Bhongir Fort – I

Bhongir Fort is about 70 kms from Hyderabad (from Gachibowli area). It’s pretty much a single structure that’s the remnant of what-was-a-fort, built atop a massive rock. While the fort itself is okay-ish, the climb up the rock to get to the fort is pretty nice.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say: Bhongir Fort was built on an isolated monolithic rock by the Western Chalukya ruler Tri-bhuvana-malla Vikram-aditya VI and was named after him as Tribhuvanagiri. This name gradually became Bhuvanagiri and subsequently Bhongir. It has a unique egg-shaped construction with two entry points protected by huge rocks, so the fort was considered practically impregnable by invading armies. The Bala Hisar or citadel on the top of the hill gives a bird’s eye view of the neighbouring area. According to legend, there once was an underground corridor connecting Bhongir Fort to Golconda Fort.

As you enter the gate

En route going up the rock

Halfway up


  1. Cheshire Cat · November 18, 2009

    That second photo looks dizzyingly defiant of gravity. The stair curve, and the cloud curves and the rock-faces are all coming together in this conspiracy against Newton’s downward arrow!
    The third is mellower. The rocks are quite a sight, although, I’m sure you didn’t have to go two score miles in search of those near Hyderabad…

    • Sonali · November 18, 2009

      I get you don’t quite like these ones 🙂 I agree Hyderabad is surrounded by rocks, but this particular one is quite a sight, it’s huge.

  2. Cheshire Cat · November 18, 2009

    No, no. I quite like the second one. It is really disconcerting in its abject lack of orientation. Nice effect to it.
    The first has that white thing in the middle, which is attracting all the attention.
    The third is, well, a rock. Not much to say here unless I was there and experienced its sheer in person. It has the same colours as that of an elephant which doesn’t believe in the benefits of bathing… 🙂

    • Sonali · November 18, 2009

      View full size and see if you get an idea of the dimensions of the rock….part of what constitutes a good photograph is being able to convey what the person felt when he/she took the shot , through the photograph itself….something that I need to improve upon a lot 🙂

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