Explore the Tambat Ali & Bhau Rangari Bhavan

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Join The Western Routes for a walk to explore the Tambat Ali and get a closer look at the craftsmen and their craft. After visiting the Tambat Ali we will continue our exploration and visit the newly restored historic Bhau Rangari Bhavan and Ganpati Mandir.

The Tambat community of Pune goes back more than 300 years when some of the residents of the coppersmith's (tambat) lane (ali) moved here during the reign of the Peshwas. They set up small factory-cum-homes in Kasba Peth which is now known as the Tambat Ali. The ever-rising copper prices and a drop in the use of copper objects are the reasons for the decline in the number of families involved in this skilled work. Despite these challenges and struggles, the tambats continue to preserve their craft with pride and honour.

The Bhau Rangari Bhavan was built around 1860 and was the residence of the royal Ayurvedic doctor (Rajvaidya) Bhau Laxman Javale (Bhau Rangari). In 1892, Bhau Rangari conducted the first public Ganeshotsav and a year later Lokamanya Tilak launched it on a much larger scale. Bhausaheb Rangari prepared a special chariot and a Ganesh idol that depicts Ganesha killing a demon, which is a symbol of the British regime. Bhausaheb Rangari's house has been restored to its original glory by the Javale family recently. 

Explore the Tambat Ali

9:00 AM - Assemble at Shaniwar Wada
9:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Explore the Tambat Ali on foot. We will be visiting the Twashta Kasar Samaj Mandir along with the workshop-cum-homes of some members of the tambat community. We will meet and interact with the craftsmen and we will get a chance to buy their handmade products.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - We will proceed to the Bhausaheb Rangari Bhavan and explore the secret rooms, hidden chambers, and weapons and learn the fascinating part he played in the freedom struggle. We will be joined by Sanjeev Javale who is one of Bhau Rangari's descendants and the person behind spearheading and executing the restoration of the wada. 

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The Western Routes was founded in 2011. It started as a concept that found its roots in the love for the state of Maharashtra and its native culture. Since 2015, we have ventured into curating itineraries pan-India which are themed around history, culture, wildlife, people & food.

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  • Guided Walk
  • Entry ticket to Tambat Ali
  • Some snacks and refreshments


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  • Personal expenses and purchase of artefacts


  • Comfortable walking gear 
  • Bottle of water 
  • Sun & rain gear (Umbrella, sun cap, raincoat)

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