Emilia: Having A Flume-ing Great Timeon August 13th, 2011 at 7:43 am
On our second day in Aurangabad we visited the Bibi-ka-Maqbara tomb and then after that, even though I nagged him for twenty minutes Daddy wouldn’t tell me where we were going next. Mummy said we were going to another silk/cotton shop and didn’t let on where we were really going.
We drove out from old Aurangabad towards Daulatabad Fort, a place that we were due to visit the next day and then finally Mummy told us to look at the signs in front of us, which said H2O Waterpark. I was quite confused at first as Mummy had said we were going elsewhere but she’d lied! Amy just screamed with excitement and when we finally arrived she started jumping up and down.
We were all classed as adults as we were over 4 foot tall but it only cost Rs200 (£3) each to get in. When we got there we were the only ones there so we decided to have lunch at their restaurant – which in England would have been closed down by the Council. We ordered Onion Pakoras – which are effectively Onion Bhajis, something that people believe does not exist in India – and some french fries. They were delicious.
After waiting a while I got changed into my bikini and went and had a look at what the park had to offer: it had children’s pool which contained some slides and a bucket which filled up and tipped out just like the one at Romsey Rapids; it had a Lazy River which was so lazy it wasn’t working and clearly hadn’t worked for a while; it had four large flumes of different types, but one was not working; there was also a room for the Rain Dance which I’ll describe later.
First we to the big flume that you can see on the left of the picture, which had dual rubber ring like a number 8 which two people could sit on. I went on with Mummy first and Amy went on with Daddy afterwards. We went down really fast which made me exclaim a couple of times as the raft banked really high. maybe too high, on one the corners – Daddy had previously warned us that health and safety standards in India wouldn’t be the same as in England.
Then we tried the set of three matching flumes that are in the middle of the picture and Amy, Mummy and I raced each other down, with Mummy only realising we’d started once Amy and I were halfway down – see it on the video. We played in the kids’ pool a fair bit as they had loads of sprinklers and small slides.
We still had no clue as to what the Rain Dance was all about but the staff there kept saying “Rain Dance, Rain Dance”. Moments later some music starting blaring from a building in the corner of the park that no-one was in. The staff pointed to the room and said “Rain Dance, Rain Dance” once again, so we walked over to see what the fuss was about. In the room there was lots of sprinklers attached to the ceiling spraying out “rain”. The music, a mixture of Bollywood and Dance music, was extremely loud, gig/concert loud, and everyone was dancing away under the rain. After a few minutes we decided the flumes were a better option.
We spent an enjoyable three hours here; we loved the waterpark.
Here’s a video of the waterpark:
Comment from Dad:
This park is a distance from Aurangabad and I’d previously, unsuccessfully, searched the web for places like this to take the kids as we’re not generally staying in places that have pools. I found this place using Google Maps’s satellite view whilst looking at Daulatabad Fort and suddenly saw the flumes. Once I knew the town/place name finding out about it was easy and I always knew I’d bring the kids here.