Monday, February 5, 2018

Visit Our Very Own Grand Canyons! Gandikota

Gandikota canyons and gorges are one of the best kept secrets of India. The site is so stunning and gorgeous that one has to see it to believe it. An impregnable fortress built here stands testimony to the fact that the deep gorges are impossible to climb up mighty Penna river.

The views of Gandikota gorges are simply breathtaking and would remain edged in our memories. This place would be an ideal quite spot to watch sunrise and sunset. As beautiful as it is, the threat to life here is very real. By wanting to have exceptionally good selfies do not risk your lives for a few pics. You have one life choose wisely.

Spending morning hours at Gandikota canyon was an idyllic and romantic time spent with nature in absolute solitude. It was amazing to be there and watch birds fly by, the cool breeze whispered in our ears and as hours went by we did not have the heart to leave.

Within the fort complex is Jama Masjid, Madhava temple, a jail and a massive barn. It is a living fort meaning settlements are found both inside and outside. Another exciting feature is the fact that one can drive their vehicle inside the fort. The narrow gateways are just enough to accommodate one vehicle. Any slight miscalculation and our car would have been beautifully decorated by the fort walls and gates.

As we entered the fort complex we were first greeted by Charminar, if you have seen the one in Hyderabad this might not really impress you. Followed by a jail complex and then comes the parking lot and the adjacent building is the pretty Jama Masjid and a massive barn. Next comes the Ranganatha Swamy temple and past all of this awaits the stunning gorges of Gandikota.

Of all the amazing monuments of Gandikota, Madhavaraya temple simply takes the cake away. Standing tall in between the jail complex and Jama masjid tucked away in a small corner, this temple could be reached by couple of minutes walk. The massive gopuram is visible from far off and is such an inviting factor. The carving in this temple are mesmerizing and stand as testimony to the fine craftsmanship of Indians. The other ruins within the temple complex are in pretty bad shape yet strikingly beautiful and begging for attention and care from authorities.

The only stay option here is 'Harita Tourist Resort' run by APTDC. The amazing cottages provide a feel good factor and have a charming aura around it. The spacious sit out and the terrace offers scintillating panoramic views of the fort, masjid and temple. The rooms are spacious but basic. The food too is basic and decent. For a government owned property the service standard is commendable. The rooms are priced at Rs.1251 inclusive of taxes, in our opinion it is a steal deal. Another plus is you could park your vehicle right outside your cottage. It would be wise to have an online booking. Remember to pack some snacks of your choice as there are no good or even basic dining options in Belum or Gandikota.