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Where To Watch Cricket In India

There is plenty to see on a visit to India. It’s a dense, beautiful and historic country that offers everything from pristine beaches and culturally fascinating small towns to big cities and historic buildings and monuments. You can travel to India to get to know the country, soak in some luxury, or do some more adventurous exploration. There’s just a little bit of everything to enjoy.

What merits some attention and isn’t always at the top of the travel guides, however, is the sporting scene. In particular, seeing cricket in India can be a very memorable experience. The sport is revered throughout the country, and though crowds and quality of play vary from one event to another (as is true of any sport), you stand a good chance of enjoying a spectacular atmosphere.

While catching the national Indian team in action beats all, your best bet of catching a good match is through the Indian Premier League. The IPL takes place over seven weeks until the end of May and is ultimately one of the richest (and therefore most hotly contested) competitions in all of domestic cricket. It features eight of the best franchises in the country facing off against each other in an event that actually isn’t that old – but which is fast becoming very popular. Here we won’t look at all eight of the teams’ stadiums, but instead will point to a handful that give you an opportunity to see great matches in beautiful or interesting venues around the country.

Eden Gardens – Kolkata

Eden Gardens simply has to be mentioned in a piece like this. It’s the largest cricket stadium in India and one of the biggest in the whole world, able to seat nearly 70,000 fans. It’s also a deeply historic venue, having first been built in 1864 (though it’s since been significantly reconstructed). For the IPL, Eden Gardens serves as the home of the Kolkata Knight Riders, a respectable side that finished in the middle of the league in 2017 and seems poised to do so again. Additionally, attending a match at Eden Gardens, you get a chance to explore a truly beautiful and fascinating city full of many of the different elements outlined above that make India great in the first place.

Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium – Hyderabad

Needless to say this stadium takes a certain level of prestige from having been named after Gandhi himself. That would make just about any venue feel special. But it lives up to the name. The park has hosted its share of thrilling matches for the Indian national team, and in the IPL serves as the home ground for Sunrisers Hyderabad – currently in first place in the league. If you get to see a match here you’ll also be able to check out some of the coolest sightseeing stops in the whole country, such as the ruins of the Golconda Fort (once a 14th century capital and stronghold) and the Charminar or “Four Minarets” mosque.

Wankhede Stadium – Mumbai

Once another massive stadium, Wankhede was actually renovated down in advance of the 2011 World Cup. As a result it feels a little more modern and a little more intimate (though it can still seat some 33,000 fans). So, despite its having been built in the mid-‘70s, it is in a way one of the more state-of-the-art venues in India. Wankhede Stadium is the home of the Mumbai Indians, and of course attending a match there you’ll get the opportunity to explore the biggest city in all of India.

These are just three of eight stadiums that are used in the IPL, but they’re certainly among the highlights, both in and of themselves and because of where they’re located. Any or all of them would be thrilling additions to any trip to India.

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India Summer Days return to Karlsruhe and lot more in SouthWest Germany


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On the weekend of 14th to 15th July 2018, the INDIA SUMMER DAYS return to Karlsruhe under the heading ‘Baden-Württemberg meets Maharashtra’: a small piece of India right in the centre of Karlsruhe, with all its sumptuous colours, music and dance. India fans can indulge in live music, an Indian bazaar, culinary delicacies and numerous other cultural highlights, as well as Ayurveda and yoga workshops.  Last year India Summer Days were held for the first time alongside the “Pre-Festival” in the middle of the Günther-Klotz-Anlage.

SouthWest Germany, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, is right in the heart of Europe and is bordered by France, Switzerland and Austria. Easy to get to, easy to get around, easy to have fun: that’s SouthWest Germany, a real four-season destination! With history and high-tech, romantic palaces and vibrant cities, natural beauty, glamour and fun, SouthWest Germany guarantees something for everyone. 

Also Read: Germany Unplugged – Holidaying in the SouthWest

Due to its varied historic and cultural heritage, South West Germany is abound in cultural monuments. Six of 42 UNESCO World heritage sites in Germany are located between the lake of Constance and the northern part of South West Germany. Ice Age Art in South West Germany, Historic Stone Age lake-dwellings on Lake Constance, the Frontiers of the Roman Empire , the Maulbronn Monastery and the Monastic Island of Reichenau. Worth mentioning as well, are the apartment buildings of the French architectLe Corbusier in Stuttgart, „the Weissenhof Estate“. Le Corbusier designed as well the master plan of the Indian City Candigarh in 1952 which was declared by UNESCO as World heritage in July 2016.

Wherever you go in Southwest Germany you are never far from a grand palace, a romantic castle, half-timbered houses – and something good to eat and drink. Stop in a café for coffee and cake; linger in a beer garden over a locally-brewed pint; taste wines at a traditional wine festival; sample schnapps and world-class gin in the Black Forest. Order traditional dishes in a Weinstube (tavern) and gourmet meals in Germany’s most Michelin-star studded region. In 2018 there are many foodie reasons to come to Southwest Germany, or Baden-Württemberg, as we call it.

Europa Park

In the heart of the border triangle, between the Black Forest and Vosges, lies the best theme park worldwide- Europa-Park. Whether Ireland, France or Spain ‒ 15 European themed areas with exemplary architecture, gastronomy, and vegetation are waiting to be discovered by visitors from around the world, embarking on a journey of discovery through Europe with over 100 attractions and shows and the promise of lots of fun and adventure for the whole family. The park’s own 4* hotels provide everything visitors need for a perfect family holiday or romantic wellness weekend with an authentic atmosphere and ambience unique to each themed hotel.

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At India Summer Days, visitors will experience the great diversity of Indian culture and tradition in an authentic way. The focus will be on Maharashtra, Baden-Württemberg’s partner region in the heart of India, which has been linked to Karlsruhe for years. Last year Balaji També and a team of Ayurveda doctors, yoga teachers and cooks traveled from Atmasantulana Village, India, to the summer festival in Karlsruhe and offered many informative workshops on Ayurveda, Ayurvedic products, pulse diagnosis, Ayurvedic nutrition, healing music, meditation and yoga. Numerous other artists and musicians as well as yoga and Ayurveda experts will be arriving in Karlsruhe directly from India. This region has got special relations with Maharashtra. Stuttgart meets Mumbai wine festival also celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. The long and enduring town-twining between Mumbai and Stuttgart which dates back to 1968.

India Summer Days, Credit: jowapress.de

Susanne Schlung, Marketing Director of the State Tourist Board said after her recent visits to Mumbai and Delhi that  she could see a lot of interest in traveling to Europe and especially the interests of travellers who travel the second or third or….time to explore a region of Germany – such as SouthWest Germany. She was really surprised that a lot of the people she met during our stay, know of Cuckoo-clocks, the Black Forest with its delicious Black Forest cake and Baden-Baden with its Spas and Casino.

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Susanne said, “Due to the demand for smaller family groups, apartments and smaller busses for more people are more relevant. Small groups and individual travellers also like to try our lovely traditional food and beverages (beer and wine) as well as our high level cuisine in lots of Michelin starred-restaurants. But on the third or fourth day of their journey they need to have Indian food again. No problem; south west Germany has a lot of Indian restaurants to offer! Indians also like Shopping! So, in south west Germany they have lots of possibilities to go shopping – from traditional souvenirs , e.g. the Cuckoo-Clock at the Tiitisee-Shops up to designer wear in the Outlet City in Metzingen which is a 30 minute drive to Stuttgart or Wertheim Village in the north of SWG. Outlet City Metzingen offers at about 80 different luxury designer brands (such as Hugo Boss, Prada, Nike, Michel Kors, Armani, Burberry, Gucci & Jimmy Choo).”

Europa Park

German cars, especially Mercedes Benz and Porsche are well-known and loved in India. There are two museums in the capital city of SWG, Stuttgart, were one can see a lot of cars and learn something about the history of the cars. Traveling by train, which is very fast and convenient in Germany is also very popular with travellers.

Have you visited SouthWest Germany or Europa Park? How was the fun? Please share with us all!

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Visit to Haji Ali shrine is a bliss!

Almost six hundred year old Dargah of Haji Ali at Mumbai is not just one of the most important Sufi shrines in India but also one of the most revered religious places in India. This is also one of those popular shrines which have been part of Indian cinema, especially Bollywood a lot. Many sufi songs and qawwali have been filmed here, which went on to become popular musical numbers as well. More recently the shrine has been in news for all the dispute related to entry of women to the inner sanctum sanctorum  of the shrine. Putting all this aside, this shrine is going to celebrate its annual URS on 15th January this year.

Haji Ali Shrine

This shrine is also popular for its structure. Dargah is built in Arabian sea, almost half a kilometre offshore from the coast at Worli in Mumbai. A pathway for pedestrians has been built from the Mahalaxmi area in Mumbai upto the shrine. Here is the most fascinating part of this structure. This path has no railings on its sides. Hence, when there is a high tide in the sea this path gets submerged in the sea water and the shrine becomes inaccessible by foot. Shrine turns into a island then. So, in practicality this shrine is accessible only in low tides.

Built in 1431 this shrine is said to be a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The structure has typical white domes and minarets reminiscent with the Mughal architecture of the period. It was constructed in memory of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. There is story about this saint. He was a wealthy merchant. He hailed from Bukhara in Persia (in present day Uzbekistan), hence he got his name Bukhari. He travelled a lot around the world and finally settled in Mumbai. There are many legends about his settling in Mumbai and subsequent death on his visit to Mecca. Since he never married and had no descendants, hence most of things about him have been learnt from the caretakers and trustees from generation to generation. In the process many other stories and sub-stories have entered into the play.

Haji Ali Shrine at night

Nevertheless, he was a great holy man and had asked his followers to cast the coffin carrying his body into the ocean so that it should be buried by the people where it is found. Now according to some legends, he died on his trip to Mecca and as per his wish when the coffin was pushed into the ocean, days later it miraculously floated back to these shores, getting stuck in the string of rocky islets just off the shore of Worli. Thus, the tomb and dargah was constructed there. It was a very small structure for many centuries. Its current structure was built only in 1916 when a trust to maintain the shrine was officially formed. The entire structure is spread over an area of around 5,000 sq. m. and stands adorned with an 85 foot high minaret. Inside the shrine is the tomb of Haji Ali decorated with red and green sheets. The main sanctorum is made in marble decorated with coloured glass. Main gate is also covered with pure white marble.

Many miracles are attributed to Haji Ali and as with many other sufi saints in India, Haji Ali is also revered alike by people of all religions. People visit the dargah to seek his blessings. There is a huge rush mostly on Thursdays and Fridays. On Sundays too, many tourists and local people come here to see the place. Besides being a religious place, it is also an important destination on the Mumbai Tourist Map. The location of the Dargah serves as one of the major attractions luring tourists here. With the sea forming the backdrop, Haji Ali becomes a sight to behold.

The annual URS (Death Anniversary) of Haji Ali Shah Bukhari takes place on the 16th of (Rabi-ul-Aakhir / Rabi-al-Thaany) (17th Shab) as per Islamic Calendar. This year (2017) this URS will be on 15th January.

Its very enjoyable and relaxing to listen to qawwals here in nights singing sufi songs. Actually visiting this place in late evenings brings a different feeling altogether. Watching the shrine as one moves from the pathway to the shrine and then watching the glittering Mumbai all around the shrine… simply fascinating.

Where and How:

For all those who want to be there in Mumbai for URS of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, Etihad brings you direct to Mumbai daily from almost all destinations in Gulf and Middle-East. Staying in Mumbai is never a problem as there are accommodations available for every pocket. For those who want to stay longer and enjoy the mega metropolis there are many resorts in Mumbai for luxurious and comfortable stay.

Smart Navigation – The Seagulls way

Seagulls are beautiful. Its so fascinating to see them playing on the waves in the vastness of the sea. A an icy white colour with pinch of red at their beak and claws. They are often viewed as the ‘thugs’ of the bird world and are very clever. They are also smart navigators with their precise movements in the sea. They navigate along the passenger and cargo ships for long distances in search of food and shelter.

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What an amazing ride in the sea for this seagull!

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How beautiful this red on the beak looks, isn’t it!!

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A perfect flight.

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See the difference in the position of wings in the photo above and below!

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We had a nice journey with seagulls recently in Arabian Sea. While going from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island, Seagulls were accompanying us. And it was indeed a beautiful sight, the way they were navigating the waves, and in the process striking some poses which every photographer will love to capture.

While returning they started following us right from the pier near jetty at the Elephanta island. It was sunset time. Just  few minutes into Arabian Sea and all of sudden from nowhere in the middle of sea, a huge flock of seagulls started following our boat, apparently in hope of some food. For all of us in the boat, it was a enjoyable sight of seagulls preying upon anything thrown to them in air in their flight. 8 out of 10 times they were successful in catching food in flight. But they were quicker even if anything accidentally fell in sea. They flew with us for more than half the way in the Arabian Sea for almost 45 minutes. By then it was dark enough for them to go back to their night shelters. May be to get ready to accompany the first boat the next day….

Also see a video of this interesting phenomenon-

A tourist trip to Dharavi slums brings awards!

Dharavi SlumsWell! To start with, how many of us would like to have a visit to a slum during our next trip? Tough question and may sound quite illogical to some. What if I say that a few tourists coming to India actually have Dharavi slums of Mumbai in their travel itinerary? Still many will be sceptical, dismissing it as a gimmick of selling India’s poverty to the West. But it isn’t so. It is an increasing trend of Social tourism which takes tourism for a cause. To give it back to the society and to engage all those in tourism, which have kept out of it so far.

These efforts are also recognised by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC),which gives away Tourism For Tomorrow Awards every year. Awards are open to any tourism organisation that is working to improve the lives and opportunities for communities where it operates. The award aims to celebrate the force for good tourism can be for local populations, and is made to the organisation that has strived to enhance the capacity of the community, providing health and education, empowering local people and increasing the spread of benefits. Those who demonstrate exceptional community engagement; board level commitment to community issues; policies embedded across the organisation, evidence of investment in creating and maintaining community projects; preservation of cultural heritage; and support for direct local employment and local supply chains.

Life in DharaviThis year India’s Reality Tours and Travel was winner in the Community Award category. Ask most tourists what’s on their bucket list for India and they will probably mention temples, tigers and the Taj Mahal. Few will include a visit to Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums. Yet a trip here with Reality Tours & Travel will provide more of an insight into the ‘real India’ that so many seek. Reality Tours & Travel’s 2.5 hour walking tour aims to give visitors the most accurate picture possible of Dharavi and life in this vast slum. Guests interact with locals as much as possible without disrupting their lives or work.

Dharavi SchoolThese trips have two key goals. The first is to break down negative stereotypes. Local slum residents are employed as guides and staff to show visitors how Dharavi is the heart of small-scale industry in Mumbai. Guests get to see recycling, pottery making, embroidery, bakery, a soap factory, leather tanning, poppadum-making and much more. And because groups are kept small, a strict dress code is observed, and photography is not allowed, the tours avoid disrupting the residents’ lives or treating them as attractions. The second goal is to support the inhabitants of Dharavi, and 80% of Reality Tours & Travel’s profits go to development projects in the communities it visits. Run by its sister NGO, Reality Gives, projects range from computer, English and soft skills classes for 16 to 30 year old students, a girls football program, an art room and a ‘Barefoot’ acupuncturists clinic, to the neatly named ‘I Was a Sari’, a women’s empowerment scheme that turns old saris into designer products.

Reality Tours & Travel’s success is growing by the year. In 2006, it hosted just 397 guests; by 2013 that number had risen to 16,265. It has so far spent US$134,000 on Reality Gives activities over its seven years of operation; and it recently expanded to working in New Delhi with the Sanjay Colony slum. All together this means many more people are returning home from a holiday in India with an original story to tell. In the community award section two other finalists were Jordan’s Feynan Ecolodge and South Africa’s Grootbos Nature Reserve.

View of Nanda Devi from Gorson
View of Nanda Devi from Gorson

India’s another organisation Mountain Shepherds Initiative was finalist in People Award category. The mountain of Nanda Devi was once the second most popular summit to attempt in the Himalayas after Everest. However, such popularity brought heavy environmental pressures on the surrounding region, and in 1982 the Indian government created the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and shut the whole region to human access. This may have helped the natural environment, but it was a multiple tragedy for the local people, an Indo-Tibetan ethnic group known as the Bhotiya. In one go they lost access to their prime alpine pastures, to their source of medicinal herbs, and to the tourist trade that sustained them. The irony is that a few years earlier these same communities had given birth to the Chipko movement, whose activism to save the region’s forests is one of the most celebrated stories in the history of Twentieth Century environmental activism.

Mountain_shepherds_Trek party
Mountain_shepherds_Trek party

In recent years, however, the state government of Uttarakhand has begun to reopen the park to limited ecotourism. In response the Bhotiya have worked to develop sustainable, community-based tourism around Nanda Devi. The pinnacle has been the foundation in 2006 of the Mountain Shepherds Initiative. Since its foundation, more than 70 youth, both boys and girls, have been trained. Some now work with other groups, although a core group manages the company itself, while also working as cooks, housekeepers, nature guides, or mountaineering and ski instructors.  They are incentivised by the chance to own shares in the company should they stay and work hard.  So far 12% of the total equity is owned by the youth, and the percentage is growing each year. Recently the group has begun to share its model with other similar communities spread across the Himalayas. They have visited five locations in north east India to showcase their experiences and to encourage these communities that they too could develop responsible tourism. In so doing they are helping sustain these remote and inaccessible villages, while also ensuring the preservation of the natural heritage that surrounds them.

Mountain_shepherds_Guests in traditional head scarf
Mountain_shepherds_Guests in traditional head scarf

Winner in this category was Confortel Hoteles of Spain while other finalist was Global Travel and Tourism Partnership of USA. In the Destination category winner was Ljubljana in Slovenia, while two other finalists were Northeast and Milan Coast of Taiwan and Sozopol of Bulgaria. In the Environment category winner was The Soneva Group working in Maldives and Thailand. Two finalists in this category were Laguna Lodge Eco-resort & Nature Reserve in Guatemala and Rivers Fiji in Fiji. In the Innovation Category TripAdvisor GreenLeaders of USA was the winner while two finalists were ABTA Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism of UK and Red Sustainable Travel of Mexico.

 

Mumbai to have cultural hub on lines of Times Square

Mumbai skyline at night
Mumbai skyline at night

Mumbai will soon have a cultural hub on the lines of Times Square in New York. It will be developed by Maharashtra Tourism with help from Union Tourism ministry. This open air hub is proposed to be built in Kala Ghoda area of the metro. There are many plans to develop this area. Project has been approved and work will start on this very soon. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, Shripad Naik has said that Ministry of Tourism would sanction Rs. 5 crore for phase-I of the project with similar amounts for every subsequent phase. This would be over and above what the Government of Maharashtra would spend in creating the basic infrastructure to incentivize private sector parties to invest in the project. The Government of Maharashtra/local authorities, Mumbai will select the various private parties, each of which will undertake a specific responsibility.

Kala Ghoda is being seen as the location best suited for the purpose of creating a hub of heritage and culture, mostly open air, the equivalent of Times Square, New York. The final decision on the exact location in the area will be taken keeping in mind issues such as ensuring that there is no disturbance to vehicular traffic and ensuring maximum activity. The vision behind Kala Ghoda is to provide popular entertainment as well as access to heritage and culture for the benefit of international tourists, domestic tourists and the people of Mumbai. This should result in a few themes and additional jobs being created.

The features of the hub at Kala Ghoda are as follows:-

Kala Ghoda area in Mubai is already buzzing with various activities
Kala Ghoda area in Mubai is already buzzing with various activities

1. A 15 foot high Flag of India, made of hard transparent materials and lit from within will provide a photo opportunity to visitors, just as the US flag posed does in Times Square.
2. Large electronic billboards will give corporate an opportunity to advertise their products while also providing income to the owners of the building that host such electronic advertisements and entertainment to visitors.
3. With the grant given by the Ministry of Tourism it will be ensured that :
(a) The entire pedestrian area will be paved with stone slabs (not cobble stone);
(b) Wide steps rising upwards will be created for visitors to sit on. At Times Square such benches are made of high quality, hard transparent, coloured plastic lit from below, as well as some such sitting areas in steps made of steel;
(c) Drinking water fountains with reverse osmosis-treated water so that no plastic water bodies are taken there.
4. One or two high resolution web cams/CCTVs will be operated by one or two private parties selected by the Government of Maharashtra/local authorities to photograph live the visitors sitting on these wide steps and to (a) project them on gigantic screens opposite the benches; and (b) provide a live “stream” on the internet.
5. Film and cartoon characters, preferably from the cinemas of India and cartoons by Indian cartoonists will walk around the Kala Ghoda cultural hub for photo opportunities with visitors, as at Times Square. Tipping these humans dressed as cartoon and film characters will be voluntary because they will be paid a salary.
6. There will be street performances.

Kala Ghoda already has a yearly cultural festival to its credit
Kala Ghoda already has a yearly cultural festival to its credit

Kala Ghoda is already a happening place in Mumbai’s cultural circuit. It has got its own cultural and arts festival. Hence it has the following facilities and activities that make it suitable for becoming the Indian equivalent of Times Square. It has :
• art galleries;
• music shops;
• places to eat at;
• artists sketching visitors
• access to the Fashion Street shopping area

The Ministry of Tourism is funding a scheme to project 3-dimensional (3D) images of 36 Indian monuments, one from each State and Union Territory at India Gate, Delhi. Depending on the success of that project, the Ministry of Tourism will consider similar projections on the Gateway of India, Mumbai. The Kala Ghoda heritage hub project is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India with the support of the Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra and the concerned local bodies of Mumbai.

Bangalore has the best amusement park in India

wonderla-resort-amusement-parkWonderla Amusement Park in Bangalore has been named as the best amusement park in India by TripAdvisor, an online review community of travelers across the world. TripAdvisor released the travelers’ choice awards for best amusement parks and water parks around the world. Siam Park, Adeje in Spain was named best water park in world and  Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida was named best amusement park in world.  In total, 242 winners were identified, including the top 25 in the world and dedicated lists for Asia, Canada, China, Europe, India, South America, South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S. Orlando in Florida comes out to be richest in world in terms of water and amusement parks.

Discovery coveTravelers’ Choice awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for amusement parks and water parks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor said, “there is a wide variety of activities to appeal to all ages at these top-rated parks across the globe. Travelers in search of outdoor entertainment should look no further than the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Amusement Parks and Water Parks”

ramoji_filmcityIn combined list of amusement and water parks in India, Ramoji Film City near Hyderabad was the no 2 and another Wonderla property- Wonderla Amusement Park, Kochi (Cochin) at third place. Water Kingdom at Mumbai was 4th and Science City at Kolkata stood 5th. India’s one of the earliest amusement parks EsselWorld in Mumbai was 6th in list. Kolkata’s second entry in list Nicco Park was 7th and another park near Bangalore GRS Fantasy Park at Mysore was 8th. National capital region of Delhi gained last two places in the list- Adventure Island in New Delhi at 9th and Worlds of Wonder in Noida at 10th spot.

Beach Park, BrazilBut the world list for amusement and water parks were separate.  Beach Park, Aquiraz, Brazil was 2nd in list of water parks. Florida’s two water parks stood next- Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Orlando at 3rd and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Orlando at 4th. Asia had next two winners- Waterbom Bali, Kuta in Indonesia at 5th and Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai at 6th. Brazil had another of its park in top list- Hot Park, Rio Quente at 7th and similarly Dubai’s another entry Aquaventure Waterpark at 8th. Florida had its third park in list at 9th- Aquatica in Orlando, while last one in top 10 was  Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise Island, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Atlantica_(Europa-Park_Germany)In world list of amusement parks behind Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida at no 2 was Europa-Park, Rust, Germany. Florida had no 3, 4 and 5 in this list too- Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando and  Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando. Brazil has an entry in amusement parks as well with Beto Carrero World, Penha at no 6. California’s Disneyland Park, Anaheim is 7th, Universal Studios at Sentosa Island in Singapore at 8th and PortAventura Park, Salou, Spain is 9th. Florida has fifth entry in top 10 with  Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando completing the list.