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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 33991 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2015-05-19 02:52:45 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-05-19 02:52:45 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_33994" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Kingdom of Dreams. Pic: Ruchika Vyas. Kingdom of Dreams. Pic: Ruchika Vyas.[/caption] EXTRAVAGANT musicals, live theatrical shows, special effects, aerial acrobatics and more - Kingdom of Dreams may as well be India’s answer to Broadway India is known for its colourful garb distinctive of different regions, lavish song and dance performances, fiery cuisine filled with spices and its continuous search for spiritual awakening. But rarely can you find all these elements at one place. Kingdom of Dreams—located in Gurgaon, Haryana—offers a glimpse into the myriad things that make India an exciting destination for travellers. Although it is a commercially inclined, it is a great entertainment venue for those looking to explore the country. Live performances The grandeur of India’s Bollywood songs comes alive with musicals and plays at Nautanki Mahal. An auditorium that can seat about 846 people, Nautanki Mahal is equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems together with special effects technology that can replicate the appearance of rain, fire and the like. On my visit, I saw their most popular show till date: Zangoora—The Gypsy Prince. What I found particularly impressive were the exceptional production quality; the advanced hydraulics and revolving stages, the aerial acrobatics by the performers, the seamless change of scenery and the sound system. The show itself was okay. The story seemed too predictable, following a very Bollywood film format. On the other hand, the choreography was well done and the cast did a great job. [caption id="attachment_33995" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Kingdom Of Dreams. Pic: Ruchika Vyas. Kingdom Of Dreams. Pic: Ruchika Vyas.[/caption] While watching the show, I saw many foreigners in the auditorium. I wondered if they understood anything as the show was in Hindi. I was pleasantly surprised to know that they provide electronic translators in six different languages; English, Russian, Korean, Spanish, French and Japanese. They come at an additional cost of Rs 250 (US$3.90). They also provide crèches for families with toddlers, which is free of cost. Food and drinks Nautanki Mahal itself has a food and drinks counter you can explore during the intermission. Alcoholic drinks are also available. However, be sure to visit the Culture Gully section on the premises. Spread over 1,00,000 square feet, Culture Gully consists of six themed restaurants, six show kitchens, three street bars and seven retail stores that are designed to showcase food and culture of different regions of India, namely Mumbai, New Delhi, Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Lucknow, Chennai, Kashmir and Goa. The decor is exceptional and each region has been depicted beautifully featuring prominent sculptures and installations that are reminiscent of the places. For instance, a sandy beach covers Goa, while Madhya Pradesh houses a giant replica of a sculpture from Khajuraho. For those with a love for all things Bollywood, there is the IIFA Buzz Cafe whose interiors are covered with movie posters and other memorabilia. [caption id="attachment_33996" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Kingdom Of Dreams. Pic: Ruchika Vyas. Kingdom Of Dreams. Pic: Ruchika Vyas.[/caption] Spiritual Gully This area is a simple walk-through with an artistically designed sleeping Buddha. Overall, Kingdom of Dreams is a fun entertainment destination that you can explore for the day. The cost of a show is anywhere from Rs 1,099 to Rs 3,999; depending on the seats you pick. The food and drinks will be additional. While the price is on the higher side, they offer good deals every now and then. Check their website for updates before you book: www.kingdomofdreams.in [post_title] => Kingdom of Dreams: India's answer to Broadway? [post_excerpt] => EXTRAVAGANT musicals, live theatrical shows, special effects, aerial acrobatics and more - Kingdom of Dreams may as well be India’s answer to Broadway [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => kingdom-of-dreams-india [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-05-19 02:53:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-19 02:53:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33991 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Kingdom of Dreams: India’s answer to Broadway?

Kingdom of Dreams: India’s answer to Broadway?
May 19, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

EXTRAVAGANT musicals, live theatrical shows, special effects, aerial acrobatics and more – Kingdom of Dreams may as well be India’s answer to Broadway

Thailand: Full Moon events escape Koh Phangan party ban

Thailand: Full Moon events escape Koh Phangan party ban
April 7, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

Thai authorities are putting a kibosh on Koh Phangan’s notorious debauchery, forbidding most of the notoriously loud and narcotics-addled parties that draw throngs of young Westerners – not to mention lucrative tourism revenuies – to the small, idyllic island.

Myanmar: Weaving together the old and new

Myanmar: Weaving together the old and new
April 6, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

WHEN I first came to Myanmar, also known as Burma, in 2009 it felt like a country frozen in time due to its years of isolation and stagnation. Indeed I recall penning an article for Jet Star, something along the lines of it being one of the few places left you could glimpse the Asia of old, one that existed some 50 years ago. And at that time, within the glittering modernity of much of Asia’s new sky rise cities, that was oddly appealing but also a rather simplistic perception.

Yangon: Comparing the old and new

Yangon: Comparing the old and new
March 23, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FIVE years ago in Yangon you would have been hard pressed to find a block of cheddar cheese, an ATM, an English newspaper or any western brand. Today glittering sky scrapers, malls, art galleries and supermarket chains are as much a feature of the new country as the old.

Myanmar’s tourism star on the rise after record year

Myanmar’s tourism star on the rise after record year
March 14, 2015 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

The tourism industry has been booming recently, thanks to increased flights, ease of travel, and the government’s increasingly open attitude toward the international community. Ancient sites such as the temples of Bagan, Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, and the archipelagos of Myeik are becoming priority items on more travelers’ Southeast Asia bucket lists, so much so that the Burmese government expects 2015 to be a banner year.

Touching the ancient past in Myanmar

Touching the ancient past in Myanmar
February 2, 2015 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

DESPITE Myanmar’s newly acquired status as the darling of the Asian circuit, there is still much about the nation that remains undiscovered. While renowned for its wealth of pagodas, unblemished countrysides, unspoiled coast, quaint festivities and great lakes, it’s also a country of history and has its fair share of fading ancient ruins and tumbledown structures that invoke the dynasties and grandeur of the past. Visiting these places could form part of an excellent itinerary.

Thailand’s Tiger Temple — a conservation project or a tourist trap?

Thailand’s Tiger Temple — a conservation project or a tourist trap?
January 28, 2015 - 5 Comments - Ruchika Vyas

ONE of the most controversial ‘tourist attractions’ in Thailand, the tiger temple has been the subject of debate for many years. This is what I found on my visit to the ‘sanctuary’, writes Ruchika Vyas

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