While the London Eye and Singapore Flyer, located in the heart of the metropolises, offer you spectacular views, the Kalindi Kunj-based Delhi Eye offers an unobstructed view of the Yamuna, a few buildings, a lot of construction work and not much else.
The hazy sky on Monday evening did not help in spotting some of Delhi’s historic monuments, which made the spin on the giant wheel more of a joyride than a place from where you can absorb the culture and history of the city.
However, at the inauguration of the giant wheel, Syed Salim, the managing director of Izara Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, the company that operates the wheel, said: “On a clear day, one can spot major monuments like the Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple and Humayun’s Tomb, apart from a bird’s eye view of Connaught Place and Noida.”
At 200 feet, the giant wheel is the tallest in the country. It has 36 air-conditioned cabins that can seat six people each. Soft music plays throughout the ride, which lasts 20 minutes in all. The glass bottom in the cabin offers you a view of the water park located below. The ride opened on October 2 and inaugural fee is Rs. 250 per person.
Park manager Somesh said the ride received a good response over the weekend.
“Some kids finished the ride and immediately went and stood in the line again. It is also becoming popular with families, as they get to spend time together in privacy.”
The ride is located in the middle of an amusement park that offers rides mostly for kids, a 6D movie theatre, and a haunted house, apart from food courts and gaming zones.
The Delhi Eye has been built by Vekoma Rides, a Dutch company that has built and operated rides across the world.
Though completed by 2010, it could not be thrown open to the public because of legal issues arising due to its proximity to the Yamuna-TH