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@sagar @gowtham @saran @teju .. Awesome stuff guys, And I must say you guys are really good in showing up a whole compiled video of the whole whole drive. I still remember the time lapse of our Gandikota drive and trek you guys shared with me.  Looking forward for the next drive to join you guys. Excited to meet the new members of the group  :)

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Fantastic report. Video of the drive between those hills and green fields provide thrills when watched. Surely must have been a great drive meet. Are we allowed to camp around that site besides the lake ?

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Lovely video.. Kudos to the admins for the kind of effort put up in making this drive so much fun when the place really did not matter. Cheers to the whole team. Looking forward to join you guys for the next drive :D

 

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Action cam pictures from my side, ignore the quality. Photo log from Village aharam to Rachakonda Fort.

Breakfast time, village Aharam guys consigned a separate dining area for India-Drive members

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After having a yummy organic breakfast and tea, we headed towards the fort.

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Narrow village roads cutting through the beautiful hillocks.

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For a minute stay calm and look at the sky and contemplate how amazing Life is ---.

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Soon the roads became narrow and dusty.

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We reached the destination in no time.

 Even if you guys are not interested in forts, I would suggest you take a drive on these beautiful village roads.

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Thank you.

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Action cam pictures from my side, ignore the quality. Photo log from Village aharam to Rachakonda Fort.

Awesome!

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Guys,

 

I am really jealous! I joined this forum after reading through drive meetup threads. Unfortunately I couldn't make it even to one drive :( . Every time some other commitment comes up.

 

Hoping to join the next meet soon.

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@sai86, there always a next time bro.. Please share your contact details on my mesg box .. will add you into the whatsapp group for any short notices on drives we do

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@sai86, there always a next time bro.. Please share your contact details on my mesg box .. will add you into the whatsapp group for any short notices on drives we do

Hi just came to know about this group how to join ?

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22 minutes ago, nagender said:


Done . Thanks

 
I think you have filled only 9 numbers of your mobile number, not able to add you. Please fill again.

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On 2/10/2017 at 7:21 AM, sagar said:

Please share your contact details on my mesg box

I tried messaging you but got an error stating "You are only allowed to send 0 messages per minute. Please try again later.".

 

Either ways I have filled this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1T5vHDppgH4jUYcP2EYUElX4uoSa3-AaU1fB0twPTQ8o/edit

 

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Awesome meet up guys, never knew of this place until I have seen this post. Very well compiled video

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I have filled details please check
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    • By LoneRanger
      Precursor to the Trip: 
      Mr.Daddy calls me up on Oct 2nd in the evening. 
       
      Daddy : I had to work today , who the hell works on Gandhi jayanthi? They don't even sell Liquor today. 
      Me : Chill Macha , we chose this job. And have to take everything it throws at us. 
      Daddy: I need some relaxation , plan something for the weekend. 
      Me : Hmm, lets go to Bhuvanagiri Fort, I have been meaning to trek that fort since childhood. 
      Daddy: Done. 
       
      The plan has been made , but could not be executed the Dussehra weekend, due to the obvious reasons. Our Wives would let us go on a trek on a festival day. And i totally forgot about it , till 12th When Mr.Daddy messages to ask me if i'm available to do the trek on 13th (Sunday). I said yes , and the trip was on. 
       
      Hill Fort of Bhuvanagiri: 
      If you have ever have traveled to Warangal by road or by train you would not miss this small fort on top of the hill. I remember watching the hill for the first time as a kid, from a train window, on my way to Hyderabad. Since then i was always fascinated by this small fort and it was my long lasting desire to trek to the top of it.  
       
      The fort is constructed in the 10th century A.D by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI. That makes this fort atleast 1000 years old. In contrast Golconda fort is 400 years old. And Since it is built by Tribhuvanamalla , the fort is called Tribhuvanagiri , Which latter became Bhuvanagiri and with the Persian and Urdu influence of the local kings became Bhongir. The fort was built on a small egg shaped hill, and there were small steps cut into the rock to climb up to the fort. 
       
      Drive To The Fort:
      I started at 8:30 A.M on Sunday morning , and started towards Mr.Daddy's home in Manikonda, Hyderabad. I picked him up and on the way we stopped at Organic hotel to have breakfast. After having quick breakfast we took the ORR to reach Warangal Highway.
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      The Rock has steps cut into it , which looks fairly a recent addition to the 1000 year old Hill Fort. We started our climb from this point. 
       
      The weather forecast for Bhongir on that day was partially cloudy and with intermittent rains. But Sun god has different plans for us. It was hot and the rock reflected the heat. After a brief walk , we ended up at the first gateway to the fort. There was some shade and i sat there for a couple of minutes. 
      (The first gateway , where you will find some shade.) 
       
      After the first rest stop , there is enough tree cover and it was a little cloudy , we reached the second Gateway in some time. 

       
      The distance between the second and third Gateway is not much , but there is a increase in elevation. We soon reached the third gateway , and the the view looked like this after crossing the third gateway. 

       
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      (Steep Walk way , with stairs cut into the rock, Rails installed in the modern era for support, Another Check Dam towards right and Mr.Daddy gauging on how far we have to go)
       
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      Wear shoes and avoid Slippers and Flip flops at all costs

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    • By shammy
      Hyderabad 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.
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