Diwali special: Recreation spots to visit with your kids

With the Diwali vacations around the corner, the guide created a list of destinations to explore with your little ones in an around Pune

Fun places
Butterfly garden
Not many people are aware that the city houses a butterfly garden. It is a small garden with two walk-in enclosures. Once you cross the huge green gate of the park you enter an amazing new world with more than 50 species of butterflies. This garden sustains a diverse population of not just butterflies but also other insects and birds.
At: Saharkargar Nagar.

Yashwantrao Chavan Park
Seven Wonders Of The World Park or Yashwantrao Chavan Park in Pune is a good entertainment park for kids and visitors to the city. Replicas of the statue of Liberty, Great Pyramid of Giza, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel tower, Colosseum, Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal are set up in the garden. The park includes an auditorium for a 4D movie.
At: Shiv Darshan area, near Mitra Mandal Chowk, opposite Rajiv Gandhi Academy.

Historical places
The fort is situated 1318 metres above the sea level and was the capital of the Maratha Empire for almost 26 years.

Torana fort
Torana fort is one of the large forts located in Pune district. The fort is historically important as it was captured by Shivaji Maharaj at the age of 16 from where he started his journey to build up the Maratha Empire. The fort has two temples too. The fort has two major wings (machi) — the Zunzar machi and Budhala machi. On the Budhala machi there is a big vertical rock. When seen from a distance it looks like a thumb held up. The fort also has two gates — the Binicha Darwaja and Konkan Darwaja. This fort is located around 65 km from Pune.

Torana fort

Educational places
The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

The Raja Dinkar Kelkar  Museum exhibits ornaments of ivory, silver, and gold, musical instruments, war weapons and vessels. The museum now holds over 20,000 objects of which 2, 500 are on display. These consist of mainly Indian decorative items from everyday life and other art objects from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Time: 10 am to 5.30 pm
At: Natu Baug, off Bajirao Road.

Music hall with a unique wood carving recreated at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Music hall with a unique wood carving recreated at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Tribal museum
Tribal museum exhibits the cultures of tribal communities mainly from the Sahyadari and Gondwana regions. It is a place where one can get an insight into the lives of the tribal communities of Maharashtra.
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
At: Tribal museum, Ganj Peth.

Tribal MuseumTribal Museum

Other places to visit

Pataleshwar Caves

Pataleshwar Caves, National War Museum, Pune Cantonment, Pu La Deshpande Garden, Empress Garden and Sinhagad Fort

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