Sunday, September 14, 2008

Trip to Bhongir from Hyderabad

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This weekend, we five people from office decided to go to Bhongir fort as a day long trip. The itinerary went like this.

Started from home near Kothaguda Junction at 9 AM after having snacks of idly & corn flakes in Srirang's Chevrolet aveo.

Reached Bhongir via Panjagutta, Khairatabad flyover, Lumbini park, Basheer bagh, Barkatpura, Narayanguda flyover, Amberpet Road, Uppal Stadium, Uppal & Jodimetla. It is around 50 kms from Uppal stadium. The road is old style highway with 1.5 lanes both sides. Right now, it is little broken, but overall fine. It was not very sunny also, so we made to the fort by around 11 AM.

Excursion started after that after paying Rupees 3 entry charges per head.

First in the Josh, we went to wrong route on a steep rock which has a Ganesha statue erected on top of it. But, that was false route.

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After getting down from there, we went to take the correct route via steps. These steps are quite wide in width and spread. By 12. we were at a midway place and stopped top have some snacks to have dinner. Whatte a snacks that, some readymade rotis, curd, pickles everything went away like that.

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That was then followed by further trip up to the fort which was just unraveling itself slowly. We at least thought 3-4 times that this is the end but we ended up reach top @ around 1 only. Although its a real ruinous place now, the hike is really tiresome. I could manage this since I am regular to gym these days. Otherwise, it would have been really difficult. DSCN3750

View is really magnificent from the top for sure.

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We sat there for around 1 hour in the shade and then took the route back. Although it was not very paining, but it was really irritating to come one steps a time on uneven surfaces. But we managed to come down in around 20-30 mins including open-air restroom breaks and then came to a restaurant in Bhongir town for quick snacks. The dosa that I got there or the coffee is far better than anything we get in Hyderabad. Hyderabad is seriously horrible place for quick snacks.

We started return journey at 3.30 PM to reach Uppal junction  in Hyderabad by 4.15 PM. Then the real travel started.

Sunday being the last day of Ganesha festival, Most of the Ganesha idols were coming for immersion in evening and so core part of city was literally closed. Most of the roads going from Uppal to Madhapur area were blocked by police to facilitate smooth flow of Idol immersion trucks. We went to kachiguda & koti, but to no anvil. Ultimately, two good guys on bike and a traffic policeman suggested us to take outer ring road route via Saidabad, Santosh nagar, Chandraynagutta & Arambagh junction to Mehdipatnam. This road was relatively free, but we ended up reaching Gachibowli junction @ around 7.15 PM, about 2 hours delay.

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