Gold Rush Express, Imagica, Khopoli, India

As one scans the rides at Imagica, tucked away in a corner, at the far end lies a brown tall structure that is hard to miss. At first glance it looks like a wooden mine train, right at the foot of a dry, broken, rocky hill. As one approaches the coaster, you are surely transported back to the Gold Rush days…

Super 8er Bahn, Prater, Vienna, Austria

When I first visited Prater, it was a rainy evening. I looked longingly at enormous, high-trill rides. Nearly all of them were closed on account of rain. In spite of that, I couldn’t hold my excitement and jumped around with joy like a monkey looking at the feast of coasters in front of me. A few functional rides…

Enchanted Airways, Universal Studios, Singapore

At the age of 6 years, this was my first visit to Universal Studios, Singapore. I was excited about riding BiiiiiG rides, but I wasn’t allowed in any of them except Enchanted Airways. This is one of the few coasters that allow kids 36 inches tall to have an amazing ride – most require you to be 42 to…

Hoola Loop, EsselWorld, Gorai Mumbai, India

If you are at EsselWorld – India’s oldest, largest and most visited amusement park – looking for a looping ride, this is the only one. During my numerous visits to the park as a child, the combination of high-pitched rider screams, the amazing inversion and rider reviews made this a special ride I wanted to grow…

Volare, Prater, Vienna, Austria

This unique flying roller-coaster is situated in Prater, Vienna. The park itself is of historical significance and is perhaps one of the earliest amusement parks in Europe. When I visited the park in May 2015 on a rainy evening, one visit was not enough because all the big rides were closed. I came back the…

Nitro, Adlabs Imagica, India

Arguably, this could qualify as India’s best rollercoaster.  If you are in India, you just have to ride this coaster. It has all the characters of a good one – it is tall, long, thrilling and leaves you wanting to ride it again and again. People who love rollercoasters may even think of riding it…