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Fluid Noida - An Icy Nightclub

Step into the icy whit interiors of Fluid and you have the feeling of having walked into a very large igloo. Nothing could be more inviting then a bar, which if not exactly constructed out of blocks of ice, looks and feels very much like it.

On the main level , a smooth white bar on the left forms the centerpiece, while curved lines and bottle niches cur into the wall enhance the illusion that the entire bar is sculpted, rather than constructed. To the right of the bar, stairs lead down to another seating area against a backdrop of mirrors, a DJ booth and a dance floor. The lighting hue changes from green to blue to pink, but fortunately not too fast as to bring on a headache.

Leave that to fluid kick, the bar's version of a long island iced tea which contains no less than 5 types of alcohol. For those not looking for such a speedy buzz, girlie cocktails like the Kir Club
(sparkling wine and creme de cassis) are refreshing. The margaritas and martinis are decent but unless you are a…

Nightlife in Delhi- DV8

What used to be the Cellar in the 1970's, Delhi's first disco outside of a five star hotel, is now a suave hang-out which manages to keep the mayhem of Cannaught Place outside once you step beyond the door. With deep lounge sofas and brick walls lined with stained glass, hardbound and paperbacks, the atmosphere is reminiscent of the utterly relaxed sahib social clubs.

Corporates, artist-types and grave young things alike flock here to talk, drink, watch cricket matches, listen to classic or contemporary rock or just unwind. The only catch is that DV8 has become so popular that it's lost some of its restfulness.

You can't go wrong with the classic 50-old cocktails on the menu. The range of snacks is wide, with Mediterranean, Mexican, Chinese and south-east Asian dishes, all of which are brilliant. There's a fine dining restaurant upstairs.

Location- Cannaught Place, Address- 13 Regal Building, Contact no. - 41500693, Credit Cards- Amex, Visa, Master. Happy hours 4-8pm;…

Nightlife in Delhi- Drunken Duck

Once you get inside this pub at Piccadelhi Restaurant, ushered in by lookalike Queen's Guard Sentries, you find yourself in an old world London pub with comfortable deep sofas and chairs, a smart bar and warm lighting.

The cocktails are refreshing, with deliciously quixotic names such as " Am I in London Already?" and "Ye Olde Double Whammy". Try the "Her Majesty's Pet Zombie" with white and dark rum, blue curacao and juices. The menu largely comprises oily finger foods, but you can also ask to order from the Piccadelhi menu.

The Drunken Duck is situated in Cannaught Place, below Plaza Cinema, H Block , GF, Cannaught Place. contact no. 23316344-49, credit cards Amex, Visa, Master. Happy hours Noon-7pm; buy one, get one free. Cuisine Multi-cuisine Cocktail pick London Dry- Rs 275. Timings- 11am to 11pm.

Akshardham Temple- Hindu Cultural Complex

Akshardham was consecrated on 6 November 2005.The first thing that crosses one's mind or rather that should cross the mind is the name of the mandir, Akshardham. The very sound of it proposes great meaning to the plenary nomenclature. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades.

Akshardham (Gujarati: દિલ્હી અક્ષરધામ, Devnagari: दिल्ली अक्षरधाम) is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India.Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays centuries of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was inspired and moderated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham.
The temple, which attracts approximately 70 percent of all…

Hotel Accommodation - A Pleasant stay in Delhi Best hotels in Delhi

Delhi, the capital city of India attract travelers for many factors. Whether for business or pleasure. The city is served by the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Transport in the city is handled by buses, taxis, and other forms of public transit. The Delhi Metro also serves the city. Although the city’s population is only slightly over 300,000, it belongs to a greater region with an estimated population of close to 10 million.

The Delhi region, always served as a financial and political center for the country. A proposal made during the 1900s suggested the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi in order to facilitate administrative duties since Delhi was located in Northern India. As a result of the proposal New Delhi was laid out just south of the old city. Since then, it has served not only as the capital of the country, but also as its political and cultural center.

Keeping in mind the budget conscious travelers many Delhi Budget Hotels offer comfy accommodation, fine din…

Lajpat Nagar Central Market - The Twin Squares Market

Lajpat Nagar Central Market is one of the most popular shopping areas of Delhi, where people can find everything under the sun.Lajpat Nagar Central Market in Delhi is a woman’s delight and is known for selling the best collection of salwar suits and Kurtis. The market is very close to Greater Kailash and houses some of the best stores.Many consider Lajpat Nagar Central Market as a perfect one-stop shop, where shoppers can get whatever they desire.

Though the market is popular for ethnic wear, you can find bed sheets, accessories, footwear and utensils here as well. It has its share of glitzy showrooms too but it’s the roadside vendors that attract the Delhiites.The collection of one of the stores here, Kinston, popularly known as Kin’s, is very good. They have an elaborate collection of footwear starting from Rs. 295 to Rs. 595. The store also has a collection of bags and clutches for all types of occasions.

There are other small and big roadside vendors and stores that sell footwear, …

Meena Bazar - The Roofed Marked

Shahjahanbad has two Meena Bazaars- the erstwhile Shahi Meena Bazaar, build in the Chatta Chowk inside the Red Fort and the commoners' Meena Bazaar facing the eastern gate of Jama Masjid. Chatta Chowk, the long arcaded street linked with shops as you enter the Red Fort, came up a century ago, when Lord Curzon revived the old Mughal Bazaar that used to occupy the same space. And it has stayed, outlasting the many poseurs around other monuments.

Chatta Chowk, is the street of hustlers who sorely miss the bus loads of tour groups that came through here before parking was banned in the Red Fort complex. It has seen far better days, when Shahjahan built the Shahi Meena Bazaar to serve the needs of the royal Households. Also known as Bazaar-i-Musaqqaf, meaning roofed marked, it is said to have been inspired by a similar shopping arcade in Isfahan.

The story goes that Shahjahan had heard of the Isfahan market and asked his architect, Mukarmat Khan, to replicate the design. Mukarmat Khan…

Sarojini Nagar Market - Bargain Hunter's Heaven

Where in Delhi do people with high taste and low disposable incomes shop? Where but sarojini nagar marketcan you get a GAP shirt for Rs 100, a Benetton pullover for Rs.150,a Mother care outfit (with an intact price tag of $18) for Rs.200? with out any doubt, the biggest draw of this very- middle-class souk is its mounds of export- surplus, export- reject appereal stock, in which a patient browser will find a great value for money.

There are 100's of these shops in this bargain-hunter's heaven and 'x' times that number of pavement vendors selling an assortment of semi-formals to casual wears, acessories and furnishings. There's also a fair sprinkling of white goods and electronics shops.

BABU Market runs along side First Cross Road, and is brimming with stores that sells salwaar-kameez sets, Sarees, Lehanga's, Kids' wear, toys, cosmetics,women's accessories, crockery and artificial jwellery.
The big draw export-surplus apperals market is between the two par…

INA market- Array Of Foodstuffs

From fish to teacups, engraved plaques to buckets, nurses' uniforms to artichoke hearts, you'll find an incongruous mix of things in the motley of shops that constitute INA Market.

The market retains its reputation for the array of foodstuffs available here. Whatever the cuisine, whatever your style of cooking, this place will have the ingredients. Artichokes, galangal (fresh or dried), shiitake mashrooms, Brussels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, dried fruits, spices, jams, cheeses- you name it, they have it.The Kashmiris keep coming back for their lotus stems and sonth (ginger powder), south Indians know they'll get their drumsticks and curry leaves, the Goans will not stop to wonder how all that fresh seafood gets to this land-locked state as long as they find it at INA market.

INA Market is situated on Aurobindo Marg, between Safdarjang Airport and AIIMS, opposite to Dilli Haat. Mondays are closed in this market

Khan Market- Heaven For Book Lovers

Khan Market was setup in the 1950's to rehabilitate people displaced from Pakistan post-partition, Khan market had an almost idyllic charm in its early days.
It was a heaven for book seekers. there was a Pat a Cake for freshly baked breads and chicken sandwiches.Allied stores had toys while Empire stores and sovereign dairy were the popular provisional stores.
Khan market has today morphed into a bustling, upmarket shopping centre, which has been taken over by big-name players. You'll find trendy cloths, designer footwear, watches, jewelery, hip cafes, furnishings, music, hardware, stationery, electronics, cosmetics, toys, imported fruits and vegetables- just about anything you can ask for.

The popular hangouts may have changed over the years but the Khan Market is still a place where you do more than just shop. Pick up your favorite CD's at the Music shop, a designer outfit from orgaan and ethnic silver jewelery to match from Amrapali. Then polish off scrumptious desserts at…