If you are traveling by the east coast railway, about an hour before entering Hyderabad, you will come at a place where the rail-track goes around a huge hill in an almost perfect semi-circle. On top of the hill, sits a fort. The whole vista is quite striking with a giant, egg-shaped hill dominating the landscape with a commanding presence.
That hill is Bhuvanagiri, a name that would literally translate to the "hill of the earth" in some Indian languages. Interestingly, the geological origin of the hill would also connote something very similar.
A mark from the ancient earth. The world's largest batholith outcrop.
Much of the Deccan plateau in South India is home to a landscape which often bears the marks of time immemorial. Geologically, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this plateau is an unending book of time and that in that book, the hill of Bhuvanagiri or Bhongir is a small, but significant page. Here are some reasons why it is so:
1. With a circumference of about 9.63 Kms and rising up to a maximum elevation of 1,410 feet, this batholith outcrop is considered considered to be bigger than Uluru, currently the most famous granite batholith in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. It is marked by uniquely striking features. From some angles, it might look like a giant, egg-shaped dome. However, as you roam around the hill and climb it, it would seem many other things. Like a giant lying with its legs put one upon the other, two ancient faces staring at each other, an ancient creature crouching upon...
3. It is more than 2.5 billion years old and till date, this geological wonder retains its stark, subterranean features.
4. It's stark, majestic, commanding presence. With steep falls, intriguing crevices and a hard wall of rock that makes its textures, the Bhuvanagiri hill stands out amidst its surrounding landscape of greenery, smaller hills and a reddish earth.
5. The presence of life within its stark exterior.
6. And last, but not the least, a remarkable, wind-swept view of the surroundings that gradually opens up as you climb up the hill.
Here are some impressions from this magnificent rocky abode.from ancient earth that stands firm even now.
A stark, blended beauty. Dry branches and twigs stick out and get almost blended into the backdrop of a stark, dry wall of rock. You could argue that there was a sense of something surreal lingering there.