Hyderabad is an ancient city of India, rich with its culture and heritage. Located in the South India state of Telangana, Hyderabad is a capital city settled along the banks of river Musi. Originally founded by Muhammad Quili Qutb Shah in 1591, Hyderabad is now a glorious bustling city that is gradually turning into an IT Hub.
Hyderabad Biryani and Hyderabad Haleem are the two main dishes of this city which is loved by people nation-wide! Apart from its food, Hyderabad is also famous for its pearls, jewels, and other kinds of jewellery. The city which is dotted with tea stalls and spice merchants, reflects the rich Mughalai culture that can be witnessed through their cuisine and relics of the past.
Apart from being home to a great deal of heritage, Hyderabad has much to offer to the adventure bugs as well! On a dull weekend, you may try trekking to one of these places located near Hyderabad.
Located around 6 hours from Hyderabad is the small town of Ahobilam, that is home to Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to the legends, Lord Narasimha emerged from a pillar to kill Hiranyakasipu in order to save Prahalada, characters from a Hindu Purana.
The spot on top of the hills called Ugra Sthambam is where Lord Narasimha is believed to have emerged from. The trek to this spot is an exciting and tricky hike. The entire terrain is rocky and does not have support of any railings to hold on to, hence it is advised to carry a trekking stick. The trail ascends gradually almost to an 80 degree towards the end!
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If you're looking for a blend between history and adventure, Bhongir Fort should be your destination. Located at a distance of about 50 km from Hyderabad, Bhongir Fort is perched on a monolithic hill which is 500 ft high.
The hill has 250 rock-carved steps starting from the foothills, which will take you to the top and into the fort. This trek is relatively easy due to the well-defined trail, and it goes through some shrubby areas. The breathtaking view from the hilltop makes the travel to the fort completely worth it.
Ghanpur Fort, also known as Khilla Ghanpur is believed to be built by a ruler from the Kakatiya Dynasty, back in the 13th century. The fort is fringed with two beautiful ponds and a rocky landscape, forming a magnificent view.
The rocky terrain forms caves so you may even explore these caves. The entire hilly region is scattered with the ruins of Ghanpur Fort.
The trail has huge rocks or well-defined carved steps to trek through. This beautiful place is located about 117 km from Hyderabad and makes for a great weekend getaway.
An activity called "Tarzan swing" is available at the hills of Ghanpur Fort. It is basically jumping away and swinging from the top of a hill, an exhilarating experience that can be tried here.
Koulas Fort is an enormous fort that was built by the Kakatiya Dynasty in the 14th century. Spread across an area of 6 sq km, the fort is perched at an altitude of about 1100 ft. The grandeur of Kakatiya Dynasty's architecture can be witnessed through this fort.
To reach the fort, a trek of about 3 km must be made from the village. It is advised to take the help of the local villagers for guidance on the route of the trek. This is an easy trek and can be completed by anybody.
An off-beat spot located near Adilabad, is the Gayathri Waterfalls that is situated on the River Kadem, a tributary of River Godavari. It falls from a height of 100 ft, a truly magnificent sight specially during the monsoon, when the waterfall is filled.
A simple trek of about 1-2 hours through cotton fields and then through sparse forest area will take you to a valley of water, surrounded with rocks and hilly regions, with the view of the waterfall right in front. You can relax in the tranquillity of nature here for some time before heading back.
Located just about 15 km from Hyderabad is the Gunrock Hill, houses a fort built during the rule of British. Due to the rocky landscape filled with boulders and big rocks, Gunrock Hill makes a great spot for rock-climbing for beginners.
Boulders of varying sizes are available to climb. It is advised to go rock-climbing at gunrock hill during winter months, since monsoon months might make the rocks slippery. The proximity makes it the quickest getaway choice.
Narsapur Forest is located 50 km from Hyderabad, and is a perfect spot for trekking especially for nature lovers. The forest does not have any well-defined trail and the place can be trekked mostly for the satisfaction of getting away from the city hullabaloo.
The huge forest area is filled with regions of boulders, patches of lush green grass, some trees, all secluded from the city. Many trekking clubs arrange trek to the forest periodically. You can try contacting any of those clubs if you prefer going by a plan.