Step back into time and witness the glorious past in Warangal. It is a city that holds golden parts of history and the ancient monuments are a proof of the fine craftsmanship of the bygone era. Majestic forts, Hindu and Jain temples, and beautiful lakes make sightseeing in the city a memorable experience. You can see the confluence of cultures and religions in the region in a seamless manner. The place is also a hub for handicraft lovers. You can buy traditional brass artefacts and sheet metal items. Rustic charm meets modern vibes in Warangal, getaway from the madness of concrete jungle and enjoy time in the lap of nature here.
Warangal Fort, Hanamkonda Fort, Hanamakonda Temple, Warangal Museum, Warangal Circle
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Warangal, a historical city in Telangana unfolds the rich history of South India and narrates the valiant and noble stories of bygone dynasties. Historically known as “Ekashila Nagaram”, meaning a city carved in single stone, Warangal is part of the tertiary city including Hanamkonda and Kazipet. This historic place was once the capital city of the Kakatiya Dynasty (from the 12th to 14th centuries). It was during this phase there was an upsurge in infrastructure and the ruler had built innumerable monuments, fortress, humongous stone gateways and many temples. A famous traveler Marco Polo had penned down the cultural distinction of the Kakatiya era. The prime rulers then were Rani Rudrama Devi, Ganapathi Deva and Prathapa Rudra. Later the Bahmani Sultanate occupied Kakatiya Dynasty, and then Mughal emperor Aurangzeb ruled over it in 1724.
The intricately carved monuments from Kakatiya period still remain standing. The ruins of 13th-century Warangal Fort, the Thousand Pillar Temple of 1163, and temples like the Shiva Temple & Ramappa temple and many others ruins still stand strong and are some most visited sightseeing destinations of Warangal. Set on a lake, Bhadrakali Temple is a very revered temple that attracts thousands of devotees of Hindu goddess Kali. This temple dates back to the 7th century and is a marvel in itself.
Warangal fort is a popular sightseeing location. A one day tour including the fort, Pillar Temple, and Bhadrakali Temple is a decent option. Eturnagaram Forest Wildlife Refuge, Govindarajula Gutta, Kakatiya Musical Garden, Kakatiya Rock Garden, Laknavaram, Padmakshi Temple, Pakhal Lake, Palakurthy Someshwaraswamy Temple, Ramappa Temple and Lake, Rayaparthy Shiva Temple of 18th century, and Siddeshwara Temple of 3rd century are some of the tourist sightseeing places of Warangal. Pilgrims visit Warangal to pay obeisance at the holy shrine of Lord Narasimha – Yadagirigutta, Shrine of lord Rama – Jeedkal and at the shrine of Jains – Kolunupaka. The Kolunupaka shrine has a Jade statute of Mahavir and is a wonderful Jain temple to visit.
Handicraft lovers must Pembarthi, a craftsmen village that specializes in brass artefacts and sheet metal items. Famed across the world for unmatched brassware tradition, Pembarthi craftsmen carry the legacy from their ancestors of Kakatiyas Empire. This art form flourished during the era as Kakatiyas used sheet metal art extensively, to adorn temples, chariots and more. This art lost its significance over the period of time but the artisans did not give up their skills, rather passed it on to new generations. However, the brass art got back its lost glory again during the rule of Nizam of Hyderabad and is known world over now. This is a must visit for all the lovers of art and crafts.
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