Hyderabad: While there are a good deal of popular hiking and rock climbing spots around the city, there remains a few, unexplored, uncrowded ones where you can find some seclusion.
Khilla Ghanpur, one of the most historical places and lesser-known spots near Mahabubnagar, is worth exploring if you are looking for a quick getaway from Hyderabad and looking to spend quality time in the midst of nature and solitude.
It is the best place to escape if you’re an adventure-seeker and want to try out some scrambling and caving. During the monsoons, the entire route offers stunning views of the lush green panoramas.
Located at a distance of 113 km from Hyderabad in Wanaparthy district, a two-and-a-half hours drive will lead you here. The fort was built in the early 13th century on a rocky hill during the Kakatiya reign. It is still standing tall after witnessing many wars between Qutub Shahis, Bijapur, and Vijayanagar kings and has been so well-preserved that they give us an amazing sneak peek into the history. A true history buff can easily spend hours here praising the intricacies and the ruins.
The cannons that were used for wars still exist and have been kept on the topmost side of the fort. We can also spot a palace and ruins of houses of ministers. Local people believe that there are two secret tunnels inside of the fort – one allegedly connected with the village at the bottom of the mountain and the other one to the Panagal fort.
The fort has interesting rock formations, unexplored caves, and lakes which were said to be used as a drinking water supply for the fort army. The hike to the top may take you two hours. Though it is a tiring climb, you will be rewarded with a beautiful view from the top. The sight of Ghanpur Lake from the peak is picturesque.
If you’re a sucker for sunsets and feel that there is just something about the way the sky lights up during those last few moments of the day, get ready to capture some of the spectacular horizons and landscapes of surrounding villages and farmlands under the sunset charm.
Make sure you wear trekking pants or joggers to prevent scratches, cuts, and bruises on your legs. Wear sturdy shoes since rocks can be slippery. Take a basic first-aid kit with you. Carry enough water bottles and snacks. The hike is not ideal for kids. Also, it is advisable to go here with a group. Avoid visiting the place when the climate is hot.
Undoubtedly, drizzly weather will increase the beauty of the hike.
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