Kingdom of Dreams: The one thing you absolutely must do when in Delhi

I had heard about the wonderful extravaganza that is the Kingdom of Dreams.


I’d seen a few pictures and read some articles, but nothing in the world could prepare me for the experience I had.


Let me take you on a journey.


The entrance itself was glittering and golden.


Entrance


There were huge elephant sculptures, men in colourful clothes, and festive music.


Music men


For the adventure junkies, there is a reverse bungee jump you can try. I was feeling like a chicken that day, so I decided to just enter the main building instead.


Reverse bungee jump


The Kingdom of dreams is a celebration of all things larger than life.


Everywhere you lay your eyes, there is something impossibly beautiful looking back at you.


Like this serene Sleeping Buddha, that reminded me so much of the one in Thailand.


Sleeping Buddha


Or this wall of reflecting mirrors that catch the light in the most delicate, dreamy way.


Wall of mirrors


Take a look at this bejeweled entrance.


Bejeweled entrance


You can see the thought in every little detail.


Details


The Culture Gully was my favourite section. It is, very simply, where the food is at.


You’ll find a restaurant representing almost every state in India, and it’s impossible to not find something you’ll love to eat here.


Decorated to showcase the culture of the region, each restaurant also has a shop where you can buy trinkets and curios that you’d traditionally find in those places.


Here’s Bengal. It made me homesick.


West bengal


Here’s the stunning Chennai. (This also made me homesick. I’m all mixed up okay, so it’s possible.)


Chennai


Bombay had a local train motif going, which I loved.


Mumbai local


The interiors were even more stunning.


This was inside the Kerala restaurant. Aren’t the colours magnificent? (Homesick yet again. Sigh)


Kerala


A wall of cups and saucers in the Assam section. Perfection!


Assam


There are also some fun activities to indulge in like face reading, palm reading, and foot massages!


We checked out this very cool Bollywood Lounge bar with huge movie posters, and lots of red carpet to walk around on.


Film lounge


The whole Culture Gully area is covered with a false sky – so any time of the day or night, it’s always a cheerful blue at Kingdom of Dreams.


False sky


Here’s a look from above.


View from above


Once we had looked around, we went to the beautiful Rajasthan restaurant.


Rajasthan


This very charming Maharaj ji regaled us with his stories, and made us feel as though we were eating in a family home.


Maharaj ji


The food, although vegetarian, was outstanding.


This Raj Kachori was the best I’ve ever had. It was stuffed till it burst, and had a delicious sweetness from pomegranate seeds, crunch from the bhujia, and a silken creaminess from the yogurt.


Raj kachori


We also tasted the thali which was a mix of some traditional and some unsual Rajasthani offerings. We were given advice on how best to enjoy every dish, what to mix it with, and which items to eat first.


Thali


We were fed with not just the food, but with unbelievable amounts of care. That is what made it so very memorable.


Stuffed till we could eat no more, we headed off to Nautanki Mahal, a venue for Bollywood style musicals and theatre. It was here that we watched Zangoora- The Gypsy prince – the most amazing Bollywood show ever. It had FANTASTIC dancing, beautiful costumes, and amazing sets. There were acrobats and hanging gliders and other magical stunts. The music was only popular Bollywood numbers and we couldn’t stop ourselves from singing along. Sushmita and I even got a chance to dance with some of the performers at the end of the show.


Unfortunately photography was prohibited during the show. Otherwise I’d have got at least one picture of the very talented Hussain who plays the main lead. (Ladies – he took his shirt off. And his abs are a sight to behold. Just another reason to go watch the show :P)


Kingdom of Dreams is a celebration of all things Indian. It is magical, colourful, musical, bright, delicious, and very, very happy making.


We had an unbelievably fun day! Here’s a picture of some of us still grinning after the show.


Sangeeta, Sushmita, and me


I went home feeling like child – with my hope in all things good, restored.


Doesn’t this lion make you believe in magic?


Lion


Head over to Kingdom of Dreams as soon as you can. I promise you’ll have the most memorable time.


Here’s what the other bloggers had to say:
Sangeeta from Banaras ka Khana
Himanshu from The White Ramekins
Parul from The Shirazine
Sushmita from My Unfinished Life


*Giveaway winner alert*: By a random draw, the winner of my 100th post giveaway is Priyanka Banerjee! Congratulations sweetie! Email me at charis1984@gmail.com with your address please πŸ™‚


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11 thoughts on “Kingdom of Dreams: The one thing you absolutely must do when in Delhi

  1. Very well narrated experience …I ws thinking tof explore this place and ur article made me so excited to go and have an wonderful experience ….

  2. No words in my head of kingdoms of dreams
    Really look dreams …
    No boday a one normal …all socket.
    I also.
    So go to please … Life experience
    Great joy. Great night

  3. Yet to visit the place, planning to do so when I will be in Delhi in July. But, Must say you have written a brillient review of the place. Awesome way of describing.
    Loved it. Thanks.

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