Hungama Hyderabad

16th Oct 2012
Photo of Hungama Hyderabad 1/3 by Harini Sridharan
Ramoji Film City
Photo of Hungama Hyderabad 2/3 by Harini Sridharan
Gardens at Ramoji
Photo of Hungama Hyderabad 3/3 by Harini Sridharan
Inside Snow world

A gang of four girls wanted out from the suffocating rules of a girl’s hostel and the strenuous timetable of engineering; we planned a trip to the dream city of Hyderabad during the Dussehra vacations.

The people involved in the trip were 5 girls, one boy and the accompaniment of the boy’s schoolmates and sister as Hyderabad happened to be his hometown.

We boarded a train for Hyderabad from Chennai at 18:00 hours from the Chennai Central station and we reached the Secunderabad station at 07:30 hours. The train tickets weren’t confirmed so we travelled by RAC. Please book your tickets as early as possible as the trains along this route is always jam packed.

We then left for our friend’s flat in Dilshuk Nagar and got ready for a day filled with activity. Ramoji Film City was voted the first place to be visited. It is situated at quite a distance from Dilshuk Nagar and we hard two cars ready for travel. Our host, Akhila’s parents were also eager to join us for the trip.

On reaching Ramoji Film city, we purchased our tickets and as soon as we entered, we were told to board a bus that would take us around this vast area where film shootings took place. There were dummy railway stations, palaces, trains, airports and a whole array of country sets like London, America etc. There were also performers who were dancing and singing merrily in the middle of a huge courtyard. There was a lane that was solely dedicated to the Cowboy theme and one to caves and sculptures. There were sprawling gardens with bonsai plantations and beautiful flowers. The whole area took us a day to explore and a very tired group left back home.

The next day was all planned by Abhishek who took us to a place called ‘Snow World’, an auditorium maintained at sub-zero temperature and artificial snow. All winter wear is provided along with the purchase of the ticket. We had our share of fun throwing snow balls and playing on snow slides. We came out pink-cheeked and blue-lipped and stepped straight into the scary house, a pathway designed to scare the hell out the person walking through it. Screaming and howling, we left for a drive to the airport. The Shamshabad airport is considered to be the best airport of India and the route to the airport is as beautiful as the airport itself. It lies 20 kms outside the sity limit and is surrounded by green lands and lakes. We rode at an enormous speed on our car and the cool air created an atmosphere of pure fun and excitement.

We returned home for a quiet dinner and a good sound sleep.

We left for the Jagannath temple in Jubilee hills and also the Birla Mandir nearby. We visited a couple of malls and ended the day with a sumptuous feast at Gachibowli. The road adjoining DLF office has the most amazing street food a foodie could ask for at jaw dropping low prices. Please do not miss it if you are a foodie with no concerns about ambience and setting.

The next day was pack up and go and we left for Chennai from the Secunderabad station by evening 16:30 hours.

Railway Station

An enormous area which is one of a kind in the whole of India. A film city renowned for shootings and sight-seeing spots. Must visit if you are at Hyderabad.

Photo of Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, Telangana, India by Harini Sridharan
Photo of Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, Telangana, India by Harini Sridharan

An artificial setting of snow and freezing temperature.

Photo of Snow World, Hyderabad, Telangana, India by Harini Sridharan

India's best airport with a scenic route

Photo of Shamshabad-Airport, Hyderabad, Telangana, India by Harini Sridharan

Amazing assortment of street food at nominal rates.

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