Our first natural movement this morning was towards a local museum, in lieu of the usual amusement park. The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is the only such facility in the world, and has the unique feature of being both crap and interesting simultaneously. Our guide was flush with excitement as he took us around the various exhibits, some of which were on the far side of ridiculous; a throne constructed to look like a bookshelf was one of the more intriguing specimens. There was also a splendid collection of scatalogical humour sure to delight teenaged boys worldwide.
The visitors book was testament to the fact that this museum is extremely popular despite its somewhat unusual topic. We did look for entries from guests such as the legendary I. P. Daly, though none were found. Our only regret was the lack of any merchandise; polo shirts with the International Museum of Toilets (and perhaps an appropriate logo) would surely sell in huge quantities, thereby funding the work of the Sulabh organisation. As it is, this is an exhibit that should not be missed the next time you're in Delhi. The air conditioning is also quite the relief from the outside heat.
Funtown Amusement & Water Park
20th October 2010
Our journey brought us from crap to utter crap. It's hard to imagine anything that could make the Funtown Amusement & Water Park a worse place; a direct hit by a meteorite would likely improve it. The single roller coaster was marginally larger than a Big Apple, but set up for children only with a single seater car. The staff allowed Lisa to try it anyway, but it quickly became apparent that the lift hill motor wasn't up to the job of moving an adult. The remaining rides all looked to be in fairly grim shape. We wandered quickly around the rest of the park while trying not to breathe, and finding nothing else of interest we hit the road.
Adventure Island Delhi
20th October 2010
Adventure Island has borrowed heavily from the Universal Studios Citywalk concept, with a shopping mall and restaurants attached to a very pleasant amusement park. The rides within are all relatively minor attractions, but they are nevertheless beautifully themed and spotlessly clean. It was interesting to note an improvised go-kart track, made by closing off a few walkways, albeit partially; anyone who wanted to could easily step over the barrier, something that'd never clear insurance restrictions in other countries.
Though the park did have a roller coaster it was not the ride we'd been expecting. Air Pogo (#1590) is a family suspended coaster from Zamperla, a suspended version of their mini mouse concept. This ride definitely stretches the definition of coaster somewhat, but it meets all of my rules.
Worlds of Wonder
20th October 2010
A brief stop at Fundoo World confirmed what we already suspected; that the amusement park had been closed for several years. We could see what looked like a powered coaster through the locked gates, but it wasn't possible to get close enough to identify.
We were going to head back to the hotel at this point, but our driver, having figured out what we were interested in, told us about another amusement park in Delhi that we were unaware of. Worlds of Wonder was very much in the mould of Adventure Island Delhi, being a collection of rides attached to a shopping mall, though in this case admission was free, with guests paying for individual ride tickets. This gave us time to explore the place, though we didn't find any roller coasters.