Tripping around Dichpally

Known for its famous Ramalayam temple, the small town is perfect as an offbeat getaway.

By Author   |   Saurabh Chatterjee   |   Published: 26th Mar 2017   12:05 am Updated: 28th Mar 2017   2:01 am
Dichpally
Landscaped Vista: An overview of the town from the top. Photo: Saurabh Chatterjee

A long weekend cemented our decision to spend the next three days exploring villages of Telangana. So we got our bikes out on an early morning and headed towards the highway. Our first stop was Medak, followed by Pocharam with the visit to Dichpally planned at the end of the trip. The idea was to spend the day exploring the temple and the surrounding areas of Dichpally. The Medak church was a feast for the eyes and we spent some time gazing at the wonderful stained glass work.

After breakfast at an eatery near the church, we headed to Pocharam. The place is teeming with winged visitors during the winter, especially birds from Siberia. If you are lucky, you can see painted storks, herons, coots, cormorants, black and white Ibises. Following Pocharam, we headed straight to Dichpally. The road was great so the distance of 110kms was covered in a little more than two hours.

Dichpally is a small town with traditional houses and is famous for the Ramalayam. We spend some time walking through the lanes; I particularly liked the beautifully carved and painted doors.

One of the house owners asked me why I was taking pictures and I told him how I had been travelling across India, trying to capture its beauty. He was kind enough to offer a cup of tea. After a flight of 105 steps; we reached Ramalayam.

It was a really small one compared to other temples but definitely a beautiful one. The breeze at the top of the hill was soothing and took our tiredness away.

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Historical Significance 

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Built in the 14th century by the Kakatiya Dynasty, the Dichpally Ramalayam is one of the oldest temples in Nizamabad and is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is also known as Indhoor Khajuraho (Khajuraho of Nizamabad) owing to beautiful carvings from the Hindu religious texts such as goddesses, devils and erotic figures similar to those at Khajuraho. It is completely built of black and white basalt stone.

Strangely, the temple remained incomplete for quite a long time as there was no idol inside the Garbha Griha. So no worship was done here. In 1949, a villager Gajawada Chinnaiah Gupta gifted idols of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana to the temple.

Since the temple is built inside the walls of a fort, it is also called Khilla Ramalayam and attracts a lot of devotees especially during Ramnavami, the birthday of Lord Rama.

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How To Reach

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Located at a distance of 27 Kms from Nizamabad and 170 kms from Hyderabad on the National Highway 7, Dichpally can be covered in a day from the city. Accommodation of all types is available at Nizamabad.

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Travel Tips

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Spend some time gazing at the town from the top. Perks being it’s breezy and has a great view. Do explore the village; it’s quite an interesting experience walking in the lanes.

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Places Nearby

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Situated at a distance of 67kms, Nirmal is famous for wooden toys and paintings. Other attractions include some waterfalls, forts and temples around the town.

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