritage Walks, Campus Tours, Nature Trails, Films Screenings, Exhibitions and a lot more for the citizens of Pune!

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“Our City, Our Culture, Our Heritage”