The entire location seems a little dry and in dire need of a little modification. There are a lot of informative boards to read from and it took a lot of effort to go through everything. The colonial structure by itself is extremely beautiful and the timeless Gandhi statue is worth a visit.
A very renowned tourist destination held by the city of Hyderabad is the Ramoji Film City. I was very keen to pay a visit to this place and hence grabbed my camera and went forward towards it. The Ramoji Film City is stretched over 1666 acres of land and is located at Anajpur Village in Hayathnagar Mandal of Hyderabad. It is accredited as the largest integrated film city in the whole world.
Apart from its significance for film makers from all over the country as well as abroad, the Ramoji Film City is open for public access. It is a very famous centre for recreation and tourism. It also incorporates an amusement park for visitors along with several natural as well as manmade attractions.
This site was established in the year 1996 by the famous Indian film producer, Ramoji Rao, who is also the head of the Ramoji group. This facility has been recorded as the world’s largest film studio complex by the Guinness Book of World Records. It has witnessed films produced in a variety of languages ranging from Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali as well as it is a popular film making institute for many international film industries.
This film studio complex hosts a series of events to attract tourists all the year round. For instance this summer it is organizing the Summer Carnival 2015, which would be an invigorating time for visitors. It also offers block buster packages which enables tourists to book themselves on a planned holiday trip which is a perfect blend of entertainment, rejuvenation and luxury. Another distinctive feature of the Ramoji Film City is the program called the Corporate Fragrance which ensures corporate endeavors to be an exciting and entertaining affair.
The other attractions of the film making destination are the Movie magic park, a bird park called the Wings, an Eco Zone, and the Kids Park. This place is so expansive that one day might fall short to enjoy all the segments of this city of dreams. I was quite exhausted till the end of the day but I surely relished each moment of my stay at the film city.
The end of the journey was progressing and I was delighted that the very motto of exploring the city at its best was fulfilled till yet. In spite of having everything in my travel lists till date i.e., the beautiful images of nature, the cultural activities of the inhabitants, the local food and multi cuisines, the makbaras and the tombs, historical facts and its evidences, yet my lust has never deteriorated, owing to my greedy nature for travelling and driven experiences.
With some high hopes or similar to that of the earlier achieved ones, I started off to land on my last but not the least visiting place, Shah Najaf Imambara Lucknow, an attractive monument of its time situated on the banks of River Gomti. The most striking fact about the Lucknow city is its easy conveyance facility and with no hassle I took a cab to reach the place.
Well-Maintained by the reputed concerned authority, the monument is one of the must-visit place of tourist attractions. An adorable white domed structure, the monument is a splendid construction of Nawab Gazi-Ud-Din-Haider, serving as his mausoleum. It comprises of the tomb of the Nawab, done in silver and that of his wife, a more imposing creature, done in both gold and silver. The sprawling beautiful garden flanks the entrance of the tomb.
Surrounded by a boundary wall as the safety measures, the interiors are simply awesome, finely decorated with photos and historical items with embedded engravings. The exteriors are plastered with contemporary material and lime, and the whole monument is encircled with stylish walkways captivating my eyes. The large onion shaped dome with a slender neck like drum at its base is quite featuring, making it unique unlike the other domes.
Shah Najaf Imambara Lucknow, as told by the guides gives a spectacular view on the birthday of Hajrat Ali, being illuminated and profusely decorated with colored lights. I took an exit as it was the time to bid goodbye to the lovely city with Nawabi culture and its belongings. Its amorous ethos and mystical elegance had extendedly caught my fascination, served with legendry hospitality. The tales and the experiences of my travel were unresisting to be disclosed to my loved ones and I geared back to my hotel for the check out purpose.
From the National Gallery of Modern Art, we decided to visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, which is located at close distance to the gallery. We followed the map we had and crossed the road; moving north, we found the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya on the right side.
This is one of Mumbai’s most valued, British Raj era structures. The building is astonishing with its beautiful architecture. It is constructed in the Indi-Saracenic style and the structural design of the museum is a merger of 15th to 16th century Gujarati and Islamic design, which is accentuated with the English brickwork. The architecture is further ornamented with a notable Mughal white dome, which gives a splendid appearance to the building. The museum is encircled by beautiful and lush-green gardens.
The building is designed as a museum, and its construction started in the year 1905 with the placement of the first stone of the building by the then Prince of Wales and hence, the museum is also called the Prince of Wales Museum.The entry to museum is chargeable at Rs.25 for natives. We entered the museum and observed that it is divided into three parts for Natural History section, Archaeology section and Art section.The museum was recently renovated to introduce a new but captivating miniature-painting gallery and a gallery comprising of contemporary art. We were amazed by the vast collections exhibited in the museum. There were impressive collectibles of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, terracotta collectibles of the Indus Valley and some unique vicious-looking weaponry.
There was a range of art and artifacts from India, Tibet, Nepal and many other eastern countries, which are carefully preserved in the museum. We also found the decorative artworks made from wood, metal, jade and ivory displayed beautifully in the museum. Also, among the exhibits, was the miscellany from the ‘Maurya’ and ‘Gupta’ periods, which were brilliantly displayed in the museum.
We were fascinated to see the ‘Natural History’ section where there was a collection of reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds, and fishes. There was an outdoor cafeteria where we spent a lot of time cherishing the precious artifacts that we witnessed at the end of the visit.
This was our third day in Mumbai city and we were enjoying our vacation to the fullest. The culture, language and cuisines, all was very different but fascinating. Mumbai is also a hub of temples and one such famous temple is the Mahalaxshmi temple.
Though it is located at a considerable distance from our place of stay, we decided to visit the place by leaving early from the hotel. On the third day of our vacation, we had our breakfast early and kept some snacks with us, and headed towards the destination in the pre-booked taxi.We reached the temple at the expected time. It was early in the morning and still many people were there offering prayers. The environment was filled with serenity and fragrance of flowers and incandescent sticks.
We entered the temple and realized that three deities are worshipped inside the Mahalaxmi temple – Kali, Saraswati and Lakshmi. The temple authorities have embellished the idols of these goddesses with gold ornaments, pearl necklaces and precious nose rings.However, the temple is named after the Goddess Lakshmi, whose main idol is installed on the far side of an ornamented gate. Goddess Lakshmi is seen sitting on a tiger, unlike the other places where goddess is seated on a lotus flower.
The temple is considered sacred and is always visited by locals and tourists to offer their prayers to the goddesses. In the temple premises and outside are present numerous stalls that sell the things that are needed for offering prayers to the Devis. These prove to be immense help to the tourists who don’t know about the rituals or don’t have prior plans to offer ‘pooja’. All the things like garlands, flowers, incandescent sticks are available at these shops.
We also bought the necessary things required and offered pooja to the Goddess Mahalaxmi.We were told that during the festival of Navratries, the temple gets packed up with devotees who wait in long queues to offer their prayers. India is undoubtedly a place full of faith and devotion. Every part of our country has place for worship and devotion. That is the power that keeps us moving.
After having our breakfast, we headed for our first destination in Mumbai that was the national gallery of modern art. We decided to travel through the local train as that was the easiest way to dodge the heavy traffics of Mumbai. We reached the gallery that was located in Colaba in southern Mumbai, and were excited to see some amazing art works that were exhibited in the gallery.
The National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai came into being in the year 1996 and was established with the intention to encourage modern trends in Indian art and culture. It remains open for public for a limited time period from 10 am to 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. The organization is recognized to have famous works of the artists from India as well as from various parts of the world. The organization has its branches spread over to Bangalore and Delhi.
We entered the gallery to view such renowned art pieces. There was a ticket of Rs.10 each for Indian visitors. After taking the tickets, we entered the gallery and were mesmerized by the artwork exhibited inside. No doubt, this gallery is amongst the prominent art galleries in India. We were witnessing some of the best art pieces of numerous artists. The gallery possesses works of more than 14,000 renowned artists like Thomas Daniell, Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Gaganendranath Tagore, M.F. Hussain, and many more. There were also displayed work of Picasso and may Egyptian artifacts like mummies, statues etc. It was the first time we were witnessing mummies, and we were amazed by the technique that was used in those ancient times. Some artwork was even dated back to 1857.
The gallery was a concrete venue initially and it was in the year 1954 that it got converted into a gallery and today, it is managed by the Department of Culture, Government of India.We came to know that the gallery conducts exhibition on a regular basis and displays best artwork of the world. Moreover, it also performs cultural exchange programs between different countries to provide a platform for talented artists all over the world. This gallery is undoubtedly one of its kinds in the country.
It was lunch time by the time I made my way out from the Indian Museum to go to the Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata. I was tempted to have lunch in the upscale restaurant very close by, Zaaranj but instead, an equally appealing hotel close by called Lytton caught my attention and I settled for the Chinese fare there. Owing to the fast service, I was done in time to move to my next sightseeing for the day. It was a straight ride to the Academy. Situated very strategically near the Birla Planetarium and St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Academy is a highlight for artists and their exhibits.
I learnt that the Academy of Fine Arts had been in the Indian Museum earlier in a little room with adjoining area for the exhibits but the efforts of Lady Ranu Mukherjee had been instrumental in getting it shifted in this present attractive place. The institution had been catering to the tastes of artists and lovers of art since 1933 but the inauguration of the new facility had been in 1950s which had contributions from the then Chief Minister of Bengal- B.C.Roy and also from the Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The place boasts of galleries where paintings and works of imminent artists can be found hung and also the theatre auditorium where performers find expression through their work. The annual theatre festival here is a major draw for painters and artists from across the country and the world who are invited here to share their brilliant work or for the exhibits of the lesser known artists.
The Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata has been playing a very important role in sustaining the growth of the creative minds in the city and in the state of West Bengal. It is because of places and institutions like these that Bengal is able to retain its old charm and literary spirit. It was close to evening now, the street lights had come on, I had had the most wonderful time looking at the paintings on display and I made my way back to the hotel. The next day it would have to be the day tour to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Kolkata.