Hyderabad, a city in India dominated by historic sites and monuments, offers one of the most entertaining cine magic and fun-filled experience at Ramoji Film City. Spreading across a whopping area of almost 2000 acres of land, Ramoji Film City has earned a name in the Guinness Book of World Records as hosting the Largest Complex amongst all the World’s Film Studios. It is one of the prominent tourist destinations of Hyderabad, attracting millions of tourists every year from different parts of India and abroad.
The History behind Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City was set up in the year 1991 to accommodate about 20 film units in one huge location. Ramoji Rao, the renowned film producer, was instrumental in creating the majestic film city to fulfill his dream of designing a studio similar to Hollywood. The complex was designed by Nitish Roy, a famous art director of Indian cinema. It is believed that the land with hillocks and forests were not disturbed during the construction of the film city. The natural beauty was leveraged to create the phenomenal film sets, the different theme parks, and the various amusement rides.
A Tour Inside the Film City
Ramoji Film City has been magnificently constructed with about 47 sound stages and exotic film sets starting from railway stations, gardens, parks, palaces, replicas of monuments and buildings, streets of London, airports, hospitals and many more. A replica of the popular red coloured London Bus will greet you and pick you up, offering you an entertaining ride inside the film city. The bus will leave you in the heart of the city for you to walk down the streets of the spectacular town.
You will be mesmerized by the wonderful replica of the Texas countryside of the US. As you stroll across the different film sets, you can witness the majestic Eiffel Tower of Paris. Adjacent to the tower is the Pagoda style of Japanese roofed buildings. The key attraction of the film city is the palaces and musical performance from the state of Rajasthan. The prominent among them is the replica of the Amer Palace and Kalbelia dance. You will be transformed into a world of entertainment fun with the rhythmic musical beats and the scintillating dance performances.
Much to the delight of the children, you can board the mini-train for a ride across the Filmy town. You will be transported across the splendid snow-capped mountains, the deserts, mysterious tunnels, and beautiful gardens. After the completion of the trip, you can sit and relax inside the huge lawn to enjoy the greenery around.
What are the Things to do at The Film City?
Ramoji Film City offers ample opportunities for its tourists to enjoy and engage throughout the day. The key things to do at Ramoji Film City are enlisted below:
- A Tour of the entire Studio accompanied by observing the replica of the wonderful gardens namely Sun Fountain Garden, Sanctuary Garden, Japanese Garden, Askari Garden, Mughal Gardens and many others.
- The Movie Magic Park showcasing the action stunts of movies like free falls, the experience of earthquakes, and other effects of thrill and excitement
- Live shows performed by professional artists like dance, music, different action stunts and dramas
- Visit “Wings”, the birds park that is a paradise of bird lovers housing different rare species of birds
- Eureka, the historical site of the Ramoji Film city, where you can traverse back to the ancient India dynasties of Mughals and Mauryans. The place also hosts many Indian and International artifacts or art and culture.
- Enjoy the different adventure sports offered in film city like basketball, football, bungee jumping, cricket, etc.
- Entertain your kids at the Kid’s Park consisting of some fun-filled and exciting rides
The Different Package Tours offered at the Film City
There are about five package tours offered by the Film City which you can avail as per your choices and preferences. The park is open from 9:00 AM till 5:30 PM every day. For more details on the package please visit the official website of The Film City.
Best time to visit the Film City
The best time to visit the Ramoji Film City is during the winters between the months of October and February. The weather is comfortable and pleasant allowing a relaxing walk across the town. The summers are very hot in Hyderabad and hence must be avoided.
How to reach the Film City?
If you want to travel by air, the nearest airport is the Hyderabad International Airport from where you can avail of a bus or hire a cab to reach the filmy city. If you are boarding a train from a different city in India, the nearest railway station is at Secunderabad. The station is about 22 km away from the film city, accessed through buses and cabs. If you are staying within the city of Hyderabad, then you can avail of the local transport or hire a cab to reach the film city.
So friends, next time when you plan to visit Hyderabad do not forget to add Ramoji Film City in your bucket list. You will be gifted with a fabulous experience through the sets of Hollywood, Bollywood, and Tollywood.
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