Per Wiki Bhongir (shortened version of bhuvangiri) fort was built in the 10th century on an isolated monolithic rock by the Western Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI and was thus named after him as Tribhuvanagiri. The rock had a unique egg-shaped construction with two entry points protected by huge rocks, so the fort was considered practically impregnable by invading armies. The fort is associated with the rule of queen Rudramadevi and her grandson Prataparudra II.
Fort is about 90-minute drive from HiTech city. Niranjan from Cigniti and I decided to trek to the top of the fort, and make this weekend count for something. We started from HiTech city at 5AM, and reached the fort at 6:45AM, after stopping on the NH for quick byte of Idli and Chai. It took about 60 minutes to get to the top of the fort, and another 45 minutes to get down.
Getting to the top of the fort was pretty effortless to those who are reasonably fit. However, getting down can cause bit of stress on the knees. Part of the fort has steps which are etched on the rock itself, and part of the trek has supporting street structure to hold on to. Fort actually opens for visit at 10AM. But we took the chance and went at 6:30AM, as we wanted to get the trek done by 9AM, before the city gets lot warmer. Place is not as ‘sexy’ as you see in the pics (Disclaimer). Due to fresh morning breeze, experience of trek to the top was refreshing and exhilarating. We were the only two folks for the entire duration. Place is really rugged, rustic, and with zero maintenance.
We ended the trek with another breakfast at Vivera (newly opened restaurant on NH) and gulped Masala Dosa and a coffee. Here is where we met, my college buddy Venky Talla, who painstakingly built 12 acres GREEN ACRES farm which is just 15 minutes from the fort. We followed Venky to his farm, and attempted to fly our drone. Due to the incorrect settings on the camera, we could not really take cool snaps today. But had some fun walking around the farm, and getting teaser view of farm house with ‘bed and breakfast’ concept, which is under construction.
Other Trivia on Bhongir Fort from Telengana Tourism:
Many of India’s past heritage structure have lost their charm with changes in time but to this day they still represent magnificent pieces of architecture. The Bhongir fort in Nalgonda district of Telangana is one such structure. It is a massive impregnable structure erected by Chalukya ruler, Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI and the fort is named after him. Bhongir fort’s history is traced back to the 10th century. Initially it was called Tribhuvanagiri, renamed later as Bhuvanagiri and eventually it has become Bhongir Fort. The town of Bhuvanagiri/Bhongir derives its name from this splendid fort, which stands on a monolithic rock.
It is spread across an impressive area of 50 acres at a height of around 500 feet over the top an enormous rock formation. It resembles an unusual egg-shape structure along with two main entry points inturn covered with huge rocks. The fort that is encircled in a moat has underground chamber that is believed to be connect Golconda fort located 50 km away. The fort also witnessed a glorious period under queen Rudramadevi and her grandson Prataparudra’s rule.
After scaling the highest point, the Bhongir fort offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire region. Visitors can find an impressive collection of armory, stables, trap doors and other tools of historical interest. The fort also has a Hanuman temple and many ponds at the hilltop. Tourism department and adventure enthusiasts offer special trekking tours to ascend the fort. Bhongir fort is considered a popular tourist destination in Telangana and coupled with a thrilling climbing experience, can you ask for more? History exploration and adventure combined into one, Bhuvanagiri is connected well by roads and train. It is located at a distance of 48 km from state capital, Hyderabad.