Sunday, 8 October 2017

Bhongir Fort

My first glimpse of the Bhongir Fort was way back in 2012-13 on my way to Warangal. The enormous egg- shaped rock formation that could be seen from the highway had made me promise myself that I would visit the place some day.

The entrance of the fort...



























When we (my hubby and I) finally etched out the plan this monsoon, no one was more excited than my daughter. She was ready with her perfect khaki pants, pair of shoes, her own backpack containing all refreshments and energy drinks  and an umbrella (yes, an umbrella as it was one of those monsoon days)!



























Half-way through the climb...


























Bhongir is situated in Nalgonda dist., of Telangana state, around 40-45 kms from Hyderabad. Named after the Western Chalukyan king Vikramaditya-VI also known as Thribhuvanamalla, the fort is built on a monolithic rock. Its' named gradually changed into Tribuvanagiri, Bhuvangiri and is presently called Bhongir. Built across an impressive 50 acre area at a height of 500 feet over the hill, the trek to the fort gives a breathtaking view of the surrounding paddy fields, villages and also a serpentine railway track in between the fields. The moat that encircles the fort is believed to have a secret underground chamber that connects to Golconda fort situated in the city of Hyderabad.




























Paddy fields...


























The monolithic rock one needs to climb to reach the fort on top...




















































After embarking on the way through the little steps cut out on the rocky hills, we were thrown open to a vast area that overlooked the fort built on the egg- shaped rock formation. We took our lunch break in that sprawling open space with fresh breeze pushing us across from all directions. The climb to the top of the fort 'will drain out all the energy' (as narrated by father-daughter duo who managed to reach the top; I had decided to stay back as I was feeling sick) as there are no steps at some points on the rock. The traces of this was very clearly evident on my daughter's face who looked completely dehydrated:(

The fort on top...





















































































































Though we had also planned on travelling further and visiting the Jain temple at Kolanupaka, no one was in a condition to take upon that distance after completing this tiring trek.

Temples and Step wells of Lakkundi

The numerous drives that we had undertaken between Hubli and Hyderabad in the last 10 years, never had we noticed this tiny village- Lakkun...