Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bhongir Fort

Bhongir Fort

  • Destination: Bhongiri
Bhongir Fort was built by the Western Chalukya ruler, Tri-bhuvana-malla Vikramaditya VI in 10th century on a single rocky hill in Bhongir with a single monolithic rock and was named as Tribhuvanagiri. But later the name was modified into Bhuvanagiri and now presently called as Bhongir. It is about 48 kilometres from Hyderabad and located in Nalgonda district. The fort is spread over 40 acres of land and is 500 feet high on a hill. Bhongir is famous for its Beetle Leaves, Pottery and textiles.
Talking about the fort, it has a unique egg-shaped construction with heavy rocks covering the two entry points where the soldiers were always ready to attack when enemy invades. A moat encircles the fort and the palace itself has a huge underground chamber, an armoury, stables, and trap doors, among others. These all can be viewed until today which grasps the visitor attention. The old steps from bottom to top of the hill are not damaged and can have thrilling experience by climbing this hill and even can have excellent view of the surrounding areas from top of the hill. There is Hanuman Temple as well as ponds on the hill. There is a talk from past that it has an underground way to the Golconda Fort which is not proved until now.
Bhongir Fort was attacked by many kings but they were unable to claim the fort, but it was finally conquered by the Bahmani Sultans in 15th century with the help of gunpowder, cannons. They modified the fort into Islamic style and were hosted by local governor and made a prison for Qutub Shahi throne pretenders. As the ages are passing the fort just lost its significance and got damaged which was not renovated since 18th century and is still in the same manner until now.

Timings of Bhongir Fort

Timings: 9:00 a.m. -5:00p.m.

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