December 26, 2021

Though Goa is famous for its beaches, nature, night life and casinos, but there is also a 'Wax Celebrity Museum' for the entertainment and fun, for the whole family, friends, and with kids specially. It is well placed near famous Baga, Anjuna and Calangute beach, and someone can easily reach by Activa/bike/car. 

Address: Benz Celebrity Wax Museum, Near Arpora Junction, Calangute Anjuna Main Road, Arpora, Goa 403516

We visited this recently in November afternoon. Once entered, it was a nice experience, specially for Pathik. When we visited the place, the queue was moderate. There is combo of Wax museum, 9D action cinema, Bumper car activities. We opted all three in a package. Dashing/Bumping Cars Game available for everyone. We did this at the very end. 

9D Cinema is the second attraction at Benz Celebrity Wax Museum, which we did first and loved the most. It has great effects as - Motion seats, Smoke/Fog effect, Laser strobe effect, Rain effects, Water jet effect, Wind effect, Lightning effect, Leg ticker effect, Vibrator effect, Neck blast effect, Magical led water springs.

Celebrity wax statutes are displayed at 'Benz Celebrity Wax Museum'. Some wax statues are really well and some are average. There are various famous celebrities from 'Gandhi to Modi to Sachin to Messi to Amitabh to Einstein'. Few I remember of: 

Mahatma Gandhi

Narendra Modi

Sachin Tendulkar

Amitabh Bachchan

Aamir Khan

Albert Einstein

Steve Jobs

Barack Obama

Leoni Messi

Tom Cruise

Mr. America - Steve Rogers 

Iron Man - Robert Downey 

Angelina Jolie

Vladimir Putin

Leonardo DiCaprio

Bruce Willis

Madonna

Jackie Chan

James Bond 007 - Daniel Craig 

Mr. Beans













If someone has never been to wax museum, it would be great experience. It is a nice and cool place to beat the outside heat. Else you can skip this place. We captured lots of selfies and pics with these celebrities. Overall it is a nice place to enjoy with family and kids.






December 12, 2021

Snow in Goa!!!

Yes, though Goa is famous for its beaches, nature, night life and casinos, but there is also a Snow Park for the entertainment and fun, for the whole family, friends, and with kids specially. It is well placed between famous Baga beach and Calangute beach, and someone can easily reach by Activa/bike or even by walk, if you are nearby. 

Address: Titos Lane, 2, Calangute - Baga Rd, Baga, Goa 403516

We visited this recently in November afternoon. It is a nice and cool place to beat the outside heat. When we visited the place, the queue was moderate and within no time we were inside the snow theme park. Once entered, it was a nice chilling experience. There are various activities like play with real snow in -5 degree C temperature, Ice Igloos, Snow Men, Slide on ice, Sledging car, Snow dancing with DJ and Laser lighting and thunder effect. 




We liked snow slide, artificial snowfall at regular intervals, and colorful Igloo mainly. The place was chilling and may be difficult to withstand the cold for long period. Make sure to tighten the shoes properly, specially for kids. Goa's only ice bar where you can get drinks in real ice glasses. Overall it is a nice place to enjoy with family and kids. If someone has never been to Snow park, it would be great experience. 

We captured lots of selfies and pics here. 









October 31, 2021

 "The place need no introduction, you can't ignore it even if you close your eyes if in Dubai" - Quote about Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) - Sachin Kumar Gupta  

Simply enjoy these pics of my last visit (old ones) 



















February 9, 2020

"Sometimes words cannot explain what we write. Even pictures cannot justify what we actually see . You must see it to believe it with your own eyes." - Quote about Sheikh Zayed 'Grand' Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Sachin Kumar Gupta 

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates), is the largest mosque in the country. We visited the Sheikh Zayed 'Grand' Mosque when we were in UAE with family. If you are staying in Abu Dhabi you will find the place easily by taxi/cab. But even if you are staying in Dubai (150 km away) then also don't put off this place from your watch-list. Plan for it. We were amazed by picturesque architecture, outstanding positioning and spiritual feelings. 




Fee: There is NO entry fee to enter the grand mosque. So beware of any kind of agents. There are also free guided tours which last about 45-60 minutes. 

Timings:
Saturday-Thursday 09:00 am - 22:00 pm
Fridays  16:30 pm - 22:00 pm
During Ramadan, Opening times change to 9:00 am-14:00 pm (Saturday-Thursday) and completely closed on Fridays.

Address: Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates





The visitor center is little away from the mosque and that in itself is massive, well planned, accessible and most impressive. The entry process was quick, efficient and well setup. There were lots of security people and the staff were both courteous and helpful. We got our ticket in no time. The tours are offered in English and Arabic and children are welcome. Make sure to pack your sunglasses as the white building and the strong sun can make it practically blind at times. 

You do need to cover up and dress appropriately. They are strict with the dress code especially for women so be aware and we should respect that. They do however provide clean and comfy Abaya for women free of charge which they have in a few different sizes. On arrival, ladies are directed to a room where they change before entering the Mosque. The building is really beautiful, the materials used are of the finest quality and the workmanship is simply splendid. Outside white dominates with gold, semi precious stones and glass in abundance. Inside the mosque, there is more muted but nonetheless superbly worked and designed. The huge open space, cool flooring, the large chandeliers will keep you awestruck. The carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world's largest carpet. 






The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is during the cooler months between October and April. Any time of day is a good time to visit this grand mosque. Due to the heat and depending on visiting month, you are advised to visit early morning or late evening. It is also preferred visiting during the week to avoid crowds. Next time, I will visit this place again in the late evening. 

I have to admit that this is a great place with beautiful architecture, and a must go place at all cost, if you are in Abu Dhabi/UAE. Enjoy the place, learn something about culture, take plenty of photos and be respectful.

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