After more than two years of staying at home and observing social distancing, we had almost forgotten the existence of fairs. Fortunately, we look at a semblance of normalcy and welcome community events. A carnival has arrived in Gurugram at HUDA Grounds and Leisure valley. With it arrives music, rides, lights, decoration and food. It is a 5 mins walk from IFFCO Chowk metro station Gate no 2. You will find the carnival from July 9 to July 31 from 5 pm to 11 pm.
The best part about the carnival is that it is not very crowded. You don't have to be in a waiting queue for your turn to go on a ride. Although the carnival starts after 5:30 in the evening, it is better to go a little late when the sun is down.
Everything here available will make your children happy and exciting. Where parents usually don't get time for their kids, here the parents were seen engaged with their kids and enjoying their happiness: Trampolin, Camel ride, saline solution stall, and ice gola are the stalls where most of the kids were seen. Prakriti Shrivastav (35), a resident of DLF Phase III, Gurugram, was there with her family. She shares her experience by saying that the sitting arrangement is really good in the carnival. She added, "It's my daughter's birthday who has turned 4. What could be a better place to celebrate other than this. So many activities are available here, my kid is having a good time!"
It is absolutely a fun place for your kids. We can get around 7 to 8 different ride experiences in the carnival. You can overcome your acrophobia by trying a sweet medium-size Ferris wheel, while wave swingers and Columbus can be thrilling experiences.
As we see, it is not just the kids who were enjoying the rides. Madhvi Golash (48), Meerut says, "I am here to have a youthful experience, it is being a long time since I attended such a carnival." Another visitor Pooja(45) says, "We usually go to malls because such carnivals are not available. We came here for a change, although I am scared of rides. I will try for the thrill."
For some, it was a flashback of childhood memories and for others, it was an outing for their children. " I love the live music which has been an attraction for me to this carnival", says Madhvi attended the carnival with her sister-in-law Pooja.
Well, I know you must have gotten to know about this from the Instagram reels. The fair has a selfie corner where you can take Instaworthy pictures.
A major drawback was there were very few eating options there. The trouble people were facing was less variety of stalls and limited activities for young adults. Chirangada Singh, a master's student who travelled from south Delhi to Gurugram to attend the carnival. She shares that her summer vacation has allowed her to attend something like this. "It has been 10 years since I have attended such carnival that is why I wanted to come but I expected more. Empty stalls were a little irritating."
For Parul Sharma and her husband, Anup Sharma, it was just a one-visit carnival. Anup Sharma, who lives in Mehrauli, Video editor by profession says, "It was just on our way back, so we decided to attend it." Parul Sharma, Mehrauli, who is a homemaker, shares that she got to know about the carnival from Facebook. She says, "As I am pregnant, I could not go on rides. I found it a bit dull."