Saturday, February 23, 2013

Kingdom of Dreams ~ Destination unlimited entertainment!!

Kingdom of Dreams (India's first love entertainment and leisure destination) happens to be located near Delhi (in Gurgaon), making it one of my preferred ways to be entertained during weekends. When it was opened some years back, I was curious to visit this place and experience the magical live entertainment experience it offered. Sure enough, I have visited it twice now, the only reason why I don't visit it more often is because its located a bit far away from my home.

Last weekend, I visited Kingdom of Dreams along with my CAL group of blogger friends and it was an evening of fun, food, photography and one awesome live show. 

The entry to Kingdom of Dreams, is grand and is indicative of the scale of experiences to come. The giant carved elephant and the musicians singing at the entrance welcoming the guests are a nice way to start off. 



The destination has been conceptualized to offer a complete magical Indian experience to the visitors, has presently three segments  - Culture Gully, Nautanki Mahal and Spiritual Gully.

The first impression that I had when I entered Kingdom of Dreams for the 1st time was that everything was so magical and larger than life. It seemed that I had entered the Indian magical Neverland!!




The Culture Gully, spread over an area of 100,000 feet, is one of the key attractions of KOD. It has been designed like a typical Indian street, however and has elements from a number of states in India. There are elaborately decorated pavilions in which one can experience local cuisines, handicrafts, puppet shows, qawallis, palmistry, tarot card reading, etc.

One of my personal favorites was the Mumbai Pavilion, which was designed on the famous Victoria Terminus.

I loved the colorful sculptures, motifs, paintings and went trigger happy. My friend Sangeeta, who had come for the first time was mesmerized by the decor of the culture gully (she had previously thought that KOD was only for kids!!)

Each pavilion, cafe and restaurant was decorated in a unique fashion and it was a wonderful walk for us through culture gully. While Parul loved the Goa pavilion, Charis and Himanshu loved the Madras Cafe!!

The food at Culture Gully is delicious, no matter which cuisine you choose. On my earlier visit, I had eaten at   Assam, South India and Sugarcane Juice(whichI absolutely loved!!) from Lucknow. This time, all of us headed to Rajasthan restaurant. The Maharaj at Rajasthan restaurant, was from a royal lineage of cooks who served the Rajasthani royalty. He regaled us with stories as we tucked into the delicious food served warmly to us. 
I absolutely loved the way one of the servers showed me how to eat Daal-Baati-Churma. 

Adjoining the Culture Gully is the Spiritual Gully, which is dominated a by a wonderful statue of sleeping Buddha. We all unanimously loved the Buddha, it was such a calming feeling to watch him sleep :) 


We finally headed to Nautanki Mahal, the live art theatre, which has currently has 2 shows running, Zangoora and Jhumroo. Just like rest of Kingdom of Dreams, Nautanki Mahal has been decorated in a splendid fashion. I would describe it as royal meets goth!! ( which is kind of my style so I loved it)




I loved the details of the Nautanki Mahal, the mirrors, the floor, the chandeliers, lamps, chairs, everything!!

We watched Zangoora, The Gypsy Prince  - an action packed musical starring Indian Television heart throbs Hussain K and Gauhar Khan. It a fun packed 3 hours, in which we were entertained to the hilt with songs, dance, special effects (Me and Charis also managed to dance with the cast!!) 
Truely, it was an evening in the Kingdom of Dreams!!!

I would love to go back here again and again with family & friends. If you are in Delhi or visit Delhi on a quick trip, this is the place to must visit if you want to experience the magical India in one evening!!

40 comments:

Shilpa Garg said...

This is on our wish list! Hope we get to see it soon.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, very cool. I love the artwork and all the colors. Looks like a fun place to visit! Great shots, have a happy weekend!

R Niranjan Das said...

Interesting place. Nice post on it.

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beingFab said...

WOW!!! This place most certainly is a must visit!!

magiceye said...

Fascinating place!

Gowardhan said...


amazing place,, looks so wonderful,, should plan to go there soon,.

Anupriya DG said...

Wow! This place looks truly magical!!! Must visit when I'm in Delhi next... :)

And OMG! You actually saw Hussain! Like....HUSSAIN!!! Up, close! *sigh* I envyyyyyyyyy!!!! I've been his BIGGEST fan since, like, forever...... <3

George said...

This sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I have been to something similar here (American culture) and I really enjoyed it. Your photos are very good.

Bella Sinclair said...

Wowwww, what an incredible place! Everything is gorgeously and intricately detailed. I wish I could go there!

Linda said...

Wonderful! Love the photos, looks like a great place!

Rickie said...

Nice review.
I am surprised that you were able to take so many long shots without any stray people in your frame. Each time I have visited the place, it has been chockfull of visitors with barely enough walking space!

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rama said...

Beautiful place, though i have seen it only in an online Interior magazine.
Must be pretty expensive. I like the decor, it is indeed unique.

Sara SHOEmaker said...

this makes me want to travel! what a gorgeous building and equally gorgeous surroundings. how fun!



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Krishna said...

great place for entertainment and eating...

good paintings and light show

thanks for introducing

eden said...

Such a lovely place. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos and the info.

Sumeetha Manikandan said...

Lovely blog. Will visit the place :)

troutbirder said...

What an interesting blog. The Kingdom is remindful to me of a worlds fair. And I love your boat post. A river journey to a quiet place. Nature at its very best. Wonderful !

Rajvi Bhow @ Straight talk said...

I've been to Delhi so many times but haven't got a chance to go to Kingdom of Dreams.. always wanted to go there but had no idea it is so beautiful..loved all your pics..the place and the food have totally inspired me to plan a trip tehre soon.

Sandhya said...

I have never heard of this place. Looks exclusive. Have bookmarked now. Should visit once.

The photos are lovely!

Krithi Mithun Marla said...

have been to delhi i guess 7 times but still havent covered half of delhi ...now u r adding me one more place to the list :)

Arumugam Easwar said...

wow!lovely pictures!

Deeba PAB said...

Your friend Deeba was also under the impression KOD was only for kids! Now I miss not having been there that night. Good company would have mae tis destination even better. It's magical, and really larger than life!

Deeba PAB said...

I was also under the impression that it was for kids. Sorry I missed the opportunity! WOW!! It certainly is magical, and LARGER than life!!

shooting star said...

@deebaPAB - It was such fun and we ladies had extra special masti when hussain went shirt less :)

Purba said...

This post made me so nostalgic! You should try the food at the Kerala stall - it's amazing.

The Gardener said...

It really is a dreamland!

Wonderful shots!!!

Rajesh said...

Interesting place. Never heard of this before.

Ivana Džidić said...

Thank you so much for sharing! and how I wish I could see all of this in person:)
Lovely photos!

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

nice

Vix said...

What a magical place, I love the huge hand, so elegant! x

AmitAag said...

Wonderful! Quite interesting! thank you Sushmita:)

desi Traveler said...

Seems like a good family fun kind of place. Nice pictures...

Janika R. said...

Great Pics....
I wish I can go there tooo...
Thanks for sharing..

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John Verkleir (with Steve Browne) said...

We love this place! It is such a lot of fun and you're right that the food is really good. We took the Metro from where we stay in North Delhi, a rather long trip, but totally worth it!

R. Ramesh said...

awesome post yar..will try to visit this place in august..wishes.

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Seems we now have quite a few theme parks in India itself. I wouldn't be surprised if the next Disney Park comes up in India :)

Lovely pictures. Must have been a superb day at the park.

Manjulika pramod said...

larger than life pics.... I am yet to visit this place..

Fashionthroughtravel said...

This looks like a really great place! I'm sure you had a lot of fun there :)

Neeraj said...

Hi, first time visiting your blog..

Kingdom of Dreams - that's a neat idea. In Toronto, where I live, they have a "festival of cultures" every summer and pavilions of different countries are set up. In India, we have such amazing diversity - every state is so different and is like its own little country.

-Neeraj
http://www.bharari.net

numerounity said...

You went without me??? I am sad :(

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