City tours are planned on 02-11-2017 (Thursday) from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The cost of each tour (including lunch) may vary depending on the price of the entry tickets and distance. The participants are requested to register their names by sending an email indicating their choice of tour before 15th October 2017. There will be three different tour packages as follows:
Option 1: Golconda fort – Qutb Shahi tombs – Shilparamam – Rs. 700/-
Option 2: Golconda fort – Charminar – Nehru Zoo Park – Rs. 700/-
Option 3: Ramoji film city – Rs. 2,300/-
Traditional Indian cultural program may be on one of the days with dinner (its free).
Shilparamam is Hyderabad’s tribute to India’s natural beauty, richly diverse cultural heritage and vibrant ethos. It is a place where artisans from across India showcase their individual skills in a variety of arts, crafts and culture. From Indian pottery to a plethora of weaves, woodwork, jewellery, clothes and local crafts of each region of the country, Shilparamam is a kaleidoscope of India’s colour, diversity and talent.
Ramoji Film City
Escape to Ramoji Film City, a magical realm filled with excitement and wonderful surprises at every turn. As the world’s largest integrated film city and India’s only thematic holiday destination with magic of cinema, there’s something special for you here. Spread across a sprawling 2000 acres Ramoji Film City, set up by Ramoji Group in 1996, is a dreamy celluloid journey. Certified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest Film studio complex, at Ramoji Film City, a filmmaker can walk with a script and walk out with film. For the others, Ramoji Film City flung open a wonderland where 1.5 million tourists build memories every year.
Golconda Fort (The outer fort) occupies an area of 3 km2 which is 4.8 kilometers in length. It was originally known as Mankal, and built on a hilltop in the year 1143 AD. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later it was fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the Bahmani Sultans and then the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty. Golconda fort is undoubtedly one of most magnificent fortress complexes in India.
Nehru Zoo Park
Spread over an area of approximately 380 acres, the Nehru Zoo Park boasts of almost 1,500 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. Adding to the extensive varieties of wildlife, this zoo park is considered to be the first one where animals have been kept in zoological order. What makes Hyderabad zoo an amiable place for both visitors and inhabitants are the open enclosures in which animals are kept. These open enclosures have been created to resemble the natural habitats. A wide variety of exotic animals have been successfully bred in this zoo park as well. Adding to the overall experience are the extensive range of activities to do in Hyderabad Zoo Park. Various Safaris, such as lion safari, bear safari and bison safari, along with toy train makes the visit all the more exciting. Butterfly Park, Jurassic Park, aquariums, etc., also let you explore the wildlife in a fun yet educational manner.
Qutb Shahi tombs
The Qutb Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh (garden precinct), close to the famous Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad, India. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are two storied. In the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remain.
The Charminar (“Four Minarets”), constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque and has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India. Charminar is a historical place since 400 years and also famous for its surrounding markets. Bangles can be found at cheaper rate. Many local festivals are celebrated grandly in Charminar like Ramzaan and other festivals. It is listed as an archaeological and architectural treasure on the official “List of Monuments” prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India.