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'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.

 

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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 

 

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All the 'India-drive men' have gathered at the meet up point by 6 15 a.m. and after a brief introductory session about the rules and their position during the convoy, the drive towards the 'Village Aharam' was set to track as the clock swept 6 30 a.m. 

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@rahul sharma cruising on the ORR.

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A small teaser on how we space up with the car ahead of ours - THE CONVOY.

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@Saran's civic showing up how dynamic he could get when she rolls on to the beautiful ORR.

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@Kashyap's classic Fiesta.

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@Mady's Verna cruising on in the Convoy.

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'India-drive's Convoy and it is quite evident :D

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They never miss out on attending the drive meet.

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Korean twins leading the pack.

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A few glimpses of the drive towards 'Village Aharam'.

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We took the Vijayawada exit from ORR.

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Our very well designed ORR exists. Best in the country.

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Maintaining a 15 car convoy is tough on Vijayawada highway, Which is one of the busiest.

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Post breakfast at 'Village Aharam', The drive towards the Rachakonda fort commenced.

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We took off from the highway towards Koyaragudem Village where the roads narrow down. 

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Villagers are happy seeing many cars making their work easy.

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The road towards the rachakonda fort was fun to drive with neatly laid tarmac.

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A small mud track after we crossed the rachakonda village and we were almost there at the fort.

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Elegant Octavia kicking out some dust. 

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A beautiful lake rests on the foot of the Rachakonda fort hill.

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@varunchetluri and @girish.guntaka@gmail.com showed up enthusiastic during a short trek to the hill top 

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Few glimpses of the members trekking their way up the hill

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Men in black.

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view got better as we started the climb.

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As soon as we started our trek, Group discussion on fitness/calories sparked up. :D

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@Saran - One drive enthusiast who always makes sure that he never misses out on any drive meet up.

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The trek up the hill throughout has been a little tiring under the burning hot sun but we never miss to have fun with these cheerful souls.

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@Vinithreddy and @Saran were all full of energy throughout the meet.  :cooler:

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An ancient abandoned architecture rests on the top of the hill.

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Rachakonda fort - Check :D

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All set and done, Our drive back was set to pace.

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We had quick break, while setting up the drone.Some of the best looking cars.

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That's all folks, Waiting for some good pictures from the members who have attended the drive meet.

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It has been an amazing experience joining the drive with you guys... Loved the video too :D Cant wait for the next one! Here are few memories I would love to share.. 

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Tasty chai which cant be forgotten @village aharam
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The lake we discovered after a long walk :)
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My memory for the trip #lookwhatifound
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It has been so much fun joining you guys. Cheers to the whole crew :photo:

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It was an amazing drive with you guys! I enjoyed a lot with you people. India-Drive a big family now.

The energy that everyone has for drive and discovering places are equal. Thats what bringing the India-Drive grow so fast and I love it.

The "organic food" at Village Aharam was awesome. And the drive to Rachakonda, I didn't expect that it will have an amazing road. (Will share the video shortly)

 

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      (Celebratory pic of climbing the hill, My smile will tell you how happy i was on the top, the cannon at the back might be a late addition to the fort , as they were developed only in 15th century) 
       
      There are three structures at the top of the Hill , one ruined old fort , and two other government buildings , with Cellular tower on top of one. The other building was build on top adjacent to an old well. (The Pic of the fort). 
       
      The views from the top of the hill are simply amazing. Google maps told us that we were 1000 meters above MSL. Below are a few pics of the views from the fort. 

       (You can spot Bhongir Railway station , from where i first saw this magnificent Hill Fort. Also , at the bottom right , notice how Dams were constructed to save water.)
       

      (Another pond , and the fort wall at a distance)
       
      We explored the whole place for an hour , found a small entrance and a staircase, just out of curiosity i went in and started climbing the stairs , and Mr.Daddy followed me. 
      The stairs took us to the top of the fort. There is no higher point in Bhongir Than this.  

      (The fort view from behind)

       

      (Me after conquering the fort, instead of a sword i posed with an Umbrella, modern day weapon to fight the soldiers of the nature) 
      By 2 o clock we were hungry and decided to descend, as soon as we thought of of it , we could see dark clouds manifest out of no where and weather became cloudy and pleasant.  I wonder where these clouds were when i was climbing up the hill.   

       
      We climbed down, and there were 6 other cars parked in the parking. We went to the shop next to ticket counter had another bottle of water. Went to a nearby restaurant in Bhongir and had our lunch. After and uneventful lunch , we started back to Hyderabad , and it started raining just as we were ready to leave Bhongir. 
      Tips for Trek to the Top : 
      Carry your own water one bottle per person. Carry an umbrella , Sun or Rain it will help you a lot.  Avoid Summers , It was tiring to climb in October Sun. Imagine April Sun beating down on you.   
      Suggest to go in groups, Half of the time i was engrossed in deep conversations with Mr.Daddy , and didn't feel the tiredness. 
      Wear shoes and avoid Slippers and Flip flops at all costs

      PS: For those who are wondering , why i call him Daddy , You can find the explanation in my previous write up






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