RAMOJI FILM CITY: From "Sholay "to the latest film "Bahubali" this film city holds the" Gunnies Book of World Record" for being the largest film studio in the world. With a fully filmy entry on the grand gates with a warm welcome with evergreen songs of Bollywood, the performances from the artists are something to watch. Walking further you get to witness so many varieties of live stunt shows, traditional market, street show, and the list is just endless. Spread across 2000 acres with more than 104 gardens and uncountable film sets of some legendary Bollywood and Hollywood movie and historical T.V. serials like "Mahabharat", Ramoji has it all and the list doesn't end here it's just started. It even has a view of California's Hollywood which makes you skip a beat and makes you breathless. The tour of this film city is done through the small red vintage bus with non-stop commentary from the host describing every single detail of the place that you encounter on your way; you also get a chance to visit a few popular sets as well. It was noon, time for my lunch; the film city has four themed based restaurants with multi-cuisines to serve its guests. I had my lunch in a castle structured "Dil Se" restaurant which has savored North Indian and South Indian delicacies. You can also have some side dishes on the small restaurants which are all around the place if you don't have an appetite.
After great refreshment, I was charged to explore what more this stunning place holds for me. From FUNDUSTAN (Kids Park), BONSAI GARDEN, BUTTERFLY PARK and other few, this film city also have a studio which let its guests experience the real art of film making and sound mixing, the legendary scene of "Dhanno and Basanti from movie Sholay" was a treat to watch.
The fun didn't stop here, after so much of exploration it was the time for some nail art and tattoo, the locals have the shops to help you with these. Every theme park is just incomplete without ride which adds an extra adventure to your trip and what's better than some thrilling and adventures ride that too free of cost, with horror house, rain dance and many more it just makes me short to count on my fingers but the place is a must-visit destination for every age group.
It was evening and the whole Ramoji was bathed into the lights which changed the whole view as compared to the morning. I was tired but the place has yet to give me even more. Fortunately, I planned my trip during the Ramoji Fest which added a bonus for my never-ending enjoyment to this place. I was full but the place had a lot more to give me as it was just the start of the night, the fest showcases the talent of so many artists across India with their power pack performances and tremendous talents, accompanied with ramp walk and award ceremony as well.
Everyone who ever dreamt of going to Disneyland can fulfill it by enjoying an awesome parade with so many cartoon characters, the DJ, the lights, the bands and a walk and dance throughout the streets of film city posing and hugging you favorite cartoons, this fun just added to the memories of my unforgettable album of life.(recommended : to visit during the festivals of which updates are available at Ramoji's official website)
The film city not only a place to be visited by tourists but also has its own RAMOJI FILM AND TELEVISION INSTITUTE. Apart from visitors the film city also holds business meets and wedding ceremonies and to make your event comfortable it provides you with many luxury hotel packages for your stay. It even offers honeymoon packages for its visitors to make their visit a perfect delight.
Singing, dancing and laughing I was filled with all new energy, hopes as this filmy day came to an end with the total filmy closing ceremony. The marvelous view of the place made me promise myself to visit the place again for sure someday. The day just passed and left behind the best memories that I would cherish my whole life and that's the magic of this film city, thousands of strangers visit here daily but by the end of the day it makes you fall for it and that makes you crave for it more. With the same craving and the flashback of the whole day at the back of my mind, I came back to my hotel with tired feet but with a fully charged soul.