The sixth edition of the Hyderabad Rockathon, organised jointly by the Society to Save Rocks and the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club, sponsored by the Telangana Tourism, was yet again a hit with 500 enthusiastic rock lovers, nature enthusiasts and adventure buffs of the city. The event also saw increased participants from youngsters and kids alike.
This year’s venue, the rockscapes at Khajjaguda, near Gachibowli provided the perfect ambience for all the rocky escapades – rappelling, ziplining, bouldering, rock climbing, trail biking and the chilled out fun activities that included passing the rock, rock shotput, rock installations and the educative rock quiz.
The event was graced by B Venkatesam, IAS, Secretary, Telangana Tourism who was the chief guest. Venkatesam was appreciative of the efforts to create awareness and suggested that such events be not restricted to khajaguda but also be conducted in other very beautiful rockspaces that are unique to city of Hyderabad. The morning began with early risers setting off on rock walks to explore the typical Deccan terrain that the Society to Save Rocks has worked tirelessly to conserve for two decades. As was expected the rappelling and ziplining created its magic by attracting nervous first timers and seasoned climbers. The Snake show by Friends of
Snakes and the Magic show by hearing impaired Artist Ravi Chandra captured the attention of the sporty audience.
The Society actively spreads awareness of the 2500 million year old rocks and has managed to work with the Government to list 25 rock sites in and around the city as Heritage Precincts, one such protected site being Khajaguda home to an ancient temple, mosque and the historic Meher Baba cave.