Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Lets travel to Ferrari World & Yas Waterworld; Abu Dhabi

Trip to Ferrari World & Yas Water World

After my small meeting with Mr. Bruno Wiley; Vice President of Sales – Farah Leisure Parks Management LLC (Operators of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi & Yas Waterworld) at one of the Event's, thought of taking you to Ferrari World through his way..He is a man behind this grand, branded theme park. Not only  "Ferrari World" but also "Yas waterworld" who is really thriving very hard to showcase what he has in his kitty for the tourists travelling to Abu Dhabi. There is a whole world waiting for you to discover, from those rollercoaster rides which will make you lose a heartbeat to pampering yourself at luxurious 5-star hotels,  not only this, we also have F1 tracks to drive the dream cars to giant shopping malls, you can discover all here..Let's fasten our seat belts of the Flight which will accelerate high up in the air, finally landing us to our dream destination- "Ferrari World" (Abu-Dhabi). Let's discover the non-ending fun here, what it is all about, what all it has in store for you to discover with Spokesperson - Mr.Bruno Wiley

Mr.Bruno Wiley

1) What would you highlight about Ferrari World Abu Dhabi as its USP?
"Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world's first Ferrari-branded theme park, offering a unique entertainment experience inspired from the legendary Ferrari story, its founder 

Enzo Ferrari, and its home country-Italy. The theme park offers an unmatched mix of attractions suitable for all ages; from thrilling rides and experiences such as the world’s fastest roller coaster, racing simulators and the Ferrari Driving Experience, to family rides such as the 4D adventure Speed of Magic." This means all ages are welcome this grand theme park to discover all the fun & frolic available here & carry some amazing lifetime memories!

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - Aerial View

Speed Of Magic
2) What is the most exciting thing or the big surprises in store about Ferrari world? Anything specific?

"We have several new and exciting rides and attractions in the pipeline at Ferrari World. We’ve already revealed the next record breaking roller-coaster, Flying Aces, which will be the world’s steepest roller coaster featuring a 51 degree incline, with the world’s tallest non-inverted loop taking riders as high as 52 meters!"exclaimed by Mr. Wiley. This means, if you are adventurous to the core, willing to dig yourself into a thrilling & fun-filled experience , where you can skip a heartbeat too with such high speed & steep roller coasters, you will find it all here. He added, "This thrilling new experience simulates flying in a biplane with gravity defying lifts, drops and swoops. The experience is inspired from Italy’s ‘ace of aces’ Fracesco Baracca, the famous 1900s aviator whose legendary Prancing Horse emblem was later gifted to Enzo Ferrari."
Fiorano GT Challenge

Formula Rossa 

Scuderia Challenge

How do you satisfy a traveller who visits Ferrari world? What all do you include in the ticket? Do we also have a weekend getaway package with a night stay?
As told by Mr.Wiley-"Travellers to the UAE can get the best experience when they stay on Yas Island, where they can enjoy more of what this great destination has to offer; from unique theme parks such as “Ferrari World” and “Yas Waterworld”, to shopping at Yas Mall in addition to golf, dining and other experiences." So lady travellers, don't forget to carry your long shopping list to shop from the mall here, whilst the Gents are busy playing Golf here. "For the theme parks we offer the Two-Park Passes which allow entry to both our theme parks at a competitive rate and for weekend stays we recommend the packages available at the hotels on the island including Yas Viceroy, Yas Island Rotana, Centro Yas Island, Crowne Plaza, Park Inn, Radisson Blu and Staybridge Suites which suit all budgets."

Karting Academy

Mamma Rossella

4) How does one recreate the joy of driving a Ferrari in an amusement park?
“The Driving Experience” gives our guests the opportunity to drive a luxurious Ferrari around Yas Island, taking off from Ferrari World with a professional test driver.” Woops, that’s a dream of so many of us thriving for such an experience to drive a Ferrari! Isn’t it?
“We also have several other experiences that give our guests different type of driving thrills, such as our Karting Academy, the indoor electric-powered go-karts where racing enthusiasts try to break the lap time records set by Scuderia Ferrari drivers, on this very track. Guests can also enjoy our advanced Scuderia Challenge F1 and GT racing simulators which use the same technology to even train F1 drivers.” exclaimed Mr. Wiley.

Here there is a great discovery for kids too, “We have also made available driving experiences for young adventurers where kids can drive mini Ferraris at tracks built especially for them at Junior GT and Junior GP.” So mommies, you don't have to worry about leaving your kids behind, kids can also be a part of this great experience. 

Family Junior GP

Bella Italia

Formula Rossa

5) What are the kind of tourism promotions, campaigns you would want to launch in 2016? How is the tourism pattern today as compared to last 3 years? 
Mr. Wiley-"Abu Dhabi has established itself as an exciting emerging tourist destination over the past three years, and the leisure mix offered at Yas Island has been key in attracting tourists from around the world looking for a premium mix of entertainment brands and experiences different from anywhere else.  We will continue working with our partners in Abu Dhabi and Yas Island on joint promotions and campaigns as we all believe the best entertainment value for visitors can be achieved, the longer they stay in the Emirate.”
So, this mesmerizing experience is waiting for you..Pack up your bags with your entire family with no age bar to entertain & experience the fun waiting for you here.

Store-Ferrari Past & Present

Viva Ferrari

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

A Winter Love Story of Snow at Manali

With the New Year 2016, ringing the bells & telling the world of it's existence, I started my travel to Himachal Pradesh, Manali, to fall in love with the winters there.The presence of snow tempted me  to travel there.To enjoy, rather relish the charm of winters along with my bunch of friends from Delhi, We started the journey.. Just a weekend trip filled with a whole lot of memories to cherish a life time. After a tiresome night, bus journey from Delhi to Manali, we took rest for a couple of hours in the hotel. Explored the market with some eye catching Tibet stuff, some local woollens etc. I could not have forgot & picked up an ice cream too, to totally get frozen in that low temperature. Surprised, to witness the Winter Carnival with so much of excitement at the Mall Road. This started the same day we reached & continued for 4 days. It starts early in the morning with the cultural 'dhols' & that typical Himachali melodious tunes which  mixes up with the environment & makes one feet go tap-tap-tapping, super soothing to the ears. Followed by some folk dances, local people dressed in their colourful, traditional dresses, some live performances & innumerous stalls- some selling the local woolens, some selling local himachali food.Although, I did tray a local dish called "Siddu".It has powdered form of dry fruit filled in this big roll.It can be cherished with either "Chutney or Ghee"

Our hotel was right at the Mall road, Hotel Kunzam. Nice & clean hotel to stay, belongs to Himachal Tourism. This was my second trip here, not getting into too much detailing though.We walked till old Manali which, i feel maintains it's serenity all year around. Sat at this local cafe-Kathmandu Cafe for some snacks as half of old manali shops & restaurants were closed due to winters.

Old Manali with River Running along with snow 

Snow Capped Mountains

Himachali Ladies dressed in Traditional Dresses

Local Dish
The second day was full of fun & frolic.Started early from our hotel to Gulaba, a place full of snow all around.It was a good walk with gum boots, loaded with clothes on to me! Playing with snow, chilly air which gave a chill to my spine, making me realize"Welcome to Manali to enjoy the freezing temperature". The whispering winds played with me, biting me on my face, my nose literally turned 'red' with the cold wind! Phew..I wish to carry a little rum to keep me warm but I couldn't carry.After awesome snow fights between all my friends, this playful act resulted in, snow in our boots, made us shiver & totally stoned. This phase of nature is so beautiful, beyond imagination. You must visit Manali & the outskirts too, to view & enjoy every bit. Suddenly, a lady all stuffed with clothes, walked  to us with a big kettle & a rucksack on her shoulders, offered us hot coffee, Rs.30 a small cup. Each sip made us feel the warmed in our bloodstream & body. Livelihood is indeed tough in such hilly regions! Every penny is hard to earn here as tourism is not 100% round the year.We thanked her for that most amazing hot coffee which helped us to regain the level of oxygen & re-built our stamina. This hot cup made us walk further up, more higher on the snow covered, white, slippery, uneven path of the mountain & view the most astonishing, magical views around us. It felt as if I was asleep with a dream of heaven, so untouched & virgin nature.

View towards Gulaba

Snow Fights at Gulaba

Fun continues with people skiing
Next destination was Solang Valley, this Gondola which charged Rs.500 each for a round trip to the highest point of Solang & back was indeed worth every penny! After a couple of clicks, we ordered maggi & hot tea in this small "dhaba". Here, what we witnessed, "fresh snowfall".We all were enchanted with the serenity of nature. All was white around me, trees, mountains. All eyes were on the fresh snow fall. It was a blissful day indeed! Beautiful experience, snow charm, wildwinter charm, freezing point with fun.Recommend Manali in Winter time too if you are a winter lover, love eating Ice creams in winters, one of those who enjoy the cold currents, loves to cherish & enjoy the spine breaking shiver.Just keep up those smart caps & gloves, overcoats & mufflers!

All Snow around

Gondola ride

Gondola ride