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A summer evening at NTR Gardens, Hyderabad

NTR Gardens in Hyderabad is centrally located, opposite to Hussain Sagar Lake. The Park is one of the top attractions of Hyderabad and is heavily crowded with visitors particularly in the evenings. The park is a recreational centre for both children and adults who love to hang out at this place.

The timings of the garden are 2.30 p.m to 8.30 p.m and on holidays the timings are 12.30 p.m to 8.30 p.m. The park is open on all days. It's extremely hot in summer in Hyderabad, so evenings are the best time to move out along with children. There is spacious car parking however it's a bit difficult to get parking lot.

There are different gates for gents and ladies to enter inside. At the entrance there are statues of golden bulls (Nandi) on either side and fountain at the centre. Right in front you can see the ticket counters and a cloak room where you need to deposit your heavy baggages that are not allowed inside the park.
We recently visited NTR gardens and spent the evening at this cool place. We took few clicks at the entrance and took tickets. Entry fee is Rs.20/- per head for adults and Rs.10/- per head for children. Free entry for children below 5 years. To be on safe side, keep / retain the tickets with you till you remain in the gardens. In case you lose the tickets while moving around, you may have to pay Rs.200/- as penalty.
At the entrance you can go down the steps to the toy train station. It is a circular train that takes you round the park and is quite enjoyable. You have to get tickets at the counter which costs Rs.25/- per head. There is no half ticket for children for circular train.

Walking to the left of entrance, you can go to the children's play zone where there are slides and swings and of course gift shop. Near the play zone, you can see some over enthusiastic children enjoying bungy jump with screams and shouts.

From the toy train station as you get inside the park, you can enter 'Kohinoor Park' where you can spend a cool time near the fountains.You can see the beautiful fountains with a beautiful view of Birla temple as the backdrop. This is one of the best places in the park where many visitors sit and enjoy the coolness here.
From here you can walk to the 'Machan tree. This is a huge banyan tree shaped structure with aerial roots and gives a real tree look. This place is heavily crowded with youngsters as you can have thrilling water ride slide from great height in inflated water boats. These water boats slides down inside the wide pipes from great height. As the boat comes out from the opening of the pipe, you can hear the exciting screams of the riders.
I didn't dare to go on a ride along with my 7 years old daugther but I just watched the excited riders having a thrilling experience. From here you can walk to the Wacky Zone where there are children's rides, car restaurant and haunted house.
It's too hot inside the children's play zone. There are few rides for children like the cups, aeroplanes, bikes etc all like merry-go-round. Each ride costs Rs.30/-. Just outside the zone, there is the restaurant where you can see visitors getting local Indian foods / snacks like pav bhaji, chat etc and some of them relishing the foods in the vintage car shaped seats.

From children's play area, if you walk further down, you can enjoy the boat ride. There are other attractions too like 3 D cinema and few more which remain closed during our visit. The garden closes by 8.30 p.m. As you walk out, you can get autos to your place but those autowalas will be charging a bit higher due to demand and night time.

On the whole, this is a good family hangout with family / friends in the heart of the city.

The images in this post are self-clicked. This was posted in my other blog named Sobhas Travel Blog which is now merged with this primary blog of mine. 

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