Sanskruti, Pune - The Ethnic Getaway for Kids!
By Madhurie Singh, August 30, 2009
A few months back my school mate arrived home with her daughter from Bangalore.
It’s fun to see one’s school mate after a few years married, with changed views about the world, with profession that was never ever imagined and so on.
But obviously, the best is always to meet their kids. 🙂
My friend came to Pune with her daughter who is older to my sons. So she instantly became their didi.
My sons were enjoying making tea and pakoras with their new didi :), which we had to sip, eat and also made sure that we praised their imaginary food. That’s time I realised, how I might be irritating my hubby by asking him, how was the food even before he swallowed the first bite :P.
With any extra kid in the house, even a normal day becomes very tiring, somehow. So we decided to go out in the evening to some place where the kids can play around freely, eat happily and also just be relaxed.
Whenever we go out, my first intention is to have a gala time. No hassling for food or toilet!
Since we had a good number of hours to spend, I decided upon Sanskruti. It’s my first choice whenever anyone comes to Pune from abroad.
Sanskruti is little away from Hadapsar with very spacious location, ethnically decorated and designed. The theme is Rajesthani folk look and feel. It’s a peaceful place to hang around with kids and friends.
Lovely parking space too so never go by an auto rickshaw as finding one back home will be a nightmare!
The moment you enter, there is a row of snacks and drinks with maharashtrian and rajesthani touch. Golguppas, vada pav, dhokla, bhelpuri, chaat, samosa, chole and rasna !
After we had nearly all the yummy snacks without feeling any guilt, we headed towards the magic show hut. There was a stand up comedy going on in the near by hut. There was a ghazal singer entertaining people with their selections. There was a shed for palmists too where my friend wanted to go, but looking at the crowd, she decided against it.
We went to a puppet show after some time, where the kids were having time of their life. The puppeteer was quite interactively entertaining.
I was keen on trying my hands again on the pottery wheel. More than me, my sons were eager to put their creativity on the wheel! My friend’s daughter Manasvi was too good with the pottery. She made lovely tiny pots of different shapes and painted them back home. (Now they are gone as my sons crushed the pots to remake a dinosaur from the mud, which never even saw the light of the day, leave alone any color! )
Since we were again famished, exploring so many new stuff, we went to the dining hall. Yes! There are two dining halls with buffet of rajesthani food laid out. Well, the food is not as delicious as the activities we did there. But we freaked out on the unlimited icecreams with gulab jamuns. 😛
After eating our dinner, we still were not in the mood to leave the beautiful Sanskruti arena. So we sat down to watch dance performances alternating between katthak and western with bollywood style.
As we were through with the dance, we discovered another enclosed place where people were trying their vocal cords with an orchestra! In front of that were a few girls from Eastern Indian states, performing bamboo dance. My friend jumped right away in between the bamboos and danced away like a pro.
Kids wanted to try it too, but I was little scared of the effect of bamboo clacking against their tiny ankles, so diverted them towards the karaoke. My hubby, who sang a few songs that were more like playing antakshari. So on the way back home, we continued playing antakshari till the three kids fell asleep. Hoping that we were not so boring for them, we continued to our journey singing away.
I really feel like going there again, but will control the urge until the H1N1 virus meets it’s natural end.
SANSKRUTI Address :
Opp. Indian Oil Corporation, Solapur Highway, Loni-Kalbhor, Pune-412201. Tel.:6915156 / 7 / 8. Fax : 6359165
Admin. Office : 16, Gulistan Complex, K.B. Hidayatulla Road, Opp. S.P.C.A. ,
Near Poona College, Pune : 411001.
PHONES : 4030434/5 Tele-Fax -4030436
SITE PHONE : 6915156 / 7 / 8.
SANSKRUTI Timing and Tariff – DETAILS
Timings for SANSKRUTI are 10:30 a.m. to 03:30p.m. and 05:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for Saturdays & Sundays, and daily it is open from 05:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The TARIFF is Rs. 225 /-* per adult and Rs. 125 /-* per child (Between 3 ft. & 41/2 Ft. of height).