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shammy posted a topic in Drive MeetupHyderabad to Bhongir fort drive meetup - February 25th - 2017 Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Bhongir fort Start time - 6:30 a.m. Distance - ~110 kms Objective : A small gathering to meet all the new folks of the club for breakfast at Viveria hotel and drive towards Bhongir fort in a union spirit to continue this year on a cheerful note. Destination description: The Bhongir fort was built upon a single rocky hill in Bhongir, a town in Telangana, located in the Nalgonda district of the state. The Western Chalukya ruler, Tribhuvana malla Vikram aditya VI, built the fort from one single monolithic rock in the 12th century. The fort was originally named Tribhuvanagiri, and eventually the name metamorphosed into Bhuvanagiri and eventually, into Bhongir, which is its present name. It is spread across an impressive area of 50 acres at a height of around 500 feet over the top and is about 50 kms from the Hyderabad skirt. Highlights: Bhongiri fort is the highest fort in India, It is constructed on a single large stone. The shape of the hill is very unique. Bhongir fort tips: No food and water are available at the fort, carry your own water and snacks. Make sure you carry back the trash instead of littering around. Vehicle parking is available at foot hills of the fort. Less crowded. Trek is easy, no gear required as most of the ascent carved of steps on the rocky surface. Not advisable to visit after sunset. Early morning is the best time to visit. Should be extra careful during the monsoon, it may be slippery. Bhongiri Fort timings: Fort is accessible between 10AM to 5PM. Early morning is the best time to visit, you can get into the fort at 6AM from the back entry. It is against rules, but you can buy the ticket while coming back. Bhongiri Fort entry fee: 10/- per head and 50/- per camera. Hyderabad to Bhongir fort route: Hyderabad --> Ghatkesar --> Bhongir fort. Hyderabad to Bhongiri Road condition: It is a 4-lane route, it will not take you more than two hours from Hyderabad. Hotels in Bhongiri: All the hotels are available on Highway as soon as you cross Bhongiri. 1.Hotel Vivera 2. Coffee day 3.Hotel Sankalp Participants: 1) Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Sai Chand 2) Ford Aspire - Harshita 3) Skoda Rapid - Kaushik 4) Hyundai Creta - Sagar 5) Honda Civic - Saran 6) Honda Civic - Gowtham varma 7) Toyota Innova Crysta - Akhil 8) Audi Q3 - Bhargav PS: This report was compiled by pictures taken by me, Gowtham and Sagar.
sagar posted a topic in Drive Meetup'Hyderabad to Rachakonda' - Republic day breakfast drive meetup report - January 26th 2017 Start point - Gachibowli (ORR) End point - Rachakonda fort Start time - 6:30 a.m. Total Distance - ~120 kms Objective : A small gathering to meet all the new folks of the club for breakfast at 'Village Aharam - An organic restaurant' followed by an exploration drive towards Rachakonda fort on this wonderful occasion of the 68th Republic day. Destination description: 'Village Aharam' is an organic restaurant which is located in a peaceful environment in Koyalguda which is around 90 kms from Gachibowli on the Vijayawada highway with a village ambiance. It is rural respite for the urban tired. 'Rachakonda fort' was constructed in 14th century by 'Recherla Singama Nayak' who ruled the region of Rachakonda after the Kakatiya dynasty. The architecture Rachakonda Fort is of medieval Hindu fort architecture made of large stones which are of irregular size and indefinite shape. At the entrance, the gates are made of stone pillars and horizontal beams. The structure of Rachakonda Fort was strategically developed as a defensive bastion with strong fortifications. Presently, the fort is in a ruined state. Due to its proximity to Hyderabad, Rachakonda Fort has now become an excellent weekend spot for the Hyderabadis. There is no Entry fee as it is not yet developed on a commercial end. Rachakonda fort Tips: No food, water are available near the fort, carry your own water and food. Vehicle parking is available at foot hills of the fort. Fort doesn't have proper entrance, once you park your vehicle you need to find the path on your own, which itself is fun. Less crowded. Trek is very easy, no gear required. Not advisable to visit after sunset. Early morning is the best time to visit. Hyderabad to Rachakonda fort Route: Hyderabad --> Ramoji film city --> Malakapur --> Koyaragudem --> Rachakonda fort. Road condition : Hyderabad to Koyaragudem : 4-lane excellent road with no tolls. Koyaragudem to Rachakonda fort : 2-lane track with beautiful views cutting through hills. Participants: 1) Mahindra KUV 100 - Girish 2) Hyundai i20 Elite - Ravi Teja 3) Hyundai i20 Elite - Jagadish 4) Volkswagen Polo Highline - Vamshi 5) Hyundai i20 Active - Shiv Sigh 6) Honda Amaze - Srinivas 7) Ford Fiesta - Kashyap 8) Hyundai Verna - Madhavi 9) Renault Duster - Vinith reddy 10) Hyundai Creta - Sruthi 11) Hyundai Creta - Sagar 12) Mahindra XUV 500 - Rahul 13) Honda Civic - Saran 14) Honda Civic - Gowtham varma 15) Skoda Octavia - Gautam Kumsi