by - 7/03/2015

After leaving the nightmarish traffic of Bangalore we headed to the more peaceful Pune for a quick 4 day visit with Family. With kids in tow we spent the first day at Adlabs Imagica Theme Park, halfway between Mumbai and Pune. Chachi (Me) and Chacha (Husband) had immense fun chasing around the little ones and experiencing all the rides. Best part - no long line ups!

The next day we spent touring the local attractions of Pune. First stop was Aga Khan Palace. Built in 1892 by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III to help local families during a famine. It was also used during the Quit India Movement to imprison Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi from August 9 1942 to May 6 1944. We spent a good hour playing and posing for photos in the lush gardens after touring the palace.

Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple, the most visited temple in Pune, was our next destination. In the beautiful temple we worshiped the God, Ganesh, with sweets and flower garlands. Popular belief is, all that you wish for will come true once you make a prayer here. 

On the third day in Pune we went Sinhagad Fort. Originally named Kondana, Sinhagad is located 30kms SW from Pune. It's estimated to have been built 2000 years ago. Visitors must park at the bottom of the hill and climb 150 - 200 steps to the top. Though most of the fort is now in ruins you can get a sense of how large and beautiful the structure was. We spent 2 hours exploring the area and only covered half of the fort! Make sure to wear sunscreen! 

You can also enjoy some yummy grilled masala Bhutta on the way up!

Saw this little guy.

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