Though the fort of Paparajanahalli was within a striking distance from the hill range of Antaragange, we missed exploring it every time we were around Antaragange. Thus one day, I finally decided to explore this place and started early in the morning. A vague estimate of distance to this place would be around 8 km from home, which would make it a 16 km trek on completion. The initial walk from home was across the national highway which then merged with narrow winding roads leading to Antaragange. A kilometer's walk hereon took me to a hiking trail to this hill and I promptly took a deviation towards this route and continued my climb. After an ascent of around 15 minutes, I reached the Therahalli temple, a very beautiful temple indeed which we had visited earlier during one of our journeys around this place.
Without spending much time here, I headed towards Paparajanahalli, still following the hiking trail and reached a place from where the route seemed to vanish. Fortunately, a shepherd who passed by informed me about the Pandava caves located close by and gave directions to reach Paparajanahalli. After paying visit to the Pandava caves, I got down and started walking along the roadway to reach Paparajanahalli. On inquiring about the fort at Paparajanahalli, a joyous lady directed me towards the fort. The real trek had just begun. As I gradually gained elevation, portions of the fortification became visible.
On my way to the hill top, I met a shepherd who engaged me in a conversation and found me stupid as I had come all the way and all alone to this place. I smiled and moved on. Though not much of the fortification remains, it is quite evident that a big and grand fort once existed here. After a thorough exploration covering all parts of the hill, I rested for a while at a nice spot and satisfied my hunger with the food I carried in one go. The views from atop the hill were enchanting. I had to get back home as the weather got warmer. The whole experience was worthwhile.
|Lord Shiva Temple Complex, Therahalli|
|Interesting War Sculpture with Elephants and Horse|
|A Green Locust|
|Probably The Fort Entrance|
|Skillfully Executed Stone Uimbrella|
|A water Pond on the Top of the Fort|
|Hills of Antaragange|
|Bird Eyes View of Kolar Town|
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