Parks and Gardens, Hyderabad
Ramoji film city is a kind of a massive park of various film sets...Its just awesome (but only when u go there for the first time)...If you are a bollywood fan u'll notice here the sets that u see in many movies...There isnt much to do but the sets are beautifull...and so are some of the parks...
Also they have a theatre in there...it is a train ride that shows different cultures and monuments from around the world...thers a restuarant inside (outside food is not allowed) the food is notthat great...They have a small shopping ...I donno watto call it bazaar, mall whatever...well they sell momentos there...
Out side the theatre there a few statues of some of the popular actors and movies...u can see them in the pics I have uploaded...
Iwould recommend this place to everyone ...at least once...
Gandhipet Lake is also known as Osman Sagar Lake. Mir Osman Ali Khan, the VIIth Nizam of Hyderabad city built a dam across river Musi when the violent floods destroyed the city in 1908. Mokshagundam Vishweswarayya did the planning for the construction of the Lake. It covers a catchment area of 46 square kilometers. The best time to visit the lake is right after the monsoons, from October to March.
The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad receive their water supply from this lake. The surroundings here are very pleasant and landscaped gardens with a swimming pool are among the recently added attractions. The Lake is always buzzing with activity be it summers or winters. The flow of tourists remains almost constant throughout the year. This should give an idea as to how popular the lake is among tourists.
For those who want to stay overnight at the Lake, the Andhra Pradesh Tourism provides a guesthouse called "Sagar Mahal" which used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile Nizam. It has about ten double rooms with proper arrangement of food.
As a picturesque holiday spot, Treasure island is an ideal getaway one can dream of. Situated at Gandipet, the island sprawls over 60 acre of landscape and offers a variety of leisure and fun oriented activities - horse riding, billiards, dancing at the disco, go-karting, swimming pool and so on.
At Treasure Island, you'll embark on a journey of discovery and enjoy week long vacations as none other, where a pleasant surprise awaits you at every corner. There's an elfin quality about the landscape - lush green trees, wide open spaces. And humble cottages that speak of the simple joys of holidaying. And allows you to rediscover the beauty of spending time gracefully.
It was printed "The Largest Film Studio Complex in the World", but i think it also deserve to be the lousiest film complex in the world. I won't doubt about the size of the complex, but i really think this is the biggest con joint i step in during my trip to South India.
I am quite impressed that Ramoji can produce good movies out of some old mockups of some famous landmarks wannabe. You can hardly find marble floor in the complex, but normal cement floor painted with white or pink paint. Of course, most of these marble had been faded beyond recognition since they had never been repainted after the first coat.
Ramoji Film City, a movie making complex about 1 hour away (by bus) from Hyderabad city. If you have visited Disney, and some world best theme parks (even Genting Highlands theme park in Malaysia), please do not waste your time (especially money) to visit here.
The Lonely Planet guide didn't highlight that bus number 205, 206 & 207 departing from Women's College are between 8:30-11:30am. You may need to check with the bus stop guide for alternate bus going to Ramoji if you missed the morning slots. Anyway, don't believe the local that Ramoji will require the whole day in order you to really explore the place. I personally find Ramoji Film City boring, lack creativity and should send few staffs to visit world famous parks and try to imitate some of their concepts/themes.
You will not derive even half the excitement as compare to Genting Highlands theme park. And the admission fee is definitely overpriced for foreigners.
There's a train that can take you for a ride and if you want to see some really wild animals there's also small safari.
The ZOO itself is really huge and there's plenty space for animals to be in their naturale environment.
If you look really carefuly, you'll find, by the tree on the right side of the photo, hairy head of orangutan:)
Sanjeevaiah Park see Sanjeevaiah Park's neighbourhood
Once popular Known as a lovers’ park (a place frequented mostly by couples), it has gradually grown into a major tourist spot and outing.
Now, huge families from all over the twin cities (and from outside too) come over to the place for a picnic. Located at the end of the Necklace Road, the park has a rose garden, a rock garden and a floral clock that can be a major source of inspiration for the tourists.
Located in the lower Tank Bund area, it is one of the oldest parks in the twin cities. After its recent renovation, the park looks drastically different and has got a vibrancy about it.
A child's paradise, the park has ample space for kids to run around and play. It also has swings, seesaws and other outdoor game facilities for children.
Couples have ample private space for themselves with not many people around. Boating facilities are also available.
A major attraction on the Tank Bund Road is the Lumbini Park. It has all the basic / essential requirements to lure the kids.
It has eat-out joints, boating facilities and enough space for the children to jump around. The musical fountain with two shows per day (7.15pm and 8pm), is an added advantage and entices more visitors and tourists.
The park remains closed on every Monday.
Located right next to the Assembly, this is one spot in the city that has almost everything needed to allure a kid. No wonder then that it is one of the most frequented spots for school picnics.
It houses two museums (the A P State Archaelogical Museum and the Health Museum), a park where kids can play, a mini school (Jawahar Bal Bhavan) for the children to learn fine arts and an auditorium (the Indira Gandhi Auditorium). The Jubilee Hall, the Lalitha Kala Thoranam (an open-air theatre that is a venue for many film festivals, fashion shows and beauty pageants), the building of the Department of Horticulture and a mosque are the other fascinating places in the premises.
One of the largest and the best zoos in Asia, the Nehru Zoological Park has nearly 1,500 species of animals, birds and reptiles. Situated in the Bahadurpura area on the way to the N.G. Ranga Agricultural University in Rajendranagar, the zoo is ahead of Afzalgunj, the Osmania General Hospital and the High Court of AP.
The popular ones among the different species are white peacocks, mynahs, chimpanzees and rhinoceros. The major attraction within the zoo, however, is the Lion Safari. A van barbed with wrought iron takes you through the gates of the safari - opening one gate at a time - into a completely different world of wild animals where lions, tigers, rhinos, wild oxen, panthers, etc. are left out freely into the wilderness of a simulated jungle.
Apart from the animals, a nocturnal zoo, the pre-historic dinosaur park, a natural history museum, parks, a mini-train and animal rides make the place ideal for a picnic. The nocturnal animals and the reptiles form a particularly interesting part of the whole.
A must visit for all provided you can walk around for 6-7 hours to cover the entire zoo which is on 300 acres of land.
The park is located at Vanasthalipuram, at a distance of 20 km from the city. The park was established in 1977.
The park is famous for the endangered Black Buck, the state animal of Andhra Pradesh.
The other species of animals commonly seen are Monitor Lizards, Mongooses, Porcupines and Hares besides a variety of Snakes.
The avian fauna of the park comprises over 100 species and includes Partridges, Quails, Peacocks, Doves and birds of prey like Kites, Vultures etc. A variety of migratory birds can also be seen round the year. Short-toed Eagle is another rare species nesting in this area.
This center offers audio-visual education on nature and wildlife and is supported by a good nature library. An exhibition hall displaying exhibits explaining intricate problems of wildlife conservation.
There are sheds for rest and observation towers for viewing the animals.
A van is provided to take the visitors inside the park to see the animals from close quarters.
From 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily except Mondays.
The safari rides are between 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Rates of admission into Vanasthali in departmental van or mini bus are Rs.5/- per adult and Rs.3.00 per child.
The best season to visit is Throughout the year
When we were in school the only picnic spot in Hyderabad was the Zoo, situated in the Bahadurpura area. The hyderabad zoo is the biggest zoological park in India with a Lion Safari Park, Natural History Museum and a children's train. It is located in Hyderabad city and is easily accessible. Various species of birds and animals can be seen here. It also has a nocturnal zoo that houses animals not normally seen during the day. Large recreational parks, gardens, a mini train and animal rides, make it an ideal picnic spot. The zoo has a large collection of animals, in environments similar to their natural habitat. It also houses the majestic white tiger.
Once when we had gone to the zoo from the school, I tried poking a leopard with my cricket bat and the animal gave a hard jab on my bat, which left a deep gash on my willow. It blew the daylights out of me!!!
With development came prosperity.City now boasts of a more than 20 big parks with lush green land scape.