Sunday, 24 June 2012

Take a Walk, experience Delhi by foot

Just as in other places around the world, street walks are one of the increasingly popular sightseeing options in Delhi and other major cities.
Here are some of Real-India by Kalka Travels best selections for Delhi.

The charming Dhruv Gupta will escort you through the bazaars of Old Delhi, where you get to meet the locals who are all so very friendly and informative, try some street food (its all perfectly safe, you are only taken to places that are world famous in Old Delhi). If you take an evening walk you can combine that with a home hosted dinner at the family haveli. This is a side to India you may never ordinarily experience, and a fabulous introduction to India. Reviewed in the LA Times here and you can book here

The city walk aims to sensitize people to the lives of street children. It's a unique way of engaging people in the lives of children in distress. The walk also provides an opportunity for the young people to improve their communication and speaking skills. All proceeds go directly to the trust to enable more opportunities to be made for street children so the walk is 100% non-profit making. Read more here and book here

 Run by a passionate team of dilliwalas/ history buffs/ volunteers/ walk leaders/ ramblers/ explorers…call them what you like.They love history, love their city city and love to talk while we walk. Check out their website to see what walks are offered each month or ask them to help you tailor your own walk.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

How to Spot a Fake Note in India


There are more than a few fake 500 rupee notes floating around in India, even the bank machines can dispense them so be extra cautious and don't be offended if a shop keeper refuses to take your cash or inspects your money with hawk like eyes! Here are some tips to help  you out from the

500 rupee note
Source: Reserve Bank of India website
There are in all 11 markings or signs where you can check for authenticity of a fake note, say a Rs.500 note:
  1. The floral design marked by number one in the picture above is actually ‘500’ written half way. If you move the note against light you will be able to see the complete ‘500’ written on it.
  2. When viewed against light, this empty place has a hidden picture of Mahatma Gandhi, multi-directional lines and ‘500’ written on it.
  3. The colour of this ‘500’ appears green as such, but if you tilt the note to a certain angle, it would turn blue.
  4. The ground, on which the number of the note is printed, glows when exposed to ultraviolet light.
  5. This thread which appears broken is actually complete and can be looked at from behind when put against light. In addition to this, you will be able to see ‘Bharat’ ‘RBI’ and ‘500’ written on it.
  6. The ‘panch sau rupiye’ written in the middle as well as the ‘Reserve Bank of India’ written on the top of the note, are written in raised ink and can thus be felt by hand.
  7. Under the vertical floral design marked by number 7, you will find ‘500’ written when held against light.
  8. Behind Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait, you will find ‘RBI’ and ‘500’ written, if you look with the help of a magnifying glass.
  9. If you touch the note a little above the Ashoka emblem, you will be able to feel a small circle, although you won’t be able to see it.
  10. Right on the center bottom, on the back side of the note, the year the printing appears and you would be able to see it clearly.
  11. On the back side of the note, you will be able to identify ‘500’ entangled in the floral design. It would appear when looking at the note against light.
With these signs and markings you cannot miss out a fake note coming to you. It is for our own good to check every note that comes to us so as too help ourselves and our country weed out this evil. 

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Six Fun Things for Kids in Delhi

Thinking about bringing your children on holiday to India? India is a very child friendly destination, you will find that your children may make more friends than you do! Family is the very heart of Indian culture and children are especially indulged, Indian children are not shy to speak their mind to adults. 
Here are a few attractions that you could include on your real-india holiday in India.

KINGDOM OF DREAMS: If you want to experience breathtaking magical extravaganza of India, even if you don't have kids, get out to Gurgaon where the huge entertainment and leisure center is located. You can even see a live Bollywood show! Check out Culture Gully, an air conditioned Indian street offering food from all over the country and arts and crafts. See more at their website here.

NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE, DELHI :  Has seven galleries over eight levels, but steer the kids towards the Fun Science Centre! .A whole world of wonder and amazement awaits the visitors here with 137 interactive hands-on exhibits. A new facility, 3D – Theatre has been added in this gallery.a number of hands on displays explaining the laws of physics, a multimedia center and 3D films.Website here.

AAPNO GHAR WATER PARK: The park has plenty to please everyone. Enjoy a vast leisure pool with water depths to suit all ages. Please yourself with slides spiraling down the big play pan or enjoy a game under the artificial rain hut, water curtain, rain shower pillar, rainbow fall, or simply curl up and relax in the mist pool. Website here.

SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW PURANA QILA : Delhi Tourism puts on a spectacular sound and light show at the Purana Qila which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive. Amidst the tranquility of the splendidly panoramic and historic environs of the Purana Qila, select episodes from the annals of Delhi's historic and legendary past are vividly brought to life. Special effects combine with the unique ambiance to make this show a hauntingly unforgettable experience.

 BOATING AT PURANA QILA: Despite being located on the banks of the ‘mighty’ Yamuna, Delhi does not have a water life. But you can still row or peddle a boat in the lake beside the walls of Purana Qila.
You can picnic on the well kept lawns while the kids paddle their boats.

ICE CREAM: All kids both big and small appreciate good ice cream! Try one of the many Giani Ice Cream outlets all over the city, their gelato is divine. Baskin and Robbins are also found in Delhi. Be sure to try local flavours like mango and pistachio!

 Photo credit: Purana Qila boating: 
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