Ever wondered whether there is still an inner child hidden in your mind? I have always thought of this and wanted to feel that childhood rush of excitement, playfulness and of course, the buckets of energy that I used to have! It is this inner child that came out when my sister suggested a trip to the famous Ramoji Film City Hyderabad with her two little kids (my nieces) in tow. Marry Bollywood to fun and what you get is a true roller-coaster in terms of the overall experience.
Things To Know Before Visiting Ramoji Film City
A Ramoji film city tour can be booked in advance and even online. Ramoji Film City is the biggest film studio complex across the globe as mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records. It covers a whopping 2,000 acres and there’s simply no way you’ll be able to traverse it fully in a single day. There are several luxury hotels available for stays here as well.
The Ramoji film city timings are between 9 AM and 5.30 PM while the Ramoji film city price ranges from Rs. 950 for every child to Rs. 1150 for every adult. There is also the Ramoji Star Experience available as a package at Rs. 2,049 per child and Rs. 2,249 per adult (figures are subject to change) which comes with a souvenir chocolate box and buffet lunch too. We chose the individual tickets minus the package since we wanted to explore some of the gastronomic options on our own.
10 Things To Do at Ramoji Film City
1. Adventure and Playtime
My little nieces had a blast with adventure sports like bungee ejection, climbing through a loop and swinging with me keeping them company. There are several other playtime picks including football, cricket and more.
2. Tour of the Studio
We hopped onto the Studio Tour in the iconic Ramoji Film City tour bus. We visited the Japanese Garden, Askari Garden, Angel’s Fountain Garden, Mughal Garden, Sun Fountain Garden and Sanctuary Garden as part of this tour. I feel goose bumps seeing the actual studio and shooting locations for several popular films over the years.
3. Cinematic Experiences
The Movie Magic Park simply wowed us with the special effects like earthquake motions, free falling simulation, sound and acoustic effects, Action Studio, Filmi Duniya and lots more. This is a must visit for everyone visiting the film city.
4. Kids Park
This was another popular haunt we went to with several rides such as Borasura, Wonderville, Thrillville Rides, Ballerina Fount, Dadajinn’s Ark and many more. Needless to say, my little nieces had the time of their lives and even we couldn’t help ourselves!
5. Bird Park
Wings is the beautiful bird park in Ramoji Film City and being somewhat of a bird-watching enthusiast myself, I scrambled to catch some of the varieties here including the Swainson Lory and green napped Lorikeet. The whole ambience is just magical with the waterfalls and the melodious chirps.
6. Historical Experience
What’s all fun and games without a little learning right? So I decided to take my nieces to the Eureka zone which offers an amazing display of artefacts and stories right from ancient history including the Mughal Period and even more.
7. Catching a live show
We were lucky that we walked in on a live show which was named the Wild West Stunt Show and boy was it exciting! We were thrilled and also came to know that there are several dome theatre, street shows and other live performances that take place here.
8. Visiting the Eco Zone
Our senses were soothed by this lovely Eco Zone with its pristine gardens and rows of beautifully maintained plants. Trust me, I didn’t want to get up and leave from this place.
9. Feasting on lip-smacking grub
Foodies like me will find several fabulous restaurants here such as Superstar, Chanakya, Alampana and Gun-Smoke. I decided to try the food at Chanakya and boy was it wonderful! After all the exploring, I ate like I never had in my life!
10. Shopping your heart out
Post eating and with a full belly, it was time to digest all that food and burn off some calories at the same time. We decided to go shopping and the Meena Bazaar was the icing on the cake! There were several souvenirs which I picked up along with other knick knacks for my home at attractive prices.
What I later felt was that Ramoji Film City is a complete experience, a full outing for the family and with loved ones. From Bollywood and cinema history to souvenirs, memorabilia, amazing sets, gardens, natural and man-made attractions to delightful tours, shows, food and shopping. Basically everything that you can ask for and a whole lot more! I strongly recommend a visit if you’re looking to pamper your inner child anytime soon.
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