Random De-tours

I have missed myself on the blog! Sometimes, I regret not writing here often enough but there are places to be, things to do and only so much time.

Of all the things I’m doing, I enjoy travelling the most. Unfortunately, it isn’t in my capacity to look at the world through a camera’s lens. I prefer capturing sights in my mind and that is why I have hardly documented my last few travels (except in my head); But I did go on a very short road trip last week which I have some great pictures from.

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An overview of the Pocharam Jungle from the watch tower.

A lot of us, including me, are so fascinated by the rest of the world, that we forget to take a closer look at what’s right in front of us! I’ve been living in Hyderabad for the last 25 years and not once have I considered going to the neighbouring town of Medak, up until I bought a car that doesn’t drive like it’s going through the Rocky Mountains.

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The plan was to take a detour through the jungle of Pocharam which claims to have Jaguars, Leopards, Crocodiles, Blue Bison, etc. All we saw were Deer and a couple of Monitor Lizards. A let down, but worth the view! The front office had a rescued fawn which was smart enough to do his morning business on a designated mat in the opposite corner of the room as opposed to our co-citizens who think that the side of the road is their personal toilet. 

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This is the lost fawn that I mentioned about. It was a bit shy so Chitra and I forced ourselves onto it!

Talking of toilets, I must not fail to mention something very important that I noticed along the way. At approximately every 20 to 30 km, there was a public toilet that was not spik and span but definitely manageable if you are desperate. What I am getting at is the effort the government has made. Besides, even the roads were well-maintained and very clean.

From Pocharam, Medak town is just a 15 minute drive. We headed straight for lunch to the Medak Fort that is secluded yet beautifully aged. The raw, old world charm, combined with unkempt pasture made it feel eerie at first but as we climbed further up, the view just threw us into a trance.

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An unforgettable view from the top of the fort.

The fort is ancient and stands of great historical and architectural importance in the Southern state of Telangana. Built around the 12th century during the reign of the Kakatiyan ruler, Pratapa Rudra, it was the command post for the Kakatiyans and later, the Qutub Shahis.

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The entrance of the fort after a long climb will meet you with this grandeur!
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The stone carvings at the fort are well maintained.

The fort is a decent trek and if the weather is in your favour, you’ll definitely enjoy it. If you’re hungry, you should grab lunch at the Haritha hotel which serves homely Indian food. After that huge dose of cardio, we headed downhill to the Medak Church!

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When you climb upto the top of the Medak Fort, you’re rewarded with alone time at this secluded Masjid. 

The Medak Church is very interesting. Putting aside the architectural aspect for a minute, the Cathedral is the 2nd largest Diocese (Church Jurisdiction) in the world after the Vatican! What caught my eye was the brilliant stained glass artworks on 3 sides, depicting different stages of the life of Christ. I couldn’t get pictures because photography is banned inside the Cathedral. The architecture stands out because of its Gothic aesthetic and the juxtaposition of that with the vivid stained glass windows is absolutely brilliant.

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The Medak Church (Shot on the phone)

I’ve started my New Year Resolution a little earlier than ideal! I plan to travel as much as I possibly can. I lean towards Indian destinations, but for now, next in line is the Philippines! Pondicherry and Hampi are on the list too and I’m hoping to accomplish that by the end of the year!

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
― Mark Twain.

Cheers.

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