We went to GVK One today. We’ve had our eyes on the place since it was being built and finished, and being the mall rats we are, we’ve been waiting for a chance to check it out.
The first part of the GVK One experience was getting into the parking lot. We went down a spiral ramp making more turns than you can shake a spring at, but finally ended up in a decently organised parking lot – each parking level is a different colour and every pillar has an identifying letter on it. This is also the first significant mall to charge for parking in Hyderabad – twenty bucks for the first hour and ten bucks for every hour after that.
Getting from the parking lot into the mall involves waiting for an elevator. Today was not very crowded, and we did not have to wait too long, but I shudder to think how long the wait will be once the crowds start rolling in. The elevator deposited at a level called Lower Ground – LG for short (duh!). From here on, there were escalators to the other floors. The mall is all dolled up – long coloured cloths tied strategeically within the atrium providing the dolling.
Most of the shops seem to be taken, but under construction. A few are open – Giordano, Bossini, Pepe, United Colors of Benetton, Shoppers Stop, Crossword, Planet Sport and Wildcraft are the ones I remember. Mango and CK are among the ones that are on the way. Food-wise, it is rather sparse – Subway and KFC being the only biggies. An American Corn stand and a Hot-dog stand complete the eatery line-up. There are signs to a Food Court, but we weren’t unable to find a trace of it. Maybe sometime in the future, we think. The Subway does not take any plastic – so make sure you have cold hard cash if you want to eat. The KFC’s ventilation may not be adequate for most veggies, and if you eat in, you are liable to come out smelling like finger-lickin’ good!
The star attraction, and perhaps the only real reason to go to GVK One right now, is a rather large, cylindrical marine aquarium that dominates the atrium. It is pretty well-stocked, and the livestock seemed pretty happy. They also have more than a fair number of invertebrates. It will be interesting to see how long they are able to keep it going.
As with most shopping malls in India, photography is not allowed, though the person manning the enquiry desk was nice enough to give us permission to tke pictures of the aquarium. I did not want to freak him out by pulling out my big camera, and I was getting hungry – so no pics.
I will go back – maybe after a month or two, when more shops actually open up, or if the Inox multiplex is playing a movie I want to see.