1. asKQAnce 2013
The Travel and Culture Quiz Finals
Ochintya Sharma and Venkatesh S
2. Stamp-ede! – Written
Clockwise – 8
Bharat Rail – Written
Clockwise – 8
Seen In a Scene – Written
Anti-clockwise – 8
Do I see a game somewhere – Written
? Anti-clockwise – 8
+5 for each, +5 bonus for getting
everything, no negatives
4. Hand in your sheets
…after this slide.
5. 1. A set of stamps celebrating their famous Tanna Island
coffee – which country issued it?
7. 2. Name this tourist
attraction. Give a
8. Sea of Galilee / Lake of Gennesaret
9. 3. If you travel to NZ,
you are bound to
come across this
flavour of ice cream
consisting of plain
vanilla ice cream with
small, solid lumps of
that dates back to the
1940s. Name it
10. Hokey Pokey
11. 4. The Austurvollur is a prominent park/square in the
centre of which national capital city? – it has become a
prominent place for public protests
13. 5. Name please
15. 6. Which place in Spain are all these about?
16. Altamira Caves
17. X first saw Y from the window of a train while travelling
from Vernon to Gasny. He had been living in Poissy in
north France, looking for a change of residence after the
premature death of his first wife, and the beginning of a
relationship with Alice Hoschedé. He liked what he saw
from the train window so much that he moved to Y in
1883 with Alice and their eight children. After buying a
house there, X redesigned his garden using Japanese
principles. The garden and water body are inextricably
linked and identified with X and are a major tourist
Name X and Y
AUDIENCE – 1
18. X – Claude Monet
Y – Giverny
19. 1. Charles ______ Casalasco’s father, Jacques _______ was
owner of the Hotel Anglais in Monte Carlo, where
Charles worked as a pageboy. At the height of his
success after coming to New York, Charles sold out and
entered a joint venture with a group of Wall Street
financiers, most notably Otto Kahn, E.F. Hutton and
Walter P. Chrysler and built this hotel at a cost of $15
million and opened it in Oct 1930. YSL first debuted his
couture collection in America here. In the Cotillion
Ballroom, Al Pacino tangoed his way to an Oscar in
Scent of a Woman.
Name this iconic hotel and also give it’s current
21. The Pierre New York
A Taj Hotel
22. 2. This was developed by Seiichi Miyake in 1965. It was
first introduced in a street in Okayama city, Japan, in
1967. Its use gradually spread in Japan and then around
the world and has now become a standard. The colour is
chosen in a way that it contrasts visually with adjacent
walking surfaces, either light-on-dark, or dark-on-light.
You will now find this in public transport areas like
Metro stations, bus termini, sidewalks and so on.
What is it?
24. To guide or warn the visually impaired
- the oblong raised pattern indicate places, and in what
direction, it is safe to walk confidently. The “warning” blocks
with the round raised dots indicate edges, corners or other
places where greater care or caution is required. So, these
tactile cues help everyone stay clear of train platform edges,
crosswalk drop-offs, and other related hazards.
25. 3. This is a traditional South American herb infused
drink, particularly in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and
the southern states of Brazil. It is prepared from
steeping dried leaves of yerba herbs in hot water.
It is served with a metal straw from a shared hollow
calabash gourd. The straw is traditionally made of silver
and called the bombilla.
What friendly name does it have in Argentina?
27. Mate, pronunced Mahtay
28. 4. It was once one of the most important cities in
Europe. The Roman emperor Augustus chose it as the
naval base for his eastern Mediterranean fleet in the first
century, making the city an important boom town on
the Eastern trade routes. Some 400 years later, Emperor
Honorius moved his capital from Milan to here. Later, it
became the seat of the Byzantine government in Italy,
and thereby the most important city in the Eastern
Roman Empire after Constantinople. The architectural
legacy of this period includes a unique collection of early
Christian mosaics housed in eight buildings that have
been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Name it
29. Galla Placidia mausoleum
A mosaic of emperor
32. 5. In the early 17th century, the city X did belong to the
French. Around 1535, the explorer Y had claimed it for
King François I of France when he sailed across the
Atlantic to the New World in search of gold. But as he
recorded in his diary, there was no gold here, only “stones
and horrible rugged rocks”. A few decades later, because
of a fashion accessory coming into vogue, the French
realized that there was great profit to be made and a
group of French pioneers led by cartographer Samuel de
Champlain landed here and chose X as their capital, and it
remained in French hands till 1759. If you travel to this
city even today, the French influence is unmistakeable.
Name X, Y and the fashion accessory
34. X – Quebec
Y – Jacques Cartier
Z – Beaver fur hats
35. 6. On the left is the Royal Pavilion and on the right is the
Chattri Memorial. In which seaside town in England will
you find it? What was the Pavilion used for in the 1910s
and in a related fashion, who was the memorial for?
Royal Pavilion was used as a hospital for
wounded Indian soldiers in WW1
The memorial is for the Indian soldiers who
died in WW1
38. 7. Three monuments in three different parts of the world
(Asia, Americas and Africa) that all have the same name –
denoting the founders / rulers of the respective places or
in one case, a Biblical tale. What’s the common name and
name any one of the locations?
40. Three Kings Monument
Chiang Mai, Thailand
41. 8. This book and its film adaptation by Ryu Murakami is
set in this iconic location and was also filmed here. It is
also believed that the last wild tiger in this country was
shot dead in this location after escaping from a nearby
show. The lasting claim to fame of this place was
something that was ‘created’ here between 1910-1915.
Name the place and the creation.
43. Raffles Hotel
44. In the Southern Hemisphere, you will come across
phenomena called the Roaring Forties, the Furious Fifties
and the Shrieking Sixties – named by sailors who
benefited from them.
What are they and why are they so named?
AUDIENCE – 2
46. Strong westerly winds
Degrees of Latitude where they are found
47. AUDIENCE – 3
The Battle of Curzola was a naval battle which was
fought at the end of the 13th century between the fleets
of Genoa and Venice, in which the Venetians suffered a
According to one unverified legend, what was
co-written by Venetian prisoner Rustichello da Pisa?
49. The Travels of Marco Polo
50. Bharat Rail
+5 for each, +5 bonus for getting
everything, no negatives
51. Hand in your sheets
…after this slide.
52. 1. In the pre-2011 4-digit numbering system, the first digit
in any Indian train number represented the Railway region
that runs it. Trains starting with the number 0 belonged
to which railway organization in India?
53. Konkan Railway
54. 2. This is a station on the Arakkonam-Renigunta section of
the Southern Railway (the first station after Renigunta
towards Arakkonam (just within the AP border). The
station code is VKZ. What is its distinction?
55. Train station with the longest name
56. 3. The easternmost broad gauge railway station in India
is also the point where the Stillwell Road, which was
used by the allies to transport arms in the China-India-
Burma corridor during World War 2, begins.
In fact, this village lent its name to the earlier name of
the Stillwell Road.
57. Ledo (in Assam)
58. 4. This Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India today.
It has a maximum speed of 150km/h on the Faridabad-
Agra section, and 130km/h between Agra and Jhansi. It has
the highest commercial speed for any train in India –
89.87 km/h, and covers the 704 km stretch in 7 hours 50
minutes. Which two cities does it connect?
59. New Delhi – Bhopal
60. 5. In the tentative list submitted for the UNESCO World
Heritage Sites, India has nominated two more entries to
an existing set of three. The existing three are in Tamil
Nadu, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh. The new ones
are in Maharashtra and Punjab/Himachal.
Name the two new entries
61. Matheran and Kangra Valley
- Mountain Railways of India
62. 6. Which is the only train in India that runs (more than
100 km) with just two coaches?
63. There are only two coaches in the Fairy Queen:
fifty seats in the air conditioned first coach and
the second coach which is the pantry car.
64. This is a Super Fast express train, running between
Kanyakumari and Hazrat Nizamuddin covers a distance
of 2922 km making it one of the longest running Super
Fast trains in the country. One of the few trains named
after a literary work, what is it called, possibly influenced
by a tourist attraction at one of the termini?
AUDIENCE – 4
65. Thirukkural Express
66. Which Indian detergent brand shares its name with a
now-defunct national airline of a European country?
AUDIENCE – 5
68. 9. This is the Souk Zrabia, the main carpet market in
one of the major cities in North Africa. Due to their
intricate designs and their comparisons to expensive art,
these carpets are given a name that combines the name
of the tribe that makes these along with the name of a
famous artist. Which city will you find this in? What are
these carpets called?
71. 10. The term ______ __ _________refers to an event in Greek history
involving a mass suicide of women from Souli and their children
during the Souliote War of 1803, near this village in Epirus,
Greece. During the Souliote War in Dec 1803, the Souliotes
began evacuating after their defeat by the forces of the local
Ottoman-Albanian ruler, Ali Pasha. During the evacuation, a
small group of Souliot women and their children were trapped
by Ali's troops in Epirus. In order to avoid capture and
enslavement, the women threw their children first and then
themselves off a steep cliff, committing suicide. According to the
legend, they jumped down the precipice one after the other
while singing and dancing. The incident soon became known
What is this monument called?
73. Dance of Zalongo
Zalongo is located in Epirus in Northern Greece
74. 11. One of the most important tourist attractions in
Colorado, it was controversial when built in 1963, it is
now regarded as an icon of modernist architecture. It
hosts more than half a million visitors every year. It has
six different sections for use by different people.
What is it and who is it built for?
76. Cadet Chapel for the United States Air Force
- The Protestant nave is located on the upper level,
while the Catholic and Jewish chapels and a Buddhist room
are located beneath it. You can also find the All Faiths room
and Falcon Circle for followers of Earth-Centered
77. 12. A famous temple for Parvati and a GI-indicated sari
from a town in East India. Name the town, the name by
which the goddess is known and the sari
Chinnamasta – the one with the severed head
80. 13. This is the map of which city? The main road here is
named after a feted army general, Gatot Subroto. What
does Gatot (a common first name in this country) stand
Gatot is the short form for the warrior Gatotkacha
83. 14. This National Park covers more than 2.5 million
hectares in the east of the country, at the centre of the
“Pamir Knot”. It consists of high plateaus in the east and,
rugged peaks to the west, some of them over 7,000m
high, and features extreme seasonal variations of
temperature. The longest valley glacier outside the Polar
region is located among the 1,085 glaciers in the park,
which also has 170 rivers and more than 400 lakes. The
park also shelters nationally rare and threatened birds and
mammals. Name the country where it’s located. What is
unique about the Pamir Knot?
The Pamir Knot are a mountain range in
Central Asia formed by the knot of the
Himalayas, Tian Shan, Karakoram, Kunlun, and
Hindu Kush ranges.
86. 15. Given below are the name derivations of areas that make up
which remarkable place? Also, identify X
i. Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan – lifelong friend of X
iii. Viscount Samuel Hood
iv. King Ferdinand II of Aragon
v. Juan José Flores, the first President of Ecuador
vi. Genoa, Italy
vii. Queen Isabela
viii. Friar Antonio Marchena
ix. English nobleman, Lord Hugh Seymour (2)
x. the Pinzón brothers
xi. Earl of Abingdon / Spanish for the Pint
xii. the convent of Rábida
xiii. the patron saint of seafarers, St. Christopher
xiv. Holy Cross in Spanish
xv. Santa Fe – a city in Spain
xvi. Equivalent to St James in English
xvii. German geologist Theodor Wolf
88. Galapagos Islands
In 1768, while in England as a deputy postmaster of the
British American colonies, he heard a curious complaint
from the Colonial Board of Customs: Why did it take
British packets several weeks longer to reach New York
from England than it took an average American
merchant ship to reach Newport, Rhode Island, despite
the merchant ships leaving from London, while the
packets left from Falmouth in Cornwall?
In the fall of 1768, he discussed this with his first cousin
Timothy Folger, captain of a Nantucket whaling vessel.
What was charted and named thus? Who is the person?
91. Gulf Stream
92. Don’t just book it. _________ _________ it.
Fill in the blanks in this famous ad campaign
AUDIENCE – 6
93. Thomas Cook
94. The birth place of Lal Bahadur Shastri, it is one of the
termini of the Grand Chord section that starts from
Asansol. Located 16 kms from Varanasi, it possibly has
the longest freight yard in Asia.
AUDIENCE – 7
96. Seen in a Scene
97. You will see 6 movie clips. (unfortunately, all
Questions need to be answered in writing.
Each question has two parts.
5+5 marks for A+B parts.
No Stakes, No Differentials, No bonus,
No other scoring bullshit.
98. Hand in your sheets
…after this slide.
You will see a popular song. It is picturized in two
locations not very far from each other. Name both.
101. Ranganthittu Bird
Balmuri Falls near Mysore
What is the name of the Railway Station that is
featured in the video?
This place is also the start point of a “Numero Uno”
road. Where does that road terminate?
When this song from a 1970 movie became popular, as
with many other cases, tourists started discovering this
lake. Not long after, boating here became a honeymoon
According to local myth, the lake is filled through a
subterranean connection with which water body?
106. Nainital and
The name of this park in Utah with such a
spectacular landscape points to what “expired
What is the black line that is meandering through?
109. Dead Horse
This is an enactment of the _____ Festspiele, one of the
world’s most prestigious classical festivals. It is held
every July and August on a specially made stage on
Lake Constance in Austria.
Fill the blank.
Identify the opus being enacted.
This place earns merit in Myth for two reasons. One,
this is where Parashurama vanquished King Kartavirya
Arjuna. This is also where, in Valmiki’s ashram, Sita
delivered Luv and Kush. (A)
Film crew are also discovering another location, (B),
30 km southeast of (A), whose two main residential
areas are called Robertsonpet and Andersonpet.
Name A and B
114. Kolar Hills and
Kolar Gold Fields
115. 1. There are more than 600 of them, all managed by
the Gormost. The first Perekhod came up in
Smolenskaya in 1935 and the longest, in Paveletskaya.
Each of the major ones has its own speciality.
Teatralnaya with good acoustics is for musicians.
Kitai-Gorod is a drinking hole and the one in Pushkin
Square has the best DVDs. Kurskaya is for modern art.
Between Gorky Park and New Tretykov gallery, it is for
Russian paintings. Manezh Square even has a movie
What is a Perekhod?
117. Underground Pedestrian Crossing
118. 2. This is a memorial to a 20th century leader designed
by the ROMA design group and sculpted by the
Chinese artist Lei Yixin. The specific manner of its
construction is a dedication to what?
120. Line from Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a dream
speech: “Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of
121. 3. The 86th floor observatory in the Empire State
Building is open till 2AM every night. Thursday to
Saturday, 10 PM to 1 AM, there is a jazz saxophonist
doing the rounds. You can pay him extra and he will
play your song.
Flooded with what demand, did the ESB employ these
123. Marriage Proposals.
The Observatory Deck at the ESB is the venue where
maximum marriage proposals happen in the US.
There were floods of request for surprise music!!
I'd like to propose at the Empire State Building. Is that ok?
Absolutely! We recommend proposing when our saxophonist is on the 86th floor Observatory
(Thursdays-Saturdays, 10PM–1AM). You may request your special song to help set the mood.
Afterwards, celebrate with a champagne toast at The Empire Room, located in the building on the
main level on 33rd Street. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests to close down the
Observatory for proposals.
124. 4. If you were an itinerant traveller in the mid 1800s, what
you saw in the visual would have caused you quite an
irritation. The fact that it was made of Indian Plum and
other prickly shrubs would cause the irritation to be even
more literal. In reference to another such grand project,
historians now call this “The _____ ______ of India”. (A)
The officers of the East India Company and later the
Crown, who extended the original A, called it by a more
officious name : “Inland (B) Line” alluding to the function
that was provided.
A and B please?
126. 5. The building of the Beijing - Shanghai high speed
railway consumed two times the amount of concrete
used in the Three Gorges Dam. The train reaches a
max speed of 300 kmph, and the 1300 kilometre
distance is scheduled to be covered in around 5 hours
with just a single stop at Nanjing South.
However, very often, the journey takes well upto 7 hrs.
The reason for this delay is a large number of sudden
and emergency stops the train makes.
Why does the train stop in the wayside places?
128. In ordinary Chinese trains, smoking is permitted in
The High Speed G train is a total non-smoking train.
Addicted Chinese comrades try to light up, mostly in
the bathroom. This sets up the fire alarm which
triggers automatic emergency brakes. The train doesn't
start till the bathroom is identified and the system is
129. 6. This is a standard souvenir from a familiar
wonder of the world.
What artistic license have the local artists applied to
the actual scenery, to justify what legend?
131. The relative heights of
the hills are
manipulated so that the
picture looks like a
The face is supposed to
be that of the Emperor
Pachucuti. Machu Pichu
was built as an estate
The word Porajmos is used to describe the attempted genocide
of these people X during World War 2. They survived and have
In country Y, X is written with a double consonant so as not to
create any local confusion.
In France, the belief was that X came into their country from
the east, and hence the French called them Z.
In the late 19th century, with the upsurge of a French cultural
movement, the adjective Z came to common usage.
Solve for X, Y, Z
134. X= Romani
The area around Malvan is a popular tourist destination with multiple
beaches, temples and forts in vicinity.
In recent years, a small island, a few kilometres from Malvan has been
attracting tourists in hordes.
Situated in the back waters of Tarkarli, this sand bar is now a hub for
water sports like jet ski, banana boat rides, kayaks, and the likes.
Critics deride this loss of peace and pronounce that the island was not
formed overnight as claimed by the local tourist machinery. They find
the name chosen for the island as cheap and sad publicity.
But it is precisely the much publicized name that is bringing in the
What is the name of the island?
137. Tsunami Island
Created during the Tsunami of 2004
138. The Motihari town is the headquarters of a historically
important district of Bihar. A massive opium warehouse
faces the most important and popular house in the town,
which is now a protected monument. A tourist trail of
sorts brings thousands to this house every year. By a
quirky coincidence, the reason for fame was tracked
down in the year 1983 – not a year too early. The
district, which borders Nepal, is important since
Mahatma Gandhi led the first Satyagraha revolution
Why is the house famous? Give the name of the district
AUDIENCE – 8
140. George Orwell’s birthplace
141. Do I see a game somewhere?
142. There are six questions. About travel locations
connected to some sport/pastime/act of leisure (all
Questions need to be answered in writing
Each question has two parts
5+5 marks for A+B parts
No Stakes, No Differentials, No bonus, No other
143. Hand in your sheets
…after this slide.
This movie clip was shot at a location which was
naturally endowed for this sport. But no local had ever
bothered about it. It was the gear brought by the film
crew that pioneered this sport here. Today, it draws
thousands of enthusiasts from all over the world and
even hosts a major championship.
What sport? (A)
(B)Baler Bay / Aurora
Where will you see this statues? (A)
And whose statue is on the right? (B)
149. (A)Royal Ascot
In 1950, when the Mexico government completed building its
section of the world’s longest road, it wanted to showcase its
road building prowess and also attract international travellers.
Thus, this race was born. Covering a distance of 2200 miles and
an elevation range of 300 ft. to 10,000+ ft., it quickly earned
notoriety of being the “most dangerous race” in the world.
What is this event? (A)
And what popular nickname has this race now caught on, that
may remind you of a defunct airline? (B)
152. (A) La Carrera
or the Panamerican
(B) Pan Am
Because of its extensive canal network, (A) is often
compared to Venice. It draws more than 10 million
tourists every year and for a long time, it was
considered the most favourite destination for American
college students to spend out their spring break.
Its annual show, - the 54th Edition this year - draws
close to 100,000 tourists every October. For all its
influence, be through its unique geography or the large
number of moneybags with large toys, it called “The
(B) Capital of the World”.
Tell us A and B.
155. 5. This is the “Image of the World” square. Measuring
505 metres by 160 metres, it is one of the largest city
squares in the world. Since early 1600s, it has been a
hub of entertainment, commerce, and social gatherings
in which city?(A). Additionally, what sporting purpose
was it used for? (B)
157. (A) Isfahan
(B) Polo Field
158. 6. (A) is a large country home in Gloucestershire dating
from the 13th century. It came to the possession of the
Earl of Somerset and finally to the _____ (B) during the
late 17th Century.
The large manor has multiple sporting traditions. One, it
is the venue for the prestigious A Horse Trials.
Secondly, it is Britain’s major centre for fox hunting.
However, quizzers know more about an “invention/
re-introduction” by the children of the family in the
Grand Hall during a unusually harsh winter spell of 1863.
Fill A and B.
160. (A) Badminton House
(B) Duke of Beaufort
161. This National Park has perhaps the widest diversity of
habitats of any of South Asia's major areas. It’s altitude
ranges from a mere 200m in the plains to a lofty 4,570m
in the easternmost tip of the Himalayas, providing an
impressive altitudinal range. It is probably the only place
in the world that has the tiger, leopard, clouded leopard
and the snow leopard. It is also a birding paradise with
more than 400 species, some found only in this part of
AUDIENCE – 9
163. Namdapha National Park
With its history running back to 1895, The Henry Wood
Concerts are organized by the BBC every summer in the
Royal Albert Hall for eight weeks.
Historically, as these concerts were to be performed in _______s,
they are also called the BBC ____s.
Now, the verb ______ing is used to refer to this massive
phenomenon of queuing up for cheap tickets, spending long
nights in those queues, and cheering loudly from the cheap
British media trumps this as the most democratic cultural
festival in the world. What is this phenomenon?
The overriding rule: You are not to think you're anyone special or
that you're better than us.
is derived from these 10 rules:
You're not to think you are anything special.
You're not to think you are as good as us.
You're not to think you are smarter than us.
You're not to convince yourself that you are better than us.
You're not to think you know more than us.
You're not to think you are more important than us.
You're not to think you are good at anything.
You're not to laugh at us.
You're not to think anyone cares about you.
You're not to think you can teach us anything.
This doctrine is called “The Law of Jante” Or “Who-Do-You-
Think-You-Are” law. This explains the social and community
based behaviour of which region of the world?
169. 11. What is common to the following buildings?
Westminster Cathedral, London
Cathedral of St. John the Divine,
170. Super Power Building,
Ajuba National Palace, Lisbon
New Zealand Parliament,
172. Buildings left incomplete
A. Part of the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos, west of San
Pedro de Atacama in Chile.
B. Ischigualasto Provincial Park, famous for multiple dinosaur
fossil discoveries in South-western Argentina.
C. Part of the Pedro Domingo Murillo, just 10 Km from
downtown La Paz in Bolivia.
D. A 1.8 Billion years Stony basin carved out by the
San Miguel river near Chapada dos Veadeiros in the
All these places have all adopted the same nickname.
What would be the English version of that nickname?
175. Valle de la Luna
Val da Lua
Valley of the Moon
The resort is referred as “The Village” and the manager, the
chef de village. GO, Gentils Organisateurs, serve customers
who are called GM, Gentils Membres (Gracious Guests).
Through the day, GOs and GMs play, dine, drink, and dance
together. Across all the resorts, GOs do a communal dance –
crazy signs – a dance that is improvised/invented every season.
What holiday experience is this?
A few years back, researchers at the Cornell Centre for
Advanced Computing (CAC) using a novel methodology,
number crunching media analytics and some statistical tweaks,
established that (surprise!) the Eiffel Tower was the most
photographed location in the world.
In late 2012, another team of researchers, operating on a
different set of data established that (surprise, surprise!)
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport has taken that elite position.
What is the methodology applied? And what was the difference
in the two approaches?
180. The methodology was to analyze pictures
shared onto internet.
The Cornell scientists downloaded nearly 35
million Flickr photos taken by more than
300,000 photographers and analyzed them.
The other study was conducted by Instagram
of pictures posted by their 100 million users
In 1963, Jim Hole, A British special effects specialist and Paul
Avellino, a construction manager, devised a 300 feet shallow
water tank for shooting naval sequences. The next year, this
was used for the naval war drama, “The Bedford Incident”.
Producers who came for the tank soon noticed other things in
the neighborhood that has always been calling in tourists:
blue lagoons, unspoilt forts and devout worshippers.
In 1978, the Mediterranean Film Studios was formed and today
it has a proud portfolio of top-notch period blockbusters.
Now there are as many long queues at the left-behind sets as
there are in the medieval forts.
Where on earth?
184. 16. Some attribute the name of this festival to Geography.
Others attribute it to a famous 1848 short story. The most
iconic images of the festival in the place of origin are the ones
Over the years, the festival has spread far and wide: Paris in
October, Iceland on June 24th, Helsinki in August, Melbourne in
Feb and Chicago in May.
What festival? Where did the festival originate?