Bhongir Fort- A Historical Place

During our trip to Warangal, we quickly passed by this huge elephant-like structure in the middle of the field. It was the Bhongir or Bhuvangiri fort. I did take a few shots determined to come back later and be at the top. This time I came back with my photography students. Early mornings being the best time, we started really early. We gathered at Uppal at 430am and then headed straight to Bhongir.

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Bhongir is about 50kms from Hyderabad. The highway is awesome and it did not take much time for us to reach there. A little beyond the bus stand is the entrance to the fort. I knew the timings of the fort is from 10am, but heard of friends who had been there early morning. Fortunately, the small gate was open and we were able to get in.

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As you enter, the statue of Sardar Sarvai Panappa welcomes you. He was the monarch of the Goud community and a ruler of this fort and around.

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We were there at the right time. The sun had just started peeing out from the hills. We stopped for a moment to take the sunrise pictures.

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We started our climb. There are steps for most of the stretch which take you to the top.

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Geological significance:
Bhongir also happens to be one of the largest exposed portions of a batholith in the world, which has rich geological significance. Batholiths are large body of igneous rock formed beneath the Earth’s surface by the intrusion, cooling and solidification of magma. These formations are more than 2.5 billions years old.

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History:
The place was inhabited by civilization about 3000 years back. Rock carvings depicting theuniverse (locally translates to Bhuvana) is believed to be the actual reason of the nomenclature of the place. The fort was built in the 10th century on an isolated monolithic rock by the Western Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI. The fort is associated with the rule of queen Rudramadevi and her grandson Prataparudra II.

There were myriad photographic opportunities. As we climbed up the stairs, we were able to get better views of the Bhongir town below. There were hardly anyone except us. As we walked through the big gateway, we saw how the rays of light enlightened the tender leaves of the small plant.

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The fort is quite nice maintained by the tourism department. However, we did find some litter on the way. We can’t blame the government for everything, we should change and help keep the place clean. Soon, after a steep climb, we reached the top. It was unfortunate to see how people have dug into the walls to engrave their names proclaiming their love stories. I wish the younger generation keep these heritage sites pristine.

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This place was made popular by Poorna Malavath, the youngest girl to scale Mount Everest. This is where she was noticed to have inborn mountaineering skills during her rock-climbing training. Apart from several other movies, the movie Poorna was shot here.

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How to Go: The best way is to drive there, the highway is excellent. Can also be reached by APSRTC buses from Uppal and railway. Bhongir has a railway station.

Nearby places: Kolanupaka Jain temple and Yadagirigutta, temple of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy are quite close.
Where to stay: Since it’s very near from Hyderabad, can be done in a day’s trip.

What to wear: Comfortable cottons and sports shoes. Heels are a no-no.
Activities: If you love adventure, you can also try your skills in rock-climbing and rappelling. The
Rock Climbing School organises these activities.

Tips
Start early, it can get really hot later.
Carry water and snacks, you will surely feel hungry and thirsty when you are at the top.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to make it easy for the uphill walk.
It had already started getting hot as we were coming down. So, starting early is a must if you really want to enjoy your visit.
Tickets: Rs.10/- Camera:Rs.50/-
Opening time: 10am to 5pm. However, the small gate is open all the time, so if you want to catch up sunrise from the fort, you can go and pay the entrance fee when you are back.

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Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.

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