Many travelers from the far-flung lands visit Telangana mostly for Hyderabad, a city full of historic sites like Golkonda Fort, Charminar, Qutb Sahi tombs etc. But if you are a history buff then Telangana has more to offer you and some places get hardly any mention in the guidebooks or history books.
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Rachakonda is a huge fort, positioned in the magnificent hilly landscape near Nalgonda. Built by the Racherla royals around 14th century CE, this fort was later ruled under Qtub Shahi dynasty along with other forts like Golkonda and Koilkonda. One has to climb many steps through the jungle to reach at the top. In between the arched boulders there are still few stone gateways left with unique ancient designs. Its wilderness and the breathtaking views from every twist and turn will truly fascinate the visitors.
The View of Ranchakonda Fort
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Koilkonda is another forgotten fort on a hill top and was renowned as the outpost for the Qutb Sahis. Surrounded by jungles this fort has many intact structures to give it a castle like formation. An easy 125 kms drive from Hyderabad towards Madhuban Nagar can take you to this fort. Though not yet maintained but you can hike till different levels and explore the essence of erstwhile Deccan Plateau.
The majestic view of Kolikonda Fort
A three and half hours’ drive from Hyderabad will take you to thousand years old Khammam Fort which is situated in the middle of a city. It is believed that gold coins were used as fund to make this fort.
The view of Khammam Fort
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Located in a very scenic hilltop of Karimnagar, Elgandal fort was controlled by five major dynasties – the Kakatiyas, Bahmanis, Qutub Shahis, Mughals and the Nizams. It still has huge walls, twisted steps and geometric gates but yet hardly known to broader communities of travelers. At the highest point one can find “Dho Minar” or the two tall pillars. From a certain angle they look almost like the ‘Charminar’ of Hyderabad. The 180 Km drive from Hyderabad to Karimnagar is simply incredible due to the well-maintained roads and picturesque country sides.
The view of Elgandal Fort
The last one is our favorite Bhongir, mostly known as ‘Bhuvanagiri fort’ to locals. Formed by a gigantic monolithic rock, this fort is an epitome of the Chalukyan rulers since 10th century. However, later it was taken under the Bahmani kings and renovated in Islamic style. The 180 degree view from the top proves its strategic location as a defense base. We visited Bhongir a number of times but it still attracts us to explore some or the other corner. The serenity of Bhongir can be best enjoyed from the top, especially when the sun rolls down and the city lights pop up one by one.
Author – Mangalika Ghosh
A travel photographer and a travel blogger by passion, Mangalika is currently working on various personal photography projects. You can always find her at Happyfeet https://mangalika.com/happyfeet/