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Fun, food and frolic

In Pragati Maidan you can get hypnotised by the aroma of many lip-smacking and mouth watering dishes without burning a hole in your pockets.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 12:37 IST

For all those who know Pragati Maidan only as a November destination, its time to renew your notions.

The land stretching for nearly 160 acres is more than just the huge crowd that throngs every year to witness the biggest trade fair of the region.

Undoubtedly, this massive complex becomes one of the best places to explore with the India International Trade Fair (IITF). One can experience a wide range of products from home appliances to garments, shoes, books, handicrafts and even hospital and medical equipment.

The concourse has permanent pavilions of all states of the country. But more than just an exhibition place, the building is a huge compound with contemporary design surrounded by greenery for those who seek a serene private corner.

There are lush green lawns to lie bask in the winter sun with either a book in hand or simply cracking groundnuts. The place also houses a movie hall ‘Shakuntalam,’ a movie hall.

Other operational theatres are Shringaar, Lal Chowk, Falaknuma- famous for its Quwaali shows and Hans Dhvani — an open air theatre which is a mecca for lovers of live shows and star nights. The place also has some of the most popular banquet halls.

If this isn’t simply enough for a scintillating experience, head to any of the permanent exhibitions such as Nehru Pavilion, Indira Pavilion or the Defense Pavilion, which bring out a beautiful presentation of diversified India. The Food Plaza within the vicinity is a no-miss.

You can get hypnotised by the aroma of many lip-smacking and mouth watering dishes from Hyderabadi Biryani to Amritsari Paranthas without burning a hole in your pockets.

There are 12 gates for entry and exit with each door promising a gateway to diverse world of experience. If gate no 4 is famous for Appu Ghar, Gate No 2 is known for edutainment in the form of Science Musuem.

Don’t forget to visit Graam Jhanki, a crafts museum that will bowl you over with its amazing traditional collection. You’ll love the experience.