A trip to ADLABS IMAGICA

So after coming back from Imagica which has just opened 100Kms from Mumbai near khopoli many people asked me how was it. So here is what I felt about the place.

I went there on a weekday, purposely not actually it was my second wedding anniversary and I did not want to go for boring dinners and lunch or absolutely did not want to enter the mall. I agree it was mid May summers in its prime and I was taking a big heat stroke risk. But what is life without some unpredictability. So we left at around 10.30 and had our breakfast at the famous panvel mcdonalds.

We reached there at around 12.30 and from far we could see the big roller coaster. After paying a whopping 1200 per person 3 times more than esselworld we were inside. Ok here I have to mention I did goof up a little I carried my dslr without the memory card, yet I must tell u it was with me the whole time outside all rides waiting for me patiently . J

Ok little bit about the park now, it is kind of divided into two parts, one having shows, 3d , shooting train rides, and the other with rides. Here I must say that the big roller coaster that I saw from far was actually not complete and so were many other shows. So I felt cheated, but I ignored that feeling and continued with my first show.

And if u think I was the only fool taking the heat stroke risk you were wrong there were many more along with me, so I had to wait outside the first show called “i for INDIA” for 30 minutes and then when they took us inside they made us wait for more 20 minutes seeing some pre show explaining how they have shot this film. Basically it was a film on various tourist spots of india from a helicopter.

I liked this show but I saw the child besides me getting restless and he expected some swings and all which were missing and then he asked his sister what exactly are we seeing.

Then we went to the best show called “ Mr.India”, but here too we waited for around 15 minutes, and then we had the same pre show concept, which begins with a short animated clip in which the characters from the Hindi film, Arun, fruity headgear-wearing Seema and their robotic monkey Toota Phoota meet Mogambo after years. Mogambo immediately takes their kids hostage and whisks them off to Imagica. The price of their lives is Arun’s invisibility bracelet. The ride involves getting into a car that rises, dips and swerves in tandem with the film being shown on a large screen in which Arun and company chase Mogambo all around Imagica.

Ok next we did Alibaba Aur Chalis Chorr followed by a movie Prince of the Dark Waters in the Dome Theater which was a nice place to take the much needed afternoon nap.

Then suddenly there was a rush as a new ride had opened just when we were there called “ wrath of gods”, a good concept, but had a technical snag in between due to which we had to leave the place and enter again after 15 minutes.

So now we had finished the shows had nice lunch and we waited for the sun to go and the evening breeze to begun, to start the second part of the adventure the rides. At the end of the day there were some dance shows and lazer show.

My overall experience to be frank was good I had decided to enjoy my day and I did. But with so many rides yet to open, the waiting outside of rides and the cost did not justify itself. I would recommend going only on a weekday and waiting for a month or two so that you can enjoy all the rides.

Om Namah Shiva – Panchmarhi

I know the title sounds a bit religious and may not fit the article describing Panchmarhi, but I am still going ga ga on the Amish Tripathi shiva Triology  and I feel it was destiny that after reading the books I visited a simple Shiva temple within the cool caves called Mahadev at panchmarhi,

In the last year I have gone to Pachmarhi twice both somewhat suddenly, first time for my anniversary and the next time for a destination wedding in the April of 2013. So the first time I went there I had little knowledge what to expect, I have reached there via Bhopal. Pachmarhi is 144KM from Bhopal, capital city of Madhya Pradesh.

Panchmarhi is a hill station whose temperature reduces to 3-5 degrees in the winter, but I have only experienced summers there so can’t comment much on that infact it was 38 degrees during the day a and around 30 at night. Panchmarhi lies inside the Satpura Biosphere Preserve at an altitude of 3500ft with a strong presence of Army base

To see the sunset and sunrise spots you need to book a Maruti Gypsy  but along with sunrise they show you other spots which I will describe below.

The first stop was Jatashankar, a cave temple under loose boulders dedicated to Lord Shiva. A natural rock from top of which stalactites hanging looks like matted and tangled locks of Lord Shiva and so is considered a swayanbhu Shivalinga. A stream called Jambu Dweep has its origin here and flows underground. The temple also displays two rocks which float in the water are believed to be part of the sacred Rama Setu long ago, the bridge that was built between India and Sri Lanka by monkey army in Ramayana (a Hindu Epic).

Pandav Caves are another popular attraction in Pachmarhi. These five ancient shelters are now protected monuments, my guide informed me that Pandavs never same there, but as they are 5 caves they came to be called Pandav Caves. the caves might have Buddhist origin. There is nothing notable inside like paintings, inscriptions or sculptures. Just caves …

Next, spot was Rajat Pratap waterfalls with a guide. It is also known as Silver Falls. A short walk down the hill will take you to a view point from where you can see this very tall waterfalls, but I didn’t find it very attractive because the water flow was very thin. During monsoon it could be an attractive waterfalls. The view of Pachmarhi Valley is really nice from here

Apsara Vihaar waterfalls. It is a very beautiful and angel-like waterfalls. The guide told me why the name Apsara (celestial woman) Vihaar (garden or similar) … in very simple terms a Pool of Fairies. It is not because the fairies visited this place. Pachmarhi was discovered by British Army Captain James Forsyth. And british developed it as a Hill Station. Well, the white women came to the waterfalls to swim. Madhya Pradesh then was a tribal area and they watched these women from behind the hides. Tribal people found the white women to be fairies!!! And so the name 🙂

Then was time for Jamuna Pratap waterfalls or Bee Falls. At the top, the water was flowing down the man-made stone-concrete steps before plunging down to form this beautiful waterfalls. The thin waterflow gave me an opportunity for a good shot. Then trekking down a couple of KM got me to the actual waterfalls. It seems this stream provides drinking water to Pachmarhi town. Bee waterfalls is nice to take a break and have dip under the cool water.

The sunsets and sunrises of Pachmarhi are stunning. Should not be missed. I went to Dhupgarh, the highest point (4,429ft) in Saptura range to witness the sunrise. The drive up is nice, narrow winding road in the bone biting cold. Later people waited for the sun to rise and shine. In the dark everyone looked like bundle of woolen 🙂 For sunset I chose Forsyth point or Priyadarshini Point from where the views are good too.

When I think of Pachmarhi I think of waterfalls and the colorful skies at dawn and dusk. Beautiful place!