Much has been said about Ramoji and when I recently visited Hyderabad, it was definitely on top of my list to visit it. The folks at Ramoji were kind enough to give me a thrilling tour of the huge area (spread over 2000 acres). It is located at an hours drive from the city. We booked a Meru and paid up Rs. 1600 to reach Ramoji. I am sure there are cheaper options if you take the bus.
The film city is more like an amusement park and divided into 4 parts. Fundustan, Eureka, Ramoji Movie Magic and Wild West can be covered within a day between the official park timings of 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
I would rather take you on a photo tour because these pictures will best describe what you will experience at Ramoji.
The Wild West has a stunt show in the evening hours which is a must watch.
The city replicates the look of an ancient cowboy set up.
After the Wild West we took a ride to the different parts of the world. Kids would enjoy this. But we enjoyed too.
Ramoji Film City also gives you a short lesson in cinema production. Their red buses take you on a tour of the entire property and a guide shows you locations of where famous movies were shot. Most recent one being Chennai Express. If a movie shooting is in progress on a particular week/month, the area is non accessible to public.
Fundustan is more of a kids area but we loved the concept.
There were beautifully painted walls and a larger than life board game of snakes and ladder.
Vintage cars, superhero figures, costume cutouts are placed at various parts of the park and offer a great photography experience. Since I love getting clicked, I got some for you to see.
I had a fantastic day at Ramoji Film City buying fun stuff from the traditional mughal stall, a cowboy hat for Vishal and random eatables at innumerable stalls. Also played some fun games at games stalls.
And happily went for dinner to Paradise at Secunderabad for some Biryani. They have 5 outlets in the city. And do not forget to ask them to add Double Masala else your Biryani will be too bland.
Paradise has a 6 level sitting option and you can choose amongst Paradise Roof Garden, Gold One, Gold, Mini Gold, Platinum and Persis Heights. Though the pricing changes as you go each level up, the Biryani served is identical in taste.
We ordered Chicken Biryani and Paneer for starters. Both were obviously amazing.
The rice was served with Salan which is a curry made out of chillies and ofocurse the Raita.
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