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WARANGAL SIGHTSEEING

 

If you have an interest in the various branches of Hindu temple development then an outing to Warangal is worthwhile. Facilities are adequate for an overnight stop-over, or it can be visited in a long day trip from Hyderabad. There is a colourful wool market a couple of 100 mtrs. past the bus stand. Fort : Warangal's main attraction is the enormous, abandoned mud-brick fort, which has many interesting features. Carved stones from wrecked Chalukyan temples are set in the massive stone walls which form a distinct fortification almost a km. inside the outer mud walls. Chalukyan Temples : The most notable Chalukyan temples are the 1000-Pillared Temple on the slopes of Hanamkonda Hill,the Bhadrakali Temple on a hillock between Warangal and Hanamkonda, and the Shambu Lingeswara or Swayambhu Temple.


WARANGAL-GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY Rregular buses run between Warangal and Hyderabad, Nizamabad and other major centres. Local buses connect Warangal with Kazipet and Hanamkonda. Warangal is a major railway junction in Andhra Pradesh and many expresses stop here. The 152-km journey to Hyderabad or Secunderabad takes about 3.5 hours . Warangal to Vijaywada takes about the same time.


WARANGAL SIGHTSEEING

 

POPULATION : 467,000 THIS WAS ONCE CAPITAL OF THE KAKATIYA KINGDOM, WHICH SPANNED THE GREATER PART OF PRESENT-DAY ANDHRA PRADESH FROM THE LATTER HAFL OF THE 12TH CENTURY UNTIL IT WAS CONQUERED BY THE TUGHLAQS OF DELHI EARLY IN THE 14TH CENTURY. THE HINDU KAKATIYAS WERE GREAT BUILDERS AND PATRONS OF THE ARTS, AND IT WAS DURING THIER REIGN THAT THE CHALUKYAN STYLE OF TEMPLE ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATION REACHED THE PINNACLE OF ITS DEVELOPMENT. IF YOU HAVE INTEREST IN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF HINDU TEMPLE DEVELOPMENT AND HAVE EITHER VISITED OR INTEND TO VISIT THE EARLY CHALUKYAN SITES AT BADAMI, AIHOLE AND PATTADAKAL IN NEIGHBOURING KARNATAKA STATE, THEN AN OUTING TO WARANGAL IS WORTHWHILE. FACILITIES ARE ADEQUATE FOR AN OVERING STOP-OVER, OR IT CAN BE VISITED IN A LONG DAY TRIP, FROM HYDERABAD. THERE'S A COLOURFUL WOOL MARKAT A COUPLE OF HUNDRED METERS PAST THE BUS STAND.


WARANGAL SIGHTSEEING

 

FORT WARANGAL'S MAIN ATTRACTION IS THE ENORMOUS, ABANDONED MUD-BRICK FORT, WHICH HAS TERREFIC ATMOSPHERE AND MANY INTRESTING FEATURES.CARVED STONES FROM WRECKED CHALUKYAN TEMPLES ARE SET INDISCRIMATELY IN THE MASSIVE STONE WALLS WHICH FORM A DISTINCTFORTIFICATION ALMOST A KM INSIDE THE OUTER MUD WALLS.


WARANGAL SIGHTSEEING

 

CHALUKYAN TEMPLES THE MOST NOTABLE REMAINING CHALUKYAN TEMPLES ARE THE 1000 PILLARED TEMPLE ON THE SLOPES OF HANAMKONDA HILL (ONE SHRINE OF WHICH IS STILL IN USE)THE BHANDRAKALI TEMPLE ON A HILLLOCK BETWEEN WARANGAL AND HANAMKONDA AND THE SHAMBU LINGESWARA OR SWAYAMBHU TEMPLE (ORIGNALLY A SIVA TEMPLE)BUILT IN 1162THE 1000 PILLARED TEMPLE IS HOWEVER INFERIOR TO THOSE FOUND FURTHER SOUTH. IT IS IN A SAD STATE OF DISREPAIR AND LOOTERS HAVE REMOVED MANY OF THE BEST PIECES AND CHISELLED AWAY THE FACES OF STATUES.



WARANGAL SIGHTSEEING GETTING THERE & AWAY

 

REGULAR BUSES RUN BETWEEN WARANGAL AND HYDERBAD NIZAMBAD AND OTHER MAJOR MAJOR CENTERS & LOCAL BUSES CONNECT WARANGALWITH KAZIPET HANAMKONDA WARANGAL IS A MAJOR RAILWAY JUNCTION IN ANDRAPRADESH AND MANY EXPRESSES STOP HERE. THE 152 KM TO HYDERBAD OR SECUNDERBADTAKES ABOUT 3 1/2 HOURS WARANGAL TO VIJAYWADA TAKES ABOUT THE SAME TIME AND THE COST OF RS 36/129 IN 2ND1ST CLASS.


WARANGAL GETTING AROUND

 

THE BUS STATION IS GETTING AROUND DIRECTLY OPPOSITE TO THE ENTRANCE TO THE RAILWAY STATION BUT THE TIMETABLE IS ENTIRELY IN TELGU SO ON YOU WILL MAKE INQUIRIES BUS NO 28 WILL TAKE YOU FIVE KM TO THE FORT AT MANTUKONDA OTHERWISW IT WOULD BE WORTHNEGOATION A FIXED PRICE FOR AN AUTORICKSHAW TO TAKE YOU THERE BACK AND ALLOW YOU SUFFICENT TIME TO SEE THE RUINS.


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