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Bhongir Fort - A quick day outing from Hyderabad

Traveling just around 50 kilometers away from the hustle bustle of Hyderabad, India and with just Rs. 5 entrance ticket, what one gets is a wonderful vista of the biggest monolithic rock one would have ever seen. Bhongir fort, often called as Bhuvanagiri, is located in a small town located in the Nalgonda district on Warangal-Hyderabad highway, in Telangana state of India. While the roads leading to Bhongir fort provide a much needed respite for Hyderabad city dwellers, the rock as such makes for wonderful climb and gives great views of the surrounding areas. It is a great destination for day outing from Hyderabad and here we provide our experience of visiting Bhongir fort.

Bhongir Fort - A good day outing spot from Hyderabad in Telengana, India

We planned to visit Bhongir fort on one fine weekend in June. The clouds had taken over and we were desperate to get out after staying indoors most of the harsh summer. Without any second thoughts, our hearts called out for a bike trip and short distance to Bhongir made it the ideal place to go. We started off early from Hyderabad around 6:30 AM on 3 bikes to avoid the traffic. But as one might know Hyderabad these days rarely lets you escape the traffic, we too took much more time to get out of the city than expected. Traveling around some 20 kms away to reach outskirts of the city, we stopped for breakfast on the Warangal-Hyderabad highway. The roads from here were in pretty good condition and with amazing cloudy weather it did not take much time to reach Bhuvangiri town.

Entrance gate of Bhongir fort
Steps leading to Bhongir Fort on the top of the monolithic rock with statue of Sardar Sarvai Panappa on right

Bhongir fort is in the middle of the town and the massive rock on which it stands can be spotted right from the highway. We quickly parked our vehicles, bought the entrance tickets and got ready for the trek. A big gate protects the main entrance which is supposed to open at 10 AM. Right at the bottom of the Hill, a statue of Sardar Sarvai Panappa, the monarch of Goud community, caught our attention. He was once a ruler of this fort and the surrounding regions. As we ascended further, we saw many fearless goats grazing at the very steep end of the rocks. There weren’t many visitors which made the surroundings more beautiful and peaceful. Even the clouds were caring enough blocking the direct Sun and adding charm to an already lovely weather.

Goats coming down the steep rock fearlessly at Bhongir fort
The wall guarding the monolithic rock of Bhongir is still well maintained
Steps leading to monolithic rock and Bhongir fort on top
A distant industry producing smoke seen from steps on the way to Bhongir fort

The initial climb to the top wasn’t a herculean task and we enjoyed taking halts and clicking photographs. The fort appeared low from distance but as we went closer, it rapidly raised up into the sky. The hill is more than 500 feet high and is spread about 40 acres. We got amazing view of the town below on ascending a bit further and we kept on pausing every now and then to have a sight of the now tiny town and the vast fields below. We often came across dilapidated historical structures with plants growing on it.

Plants somehow manage to grow on almost anything, even rocky structures of Bhongir fort
View of the bhongir town. The bus stand below is seen clearly here
Stone structures and almost nobody to bother you gives you enough time to click some good photographs
The area surrounding the monolithic rock of Bhongir is mainly plains with couple of odd hills around making for a great view

After passing through the rocky steps, we came across a lawn spread across an expansive area. The view from one end of the lawn was spectacular. We were able to see the Hyderabad-Warangal highway cutting through the vast landscape of fields. We also saw a train passing the railway line on the other end. We got busy photographing and lying down for some rest here. Little did we know we had only come half the way! The magnificent fort of Bhongir was visible from here and so were some canons lying around neglected.

Halfway through the climb, a plain stretch with ruined walls of Bhongir fort
Halfway through the climb, a plain stretch with ruined walls of Bhongir fort
If the weather is good, views from even halfway up the climb on Bhongir are extremely good
If the weather is good, views from even halfway up the climb on Bhongir are extremely good
A Cannon shot by a Canon (Camera)
A Cannon shot by a Canon (Camera)

The remaining climb involved small bumpy steps with a railing to hold on to. At few places the steps were non-existent and we literally had to walk on the sharp slopes of the slanting rock by holding the railing. After a