Sunday, 18 May 2014

Adventure Island, Delhi, India

The Adventurous Island !

Metro walk is one of the best luxuries you can get in Delhi where the good places to hang out with entire family is on a limited supply! The Adventure Island theme park is part of Metro walk constructed by Uni-Tech with collaboration from a Florida based company. The entire park is spread over 47 acres of land. 

The Adventure Island Amusement Park has extensive landscaping, water bodies and fountains. There are so many rides to enjoy, some of them are imported from as far as Germany, Italy even Switzerland.

Adventure Island 

Rides which we enjoyed in particular:

  • Splash down
  • Swan Boat
  • Bungee Trampoline
  • Space Jump
  • Cyclone
  • Flip out
  • Twister

The Adventure park got something for everybody. Kids can enjoy the kid rides, adult ones can enjoy bit adventurous rides, older ones in the family can just ride around the park or may be enjoy rides like swan boat unless they don't want to jump in and be part of action lol. 

Photos Of Adventure Island
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The canteen inside the Adventure Island is also decent enough to have food. Make sure you eat once you are done with rides so that your follow riders are at peace instead of watching you making all kind of faces :)

The Adventure Island tickets will set you back by 600 Rs for adults and 500 Rs for children.  The Adventure Island opening timing is 12 PM to 8 PM and it's open all seven days.

How To Go To Adventure Island Rohini/Rithala

Catch the Metro train to the Rithala Metro Station. I guess, you should be able to see a Petrol Station and Metro walk mall from the Metro Station itself, that is the direction you should be heading to, it's 10 mins walk from Metro Station. Alternatively you can also catch a rickshaw which should not cost you more than 10 bucks. 

Keep your higher expectation in check and enjoy your day! Don't forget to carry an extra pair of clothes if you wish to enjoy the rain dance! 

Happy travelling...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Qutub Minar, Delhi, India

A Step Closer to History !

The Qutub Minar is a thousand years old indo-muslim architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Sitesituated in Delhi. It's height must have challenged the engineering minds of that time without any doubt. The minar is five stories tall. First three stories are made of red stone where as fourth and fifth stories are of marble.

the qutub minar delhi
Qutub minar is inscribed with Arabic and India's or rather Asia's oldest script Brahmic inscriptions. The carving on the stones is just mind blowing! 

First Indian mosque was built right here at the foot of tower. Although the mosque doesn't exist in it's full architectural form any more but it's ruins are situated just next to the tower. 

Qutub minar is certainly the best kept monument in Delhi. 

It's huge structure is very attracting and beautiful. Standing for last ten centuries it says a lot about the Indian history. Undoubtedly, It is one of the most famous monuments of India .

The minar is surrounded by beautiful gardens which are really well maintained and you can certainly spend quality time with your family and loved ones here. It is one of those sites which is highly recommended to everyone interested in Delhi's past

One of the mysteries of Qutub Minar is the iron pillar situated in the center of complex. The pillar is 99% pure iron and rest 1% material is unknown to this date. Although the pillar is 1000 years old but it is completely rust free!

Another mystery is the ruins of Jain Temple dating back to the time of Mahabharata and still standing gate of Jain Temple is said to be the main gate of Hastinapur. 

Qutub Minar Photos
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Although there are many other controversies around this tower, few of them are:

  • Why was Qutub Minar built? Although there are many stories behind it but one which stands out as answer is that it was build as a tower of victory to symbolize the beginning of Muslim era in India
  • When was Qutub Minar constructed? The work started in 1193 AD but the tower was only completed in 1368.
  • Who built Qutub Minar? Qutub Minar was built by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, Iltutmish and Firoz Shah Tuglak. The original construction was started by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, third and forth stories were added Iltutmish. It was Firzo Shah Tuglak who completed the minar after adding fifth story.
  • Where is Qutub Minar located? In historical sense, the Qutub Minar is located on the ruins of Lal kot the capital of last Hindu Emperor of Delhi. The proof of this is the paragraph on Qutub Minar which says "Shri Vishwakarma prasade rachita". 
  • Hindu temple stones used for the construction of Qutub minar? Well some says it's build on Hindu temple. And some says it was built using the stones from temples. Although I am not sure about it. But one thing per sure there are many stones which seems to represent Hindu gods and the faces of Hindu gods were defaced completely. 
  • What is the height of Qutub Minar? The height of Qutub Minar in meters is about 73. 
Do take an audio guide available just at the gate of the minar. It will provide all information on Qutub Minar needed to understand about this master piece. It's strongly advisable to pick one else it will just seem like a brick minar!

How To Reach Qutub Minar

The best way is to visit by Delhi Metro. It's situated around 10 mins away from Qutub Minar metro station. If you wish to walk feel free!

Qutub Minar Opening Time: 10 AM to 4 PM all days.

Happy travelling...

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Delhi Zoo, New Delhi, India

The Zoovenir of Delhi !

The National Zoological Garden in one of most visited site in Delhi. Spread about 214 acres of land, it is the home to about 1300 animals. 

Although Delhi is my home town but I have never been to Delhi Zoo, to make it more worst it is situated hardly 10 KM from my house :) Well all I can say my parents like to stay at home. Since my childhood I always wanted to go there to see a lion "live" but never got such a chance. 

As they say everybody gets their share of chances, I guess I got mine by living my childhood again with little angel :)

Delhi Zoo
Delhi zoo is quite big. It takes around 2 hours walk for complete round. Zoo animal includes all kind of different animals but dominated by different breeds of deer. 

Believe you me there are lots of them! In fact I would suggest it should be renamed to deer park where others animals can also be found LOL. 

Joke apart, it's the only place in the entire country where you can find all breeds of deer found in India. Although there is no doubt that the park needs serious uplifting, which is already in progress, still it is a reasonable place to have a day spent with your young ones. 

Delhi Zoo Pictures
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How To Go To Delhi Zoo

Delhi zoo location is quite convenient. It's located close to very famous old fort. Although there are many options available to get to Delhi zoo. But I will discourage you from driving, I know this town could be very notorious when it comes to driving. 

I would suggest you to take the metro rail to Trade Fair Metro Station also known as "Pragati Maidan" Metro station which is situated very close to Delhi zoo. And from there catch an auto to the zoo itself which I guess shouldn't cost you much. If you don't mind walking a km, just take a walk from the metro station to the zoo itself. 

Another excellent choice would be to catch Delhi Hop On Hop Off bus service which will take you directly to the Delhi zoo.

Although I found the trip reasonable but there were few things which should be taken notes off:
  • Recently I have been to many places in India and outside India but I don't understand why foreign tourist are charged extra. It's not like money grow on tree in their home town or they get it for not working. I just don't understand this logic. I guess they are penalizing the foreign tourist for travelling their country! So is the case here also Delhi Zoo ticket will cost 40Rs for locals but 200Rs for foreigners. Why? Will Lioness show a poll dance to a foreigner as he paid 200Rs not to local since he is paying only 20% you cheapster no poll dance for you lol. This shit of charging foreigners extra money is just so stupid and always screw up the entire feeling about a place. 
  • Another super intelligent rule, for camera you got to pay extra. But you can carry your camera cell phone without any charges! No further comments!
  • Queue place is not shaded, you may have to stand in open with a world of people standing in front of you in queue.
  • No big bags allowed inside to save animals from people bringing them lunch and dinner :)
  • World is filled with stupid people. And such kind show their true color in gatherings! Don't get too angry if you see people throwing stone on the crocodile to check whether it is live one or dummy! These damn asses should be canned literately. Or why not just throw one of them in crocodile pond so that other asshole like them be sure that it is an actual crocodile not a dummy.
  • There is a electric car service provided if you don't want to walk around. For the driver of these car, IT'S NOT BLOODY F1 TRACK!
  • Both canteens in and out side of zoo were appropriately priced with reasonable food quality but the canteen inside the zoo doesn't provide any thing to eat.
  • Although it's not a petting zoo but still you will people trying to disturb the animals in the zoo by all means.
It's also advisable to take note of Delhi zoo timings and kindly don't forget to check the zoo website for updated zoo info:
  • From 1st April to 15th October: 9 AM To 4:30 PM
  • From 16th October to 31st March: 9:30 AM To 4:00 PM
If you are looking for a zoo to visit to show your young-ones the flora fauna of India, Zoological Park of Delhi may be a good pick. 

Happy travelling...

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The House Of Little Beauties - Butterfly Park

We heard about Butterfly Park Kuala Lumpur during our trip to Malacca from one of the our co-passenger in the train. But due to other priorities a visit to the Butterfly park was always getting delayed. 

But finally we made it. Butterfly park KL, filled with exotic little beauties, is nursery and breeding area of over 6000 butterflies from more than 120 species. 

Butterfly Park
Although we didn't have much of expectation from this park but it turned out to be bit better! 

For some reason it was very peaceful and surprising to see so many beautiful butterflies flying freely around you without being scared of you! Even few them will come and sit on your head! 

There are other species to be found in the park like turtles and fishes along with some spiders and other insects too. 

The best part, if it's your lucky day you can catch butterflies hatching from chrysalis!

How To Reach Butterfly Park

Butterfly park is situated in Lake Gardens, it is one the five parks which combined together make the Lake Gardens. If one wishes to use public transportation Butterfly park is bit out of reach. However, if you don't mind walking a bit then you got the following options:

  • Taxi: Best option to reach Butterfly park.
  • Bus: You can catch bus plying to Masjid Negara. One such servicing number I can recall is B101 which will drop you Dayabumi complex from there you can take a walk towards Majid Negara which is very close to the Butterfly park.
  • KTM: Once you get off the train at old K.L. railway station walk towards the Majid Negara.

Butterfly Park Pictures
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We spent around 3 hours in Butterfly park. Although nothing much to complain about but park needs to get tidy up a bit. All and all it is a place to check out if you are in Lake garden area but I guess no need to make special plan for it! No doubt it is a great place to bring your kids but for adults nothing much to get excited about :) KL Butterfly park entrance fee will set you back by RM20 for adults and RM10 for children.  Don't forget to carry water and enjoy the trip!

Happy travelling...