Its half past 11 in the night yet and there is plenty of activity at Night Bazaar in Shilparamam, Madhapur. People continue to drop in to shop, eat and have good time with their family and friends.
The aesthetically-designed bazaar features food courts, stalls offering handlooms and handicrafts, recreation facilities, etc. and was launched on March 23 this year. Ever since, it is slowly but surely turning out to be a recreation and shopping destination of choice for city-dwellers.
It is open from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. everyday and Shilparamam Arts, Craft and Cultural Society authorities claim that nearly 800 people were visiting the place during weekdays with the number doubling to 1,600 on the weekends.
There are close to 90 stalls and nearly 65 stalls are under operation with the rest expected to commence operations soon. The theme of the bazaar illustrates four formats – Azma zone resembling the stone age and tribal art stone carving, Sultanate zone offering rich and diverse cultures of Hyderabad, Vedic zone showcasing ancient Vedic culture and the Adhunic zone providing the modern shopping experience.
Each stall offers different articles, garments and other materials.
Right from electronics, Kondapally toys, Etikoppaka handicrafts, Lucknow Chikan, Pochampally garment stores to pearls and Kashmiri jewellery stores, the place has a wide range on offer.
The icing on the cake this season is that authorities had installed a giant screen in the open air auditorium to telecast live IPL cricket matches. “It’s a good place to hang out. Ambience is good and there is lot of open space for children to run around,” says Narsimha Rao, a visitor.
Given the response, there are many plans including play stations, rock climbing events, toy rides, etc. for more entertainment.
AP Tourism Development Corporation is presently operating a bus and requests were made to RTC to operate a few more buses from different areas of the twin cities for the convenience of visitors, says G.N. Rao, Special Offer of Shilparamam Arts, Craft and Cultural Society.