Out of the ordinary Outing ideas
Are you tired of taking your children to the same old mall every weekend? Are you bored of going to typical amusement parks? Here are some interesting ideas for outings within your city. These unique places offer a whole new meaning to the concept of a day out!
Jaanapadaloka, on the Bangalore- Mysore highway, is a tribute to the rural folk culture of Karnataka recreated on a 15-acre campus. Housing a museum, an open-air theatre, an art gallery and
a studio, Jaanapadaloka has an amazing collection of tribal and rural artefacts — arms and weapons, tools of trade, musical
instruments, toys and items used in daily rural life. The centre is especially wonderful during its annual festivals: Lokotsav in February, the kite flying festival in July and Dussera in October with vibrant colours, folk dances, songs and art. Jaanapadaloka is open on all days except Tuesdays and a few public holidays. www.jaanapadaloka.org.
“Sometimes, it takes darkness to open your eyes,” is what one reviewer rightly said about Dialogue in the Dark. Located at Inorbit Mall, Dialogue in the Dark is a unique exhibition where participants
walk in a park, take a boat ride, visit a supermarket, and also dine, all in complete darkness, helped by guides who are visually challenged. It is an exceptional experience that not only sensitises visitors to the
difficulties faced by the visually challenged, but also makes them aware of the power of their other senses of smell, touch and hearing. Children above 8 years are allowed. The exhibition is closed on Mondays.
Pottery Village, on the outskirts of Delhi, is a settlement of Rajasthani potters. A half-day tour allows visitors to observe rural life, interact with the villagers and try their hand at pottery. Children will
particularly enjoy getting creative with clay, and playing the many traditional games on offer. A visit to the pottery village offers valuable insights into the villagers’ lives, their beliefs, traditions and superstitions. Indomania Cultural Tours arranges tours to the Pottery Village.
Dakshina Chitra, on East Coast Road, is a unique open-air museum that showcases the architecture, craft and arts of South India. Heritage houses from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been purchased, dismantled and lovingly recreated on the premises, and the crafts of the region
displayed in context. There are various things to do – touring the place, trying your hand at simple art and craft activities, buying crafted products, playing traditional games and enjoying a folk performance.
Choki Dhani is a Rajasthani-themed concept village that offers a rural experience with folk dances, songs, traditional games, cuisine and ethnic ambience. It is spread over 18 acres of land and is located off the Pune-Ahmednagar highway. You will find yourself transported to a village, with a mandir (temple) and bazaar (market) and resident jadughar, jyotish and malish wala (magician, astrologer
and masseur respectively)! Children will be enthralled by these, along with the joy rides, ice lollies, bangle sellers and mehndi designers. You can round off your visit with a sumptuous Rajasthani meal.