A fascinating largest one-man collection in the world; the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Pune is famous for its curios and artefacts, ranging from beautifully embroidered textiles to sculptures and antique copper vessels to the swords of the Peshwas. History literally comes alive as you walk through its various sections. The museum came into being because of the passion of Dr.Dinkar Kelkar (1896 – 1990) who toured some of the remotest parts of the country to add to his collection. In fact, this visually enticing foray into the past begins right from the entrance with the imposing presence of a galloping horse in wood, believed to be from the 19th century. Further ahead is the Gujarat Gallery which has a wooden facade typical to houses of Gujarat as well as other utility items from the region. A striking Meenakshi statue from the 18th century holds court in one corner of the gallery with a large antique mirror reflecting the details on the back of the statue. Some of the other things on display include a collection of musical instruments. There also is a unique gallery of lamps reflecting mythological themes. In addition to vessels, textiles, spice boxes and puppets, there is an ivory dice set which is example of superb craftsmanship. However, one of the biggest attractions here is a ‘Peshwai’ room that has its link with the romance of Peshwa Bajirao for Mastani, daughter of Raja Chhatrasal of Bundelkhand.. Bajirao fell in love with her while on a campaign and brought her to Pune where he built a palace for her called ‘Mastani Mahal’.