Shooting Bhongir fort had been on my things to do list for quite some time which finally happened as we passed the huge elephant-like structure enroute to Warangal. I took a few shots but decided to come back later and take some photographs from the top.
So during one of the weekends, I took my photography students for an early morning shoot to the fort as it’s the best time to go there. We gathered at Uppal at 4:30am and then headed straight to Bhongir. Located at a distance of 50kms from Hyderabad, the early morning drive was amazing and it didn’t take much time for us to reach there.
The entry to the fort is situated a little beyond the bus stand. Although the Bhongir fort opens at 10 am, we were able to get inside through a small gate suggested by friends who had been here previously.
Our early arrival meant we were able to capture the rising sun at the right time. The sun had just started peeking out from the hills and we stopped for a moment to take the sunrise pictures. Once you enter the fort, the statue of Sardar Sarvai Papanna welcomes you. He was the monarch of the Goud community and a ruler of this fort and surrounding area.
The place was inhabited about 3000 years ago. Rock carvings depicting the universe (locally translates to Bhuvana) is believed to be the reason behind 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. It is also associated with the rule of queen Rudramadevi and her grandson Prataparudra II.
As we climbed up the stairs to the top, we were able to get better views of the Bhongir town below offering us myriad photographic opportunities.
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.
The fort is well maintained by the tourism department. However, we did find some litter on the way. 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 and doesn’t desecrate them this way.
How to reach
The best way to reach Bhongir is to drive there. The highway is excellent and it’s a pleasure to drive on. The fort can also be reached by APSRTC buses from Uppal and train.
Kolanupaka Jain temple and Yadagirigutta, temple of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy closeby.
Where to stay
Since it’s near Hyderabad. It’s apt for a day trip.
If you love adventure, you can also try your skills in rock-climbing and rappelling. The Rock Climbing School organises these activities.
- 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 cotton clothes and walking shoes to make it easy for the uphill walk.
Rs.10/- Camera: Rs.50/-
10 am to 5 pm. 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.