A visit to Delhi minus Kingdom of Dreams is like Bollywood without SRK

Delhi and its area can get uncomfortably hot in the summers and malls may seem like your only option for a family outing. Walking through the now amazingly popular Cyber Hub to find your perfect spot in 48degree will convince you on why that part outdoor and part indoor market is not on my list. So is home your only other escape? Nah, especially not if you are visiting Gurgaon for the first time or once every year or two.

Right in the heart of the city is the larger than life Kingdom Of Dreams. A brain-child of none other than the heartthrob of Indian Cinema, Shah Rukh Khan.

If you have just two days to spend in Gurgaon and not more than 10 days in the country, Kingdom Of Dreams is your cheat sheet to India and its way of life.

It is always on the cards for my family, guests and weekend outings with friends. Forgive me for bringing it to your travel platter so late in the day since it has been around for a couple of years now. But I promise, it is not a place you want to miss out on.

Ambience: 5/5 Food: 4/5 Service: 3/5 Entertainment: 4/5 Child-friendliness: 4/5 Safety: 5/5

The complex has a Culture Gulley, a grand, opulent miniature tour of India which even takes your tastebuds for a real gastronomic ride (minus the infamous Delhi-Belly). And boy, if Bollywood is your thing, you are in for a real filmy treat at Nautanki Mahal.

Culture Gully highlights:

An entry ticket at Kingdom of Dreams, doubles up as your food or entertainment coupon. It transports you to a melange of Indian culture, food and shopping. There is even a Kid’s play area complete with pottery, 5-d films and Arcade Machines. The sandy floor makes the play area super attractive for kids and colouring your own creation and taking it home adds that extra thrill. There is also a stall that offers spray tattoos.

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Culture Gulley even showcases different states with their unique architecture and cuisine, all under one magical sky dome. The Mumbai Local and Kerala boat are my favourite. And even a fleet of stairs looks straight out of a museum or an art gallery.

 1) So from the longest menu of dosas to heart-warming haleem from Hyderabad to the jaggery sweets from Assam, you can eat even to your neighbour’s heart’s content. Kids can choose from sandwiches, fries, dosas, noodles and what not.


 2) Arts and craft village, home decor stores- I thought shopping at Kingdom of Dreams would mean walking straight into a tourist trap. Although a wee bit expensive than the local markets, they are still competitvely priced. There is a huge variety of clothes, artefacts, jewellery etc, all under one roof.

 

3) Indian Folk Art & Dance – My three year-old twins were happy to watch dance performances from Karnataka and Assam states, every alternating hour.

4) On our last few visits, there was also a great Puppet show, which was missing this time. Needless to say the kids missed it. Now that I think about it, the man on the stilts was also missing. Kingdom Of Dreams, please bring these back.

Nautanki Mahal Highlights

 1) You can chose from three World Class Theatricals-
Zangoora – The story of a Gypsy Prince
Jhumroo – A musical comedy
Whizwits– A musical fantasy show for kids and families

 2) I haven’t been for either of them because my kids are all of three years and I doubt they will sit through it all. But friends swear that it is a Bollywood style extravaganza with cutting edge technology and a stunning play of talent, music and entertainment
 3) FYI kids below 2 years of age are not permitted due to the loud decibel levels. Tickets for children above 2 years is the same price as that of Adults
 4) An electronic translator with an English, Russian, Japanese, French, Spanish or Korean languages is available at an extra price

Kingdom Of Dreams brings in the authenticity and the taste from different corners of India and serves it to you in an air-conditioned, safe and entertaining environment. Even a free as well as Valet parking option is available. And a Camel ride is also available at the entrance. What else can you ask for?

Well may be Paan. The Indian version of mouth-freshner and coolant. Loads of different ingredients depending on your choice. Mine is gulukand wrapped in fresh betel leaves. It leaves a lingering taste of Indianess in your mouth. For an NRI twist, try the chocolate or the mango flavour.

Comments (11)

Sadhvi Posted on Jan 18, 2016

wow...somehow missed this place in my previous visit .Determined to visit in future..

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Derek Cullen Posted on Jan 17, 2016

Charu, You know, this post is exactly why India is on my list for when I leave SE Asia. The place is just brimming with stories and the photo's are always so incredibly colourful. Can't wait to go, thanks for the post! Derek

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RoarLoud Posted on Jan 17, 2016

Looks like a fun spot to visit. Do you think older kids would like it too?

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Inder Mohan Bali Posted on Apr 03, 2015

We have been there twice, once with your FIL & MIL on Inder's birthday and second time with our son Anish, Kopal & Shivani, Tanisha & Tara. Tara then was below the permissible height 35 cm so what did the ladies in the group do, took her into the ladies and stuffed some toilet paper under her heals inside the shoes. when Tara came out she was walking as if wearing heels. Still not up to 35cm a second visit to the ladies and some more tissue stuffed under her heals got her up to the mark or slightly over. The little one calmly did the Zangoora act of walking tall and passed easily through the check barrier. Once inside the hall she took off her shoes and the stuffing and really enjoyed the show. At the end when confetti was showered on the audience Tar got out of her chair and repeatedly collected the confetti like coloured pacers stuffing them in my pockets when she could not hold any more in her little hands any more. Tara was at that time the age of your twins. So dare and take them to the experience of KINGDOM OF DREAMS they and you will love it.

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MR Posted on Feb 18, 2015

We have not seen the place yet but are very curious

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P c Posted on Feb 18, 2015

We have also visited the place and found it spectacular. However I wish that the hot cup of filter coffee was available on the ground floor and not the first floor. That apart it is a beautiful place that showcases India really well. They should pay you for writing such a good article

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Farah Siddiqui Posted on Feb 18, 2015

Very well written Charu !!! Really its a wonderful place to visit...

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Sumeet Posted on Feb 17, 2015

The place is like a huge cinema set with lot of entertainment.

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Charu Chhitwal Posted on Feb 17, 2015

Thank you Gonna Be A Daddy, It is lovely to have you visit us time and again : )

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Gonna Be A Daddy Posted on Feb 17, 2015

OK this looks SOOOOOOO awesome! Knowing Sharukh is behind it makes it even more fascinating!

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Charu Chhitwal Posted on Feb 17, 2015

Thank you

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Charu Chhitwal, Founder KetchupMoms has daring tastebuds, a love for travel and an owl for her soul. It’s little wonder then that she loves to write and share her tips and tricks on traveling, food,

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