You don't have to commit petty crime to spend a night in a prison. Sangareddy Jail — a 222-year-old prison in Telangana has an interesting experience — Feel The Jail — where any of us can spend a night inside a cell by paying INR 500.
Did You Know You Could Spend A Night In A 200-Year-Old Jail In Telangana For INR 500?
What Makes It Awesome
The fact that it was built in 1796 during the Nizam era and has a proper heritage museum that one can explore makes it really awesome. When Sangareddy Jail opened its doors for this programme, a lot of history enthusiasts and curious individuals signed up for it. And we're not talking about Indians alone, as several international travelers check into the jail. The corridors of the prison are adorned with a handful of paintings that depict the crimes and punishments that were pervasive in India, Europe, and also the ones under the Indian Penal Code. Plus, there is a tiny store inside where you can purchase the products prepared by the prisoners.
When you finally choose to experience Feel The Jail, you'll be handed a prisoner's uniform, and for the next 24 hours, you're entirely cut off from the outside world. It isn't as bad as it sounds because we've heard that people understand the true value of freedom when they are inside. While you're there, you're served the same meals as that of prisoners like upma, roti, dal, rice, rasam, and more. Although you're not asked, you can indulge in some gardening and cleaning in the courtyard, and go back to your cell after dinner. The next morning you can check out but if you intend to quit the experience mid-way, you've got to pay INR 1,000 as a fine. But we're sure the ones who sign up for this, make the most of it. After all, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience (a cliche we don't regret using!).
There is no website for booking this, and if you're interested in experiencing this, all you've got to do is contact Sangareddy Jail a day in advance and sign up for it. Plus, if you're an international traveler, you can also book this experience as a part of your travel because the jail arranges pickup and drop from your hotel.