It is the end of the year, but the starting of the Holiday Season for the whole world. Christmas and New Year are two celebrations filled with grandeur, lighting and music. If you are wondering where to ring-in the New Year 2018, head right to Ramoji Film City located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Ramoji Film city, built in 1996, is spread across 2000 hectare expanse of land in the outskirts of Cyberabad. Excitement, adventure, thrills, magic, food and finally glamour are all part of Ramoji Film city. There is something for every individual here.
1)For Film Makers
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A Variety of Landscapes depicting Village life, city life, nature etc have been created for shooting films here. There are beautifully manicured gardens, fountains, Palaces, airport terminal, mosques, temples rural huts, Public places like railway station, Police station, etc that the Filmmakers can make use for making their blockbusters. The Spectacular epic drama Bahubali was filmed right here in the Ramoji Film City!
2) For ChildrenPhoto by Ankur P
There are play options aplenty for Children in this Film city complex. Both children and adults will enjoy walking through Asia’s biggest Aviary park to watch exotic birds from all over the world. Fundusthan, the special children’s section, includes these wonderful play areas:
- Dadaji’s inn – video games,
- Wonderville Toyland – has structures like Shoe-house for kids
- Borasura – Asia’s first Walkthrough –evil magician’s workshop
- Presto Magic Toyshop – for kids merchandise
- Thrillville – for the most thrilling rides
- Timberland – a play area for kids
- Dome Circus – live shows
- Fountain Dance
3)For Eco lovers
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- There is a Butterfly park spread over 7200 sq feet. You can see many species and colors of butterflies.
- The second section is Colours featuring 15000sq feet of colorful perennial plants that make up a very beautiful and colorful garden.
- There is a Bonsai Garden called Vaman in the Film city complex which would make you wonder how huge trees can be made to fit into a small pot.
4)For the Adventure Seeker
If you are an adventure junkie seek out the facilities for mountain Biking, All Vehicle Terrain, Bungee jumping, High Rope course, Zorbing and many more International adventure games are offered here. Corporate booking facilities are also available!
For Shopping enthusiasts
Meena Baazar inside Ramoji Film City tantalizes you with its exquisite jewelry. You will find precious and semiprecious stones encased in amazing jewelry pieces to be worn on dainty fingers, pretty hands and slender necks.
There are shops to pick up wild west souvenirs and movie memorabilia like key chains, vases etc.
Tours and Packages at Ramoji Film City
Tour packages are customized according to time, area or destination which they cover.
The Film City Tour takes you around the studios on a pre-determined tour. Some of the places it covers are Princess street set– International buildings area, North town –North Indian buildings, Bhagavatham set – Darbar or King’s court set, Askari Garden set, Japanese Garden set, Sun Fountain Garden and Kripalu Caves.
Bahubali Set tour takes you around the sets used in the Magnum opus Bahubali movie. Experience the royal sets, larger than life images and the magic of cinema on this Tour.
Eco tour takes you around the Gardens, butterfly and bird areas.
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You can also enjoy Carnivals Parades that features jugglers, floats, street performers and clowns.
Winter Fest/ carnival commenced on December 25 and culminates in January 2018. Make sure you are there to see the various performances of dance, drama, parades and more
Food and Lodging
There are many hotels and Resturants inside the Ramoji Film city. These include luxury and budget hotels that provide all the amenities you would require on a holiday. Facilities for Corporate events, Grand weddings and Honeymooners are also available in these hotels.
While home-cooked or outside food is not allowed inside the complex, there are many hotels that provide food to please your tastebuds inside the complex.
Some Awards and Recognition
This Film city is world famous and has many awards to its credit.
- Guinness Record certifies it as the “Largest Film Studio complex in the world”
- Received an Award for excellence -2013 from Department of Tourism, Andhra Pradesh.
- Holds a Golden Pony award for “Excellence and Innovation- 2007”
A word about New year Celebrations, 2018
New Year, Celebrations at Ramoji Film City this year will include performances by popular singers Hema Chandra, Geeta Madhuri, Anuj Guruwara and all-time favorite Usha Uthup. Performances of Dance troupes, Elaborate buffets and festive ambiance have also been planned at Ramoji Signage area, Main Gate of Vijayawada Highway. Come join the festivities to send-off 2017 and hope that 2018 will bring positive tidings for all of us.
Photo by Ankur P