Official Initiatives
The Government must play an important role in the preservation of the Deccan's stunning granite formations. The Government of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh has taken the first step by including rock areas in Regulation No. 13 of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority(HUDA) for the protection of Heritage Buildings and Precincts. Hyderabad is the only city in India where rocks are protected as a natural heritage. Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority HMDA (successor organization of HUDA), the Municipal Corporation and the Tourism Department have already started to develop rock gardens in the city.

The first 9 Formations proposed by the Soiety in 1997 and protected under Regulation 13 of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority Zoning Regulations 1981 are as follows:

1.
"Hillocks around Durgam Cheruvu", a lake situated between Jubilee Hills and Hitecity.

Beautiful lake between the new Hitec development and the rocks of Jubilee Hills; best viewing from Durgam Cheruvu Lake Resort near Ambedkar Open University. Walking and climbing in the rocky parts around the lake from the footpath that leads around the lake.

Coordinates (Plaque): 1725'47" N 7823'30" E

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2.
"Bear's Nose", Formation behind Cyber Tower, Hitec City.

Single formation surrounded by hotel building site; visible from Rock Heights Function Park.

Coordinates: 1726'56.17" N 7822'42.08" E

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3.
"Rock Park", Hillock on Old Bombay Road, near Gachibowli.

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4.
"Mushroom Rock", Formation in the campus of Central University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli.

Famous single formation; access through University of Hyderabad for the initiated;

Coordinates:1726'30.10" N 7820'20.78" E

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5.
"Cliff Rock", Hillock in Road No. 46, Jubilee Hills.

No access because of new constructions around the rocks.

Coordinates: 1725'54.17" N 7823'56.41" E

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6.
"Monster Rock", Formation in Road No. 71, Jubilee Hills.

Single formation, no access, good view from Nandagiri Hills and Road no. 71 Jubilee Hills.

Coordinates: 1725'16.93" N 7824'24.12" E

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7.
"Tortoise Rock", Formation in B.N.R.Hills, near Durgam Cheruvu.

Beautiful single formation, preserved in a road island; worth a visit.

Coordinates: 1725'27.10" N 7823'43.46" E

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8.
"Toadstool", Formation in Road No. 35, Jubilee Hills.

Access only for avid boulderers, undeveloped bouldering area behind Blue Cross.

Coordinates: 1726'26.76"N 7824'12.21"E

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9.
"Obelisk", Formation in Road No. 66, Jubilee Hills.

Small single formation on Sidewalk.

Coordinates: 1725'37.63" N 7824'36.18" E

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The Society has again proposed a list of 20 Rock Sites to be notified under the HUDA Heritage Regulations, on 22 May 2006. Out of these sites, 15 have been notified as Heritage Precincts by the Government of AP, G.O. 68, on 3rd Feb, 2009:

1.

Rock on which Baba Fakhruddin Aulia's Dargah is situated, Poppalguda.

Extensive sheet rock with historical dargah of the saint Baba Fakhruddin Aulia; in the vicinity of Hitec City; good possibilities for walking, climbing, bouldering; highly recommended for rock outings.

Coordinates (dargah): 1724'37" N 7821'58" E

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2.
Rocks at Maula Ali's Dargah, Maula Ali.

Big rock dome with famous historical Dargah, access by flight of steps, not much scope for walking and climbing, but worth a visit for the view from the top; two smaller rock domes close by, accessible by steep steps Old Gateway on the main road closed to traffic at the moment, take diversion to the right around it.

Coordinates: 1728'06.35" N 7833'24.73" E

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3.
"Sentinel Rock", near Maula Ali.

Single formation with a few surrounding boulders, good for short climb.

Coordinates: 1727'32.14" N 7833'15.16" E

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4.
"Skull Rock", HiTech City Phase II.

Small single formation in hotel garden.

Coordinates: 1726'36.05" N 7822'33.89" E

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5.
"Hamburger Rock", near Telecom Nagar, Gachibowli.

Impressive single formation; access only through NITHM Compound.

Coordinates: 1725'49.10" N 7821'47.92" E

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6.
Rock on which Dargah Pahar-e-Shareef is situated Pahar-e-Shareef.

Extensive hill with historical dargah; impressive formations mostly in dargah; appr.15 km south of Charminar.

Coordinates (dargah): 1716'02.79" N 7828'18.54" E

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7.
United-We-Stand Rock Gachibowli.

Single formation; access only through Urdu University.

Coordinates: 1725'17.32" N 7822'12.84" E

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8.
Pathar Dil Rock, Gachibowli.

Single formation; access through in the Urdu University.

Coordinates: 1725'23.61" 7822'12.86" E

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9.
Rock on which Dattatreva Temple is situated, Asif Nagar.

Access to the temple by steps, good view of city, difficult to find access in densely populated area.

Coordinates: 1723'05.94" N 7827'11.76" E

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10.
Allahbanda Hill, Sitaram Bagh.

Extensive hill with a few good rock formations, from the north difficult to find access in densely populated area, ask locals; access from the south via Gangabowli; for general orientation see also Dattatreya sketch.

Coordinates: 1722'48.89"N 7827'16.05"E

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11.
Gangabowli-ka-Pahar, Gangabowli.

Small steep path from Lodh Bhavan to hill top; for general orientation see also Dattatreya sketch.

Coordinates: 1722'41.51"N 7827'22.76"E

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12.
Rocks around Dargah Ghar-e-Mubarak etc., near Taramati Baradari.

Moslem prayer hall inside the rocky ridge; behind Taramati Baradari, impressive formations; access from Pranava School by jeepable road, from Hyder Shakot partly asphalted road; good walking and climbing possibilities.

Coordinates (Dargah): 1722'11.26" N 7822'03.96" E

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13.
Rocks around Piran Shah Wali Dargah, near AP Police Academy.

Small but impressive rock site with ancient dargah and small mosque; not much walking and climbing possibilities.

Coordinates (Dargah): 1721'18.28" N 7822'05.32" E

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14.
Rock formations around Shamirpet Lake, Shamirpet.

a) Venkateshwara Gutta Extensive hillock with a temple in the rocks; many possibilities for walking, climbing, bouldering; highly recommended for rock outings. ~ 30 km from St. Anns.

Coordinates (temple): 1737'54" N 7833'13" E

b) Deer Park A few impressive formations towards the lake side; permission by Forest Department needed to enter the area.

Coordinates (Entrance): 1735'55" N 7833'30" E

c) Reserved Forest Scattered formation throughout the huge area.

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15.
Rocky Ridge behind Malkam Cheruvu, near Sheikpet.

High rock formations; not very extensive; difficult access, Cheruvu only for the adventurous.

Coordinates: 1724'57" N 7822'54"E

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3 Sites had been proposed in the Secunderabad Cantonment area and, Since not under HMDA (formely HUDA) Jurisdiction, have to be protected by the Cantonment administration.

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Citizens' Initiatives for Preservation
Citizens have taken their own steps to express their love and admiration for our granite rocks by preserving rock formations in their properties, even inside their houses.

Narendra Luther's Wall of Rock in his house in Banjara Hills.

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N. Luther's Rock extends into Rahul's Flat on the first floor of the house.

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Rock in Road No. 32, Jubilee Hills

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The gods like to dwell in or on the rocks. One can find innumerable shrines, from small one-stone places of worship to big temples in and amongst many rocks, and dargahs and chillas as well.
Mahakali Temple in Golconda Fort, built into the rocks

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Also, more and more landscaped rock gardens are emerging near company buildings who are aware of the great asset they possess in the beautiful natural rockscape around them.



 

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