Nampally Exibhtion or Numaish is an annual consumer exhibition held in Hyderabad, 8f Which starts every year on January 1st. Ends on 15th February. The exhibition has remained the only event of its kind in the world to be organised at a stretch for a 46-day period at its 23-acre permanent venue in Nampally. It features fashion jewellery, clothes, Handicrafts, Leather Goods, Hand Woven Textiles, Cosmetics, joy rides, eateries and other entertainment options for the visitors.
It was started in 1938 by a group of graduates of Osmania University to showcase local products. It was the reign of the Last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan. From a mere 100 stalls in 1938 started at the Public Gardens, Later the venue has shifted to the Exhibition Grounds, near Nampally Railway Station. The original name was changed to All India Industrial Exhibition, and was renamed to its original name, the Numaish in 2009
The exhibition features dry fruits and handicrafts of Jammu and Kashmir, handmade garments from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, handicraft items from all over India and electronic goods of the best brands in the country. There are special stalls organized by different ladies groups, convicts and much more. The exhibition also featured carpets of Iran and some stalls from Pakistan till 2011. But due to diplomatic reasons they will not be available from 2012. The Hyderabadi haleem is sold by Hyderabadi restaurant Pista House at the exhibition.
There are three entry points: Gate No. 1 (Gandhi Bhavan Gate), Gate No. 2 (Ajanta Gate), Gate No.3 (Goshamahal Gate). The Ajanta Gate is the main entrance and the biggest.
Rs.30 is charged per head as entrance fee. timings are 3:00 pm to 10:30 pm, 25 – 30 lakhs of people visit every year. It starts on January 1st and ends on 15th February.
Several cultural programs are conducted in the Exhibition Club during the 46-day period that include classical and popular musical concerts, magic shows, mushaira (poetry) etc. In recent times Bollywood and Tollywood artists have also performed during the Numaish.
During holidays and weekends the crowd will be more, so, plan your visit too, if you miss this time, try next year.