HYDERABAD: While rock concerts have become synonymous with celebrations and fun, unfortunately our spectacular Deccan rocks have not managed such an elevated status. In fact the 2,500 million year old rocks of our city are being steadily replaced by high rise buildings, malls and mutliplexes.
Recently the Telangana rocks found a viewing at the architecture and urbanism festival AGORA 2017 in France. Perhaps it’s time then to take a walk around town to firstly notice the gigantic granite formations and then understand the crucial link between rocks and their intrinsic influence on the water table, flora and fauna, even atmospheric temperature.
An eye-opening introduction to the rocks is what is organised by the Society to Save Rocks and the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club in the annual Hyderabad Rockathon. Sponsored by the Telangana Tourism Department, this year’s 6th edition of Rockathon promises a day filled with adventure, family entertainment and nature appreciation.
On Sunday, November 12, Khajaguda near Lanco Hills is the venue to head to if you’d like an adrenaline rush while indulging in rappelling, bouldering or ziplining. For families that enjoy the great outdoors there will be activities like rock balancing, rock quiz and rock shot-put besides a snake demonstration and a magic show that will hold the attention of all ages.
The Society to Save Rocks has been striving for two decades to highlight the unique rocks of Telangana dated by geologists as millions of years old. 25 Rocksites had been placed by the Society in the governments heritage precinct listing alongside heritage
The organisers say one can explore the secret caves, a Muslim Dargah and a Hindu Temple all existing in perfect harmony on the Khajaguda hillock. Experience your very own unforgettable rocking moments, take home rock selfies and win prizes in the treasure hunt- allin the rocks that are older than the Himalayas!For registrations log onto: www.HyderabadRockathon.com