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Last weekend I was staying at the Hotel Sitara, Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad for a Microsoft event. You can travel around the theme park, which is a functional film studio – one of the largest in the world. I went for a 3-hour (half-a-day) tour, starting at 2:30 PM, for which we got tickets at a discounted price of Rs.650/-. The theme park is huge, you need to travel between the attractions only on their shuttle bus service, which keeps running throughout the day. I found the whole film city to be well maintained, with food courts in many places, and, clean restrooms located at convenient places (a rarity in India). If you happen to visit Hyderabad, spare a day and visit Ramoji Film city – kids will love the place.

The biggest attraction was Baahubali 1 & Baahubali 2 film sets kept for display to the public until next month (Dec 2017).

Read here the first post on my trip to Rameswaram.

A few weeks back I got to visit Rameswaram town after a decade or so. After the temple darshans and sight-seeing, on being invited by Kalam International Foundation, I visited “House of Kalam” – the residence of Dr Kalam‘s family. Visiting the house and the museum, an unmistakable feeling of proudness overwhelms you – seeing that a young boy from this (then) fishing village rose to great heights in defence engineering and to became the President of India. The museum called “Mission of life gallery” is on the first floor and is open for public for free. When we went, even though it was closed briefly for lunchtime, we could see dozens of tourist from all over India waiting outside – I am hard pressed to think of few other Indian leaders who have earned this kind of unconditional love from all Indians.