I do not believe in half-hearted trips. While in Hyderabad, I had come well-prepared with all my information about the various places that were worth visiting in the city. So for the sightseeing options, the first and foremost place that I wanted to visit was the Golconda Fort, Hyderabad. Golconda is also known as Golla Konda, which means Shepherd’s Hill. As the erstwhile capital of the Golconda Sultanate, this fort finds its location 11 kilometers away from Hyderabad in the western direction and is more famous because of the various priceless diamonds that were once a part of the vault of the Golconda Fort.
Based on the fort plan of the Vijayawada’s Kondapalli Fort, this fort was constructed for the western defenses of the Kakatiyas. The place was at its zenith when it was the capital in the 16th century of the Qutub Shahi Kingdom. The Qutubs expanded the fort and were patrons of the flourishing diamond trade, which was the focal point of the fort. Just as the Bahmani Sultanate lost its hold over the Golconda region to the Qutub Dynasty, in the same manner the Qutubs lost Golconda to the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. Apart from this historical and political lineage, the city and the fort of Golconda is also known for the diamond trade, which was because of the vicinity of the diamond mines from where the famous Kohinoor diamond and the Hope diamonds were found. We entered the Fort through the Fateh Darwaza and I desperately wanted to check the acoustic effect first hand. A clap sound at this point reverberated to the highest point of the fort, which was unique to the fort designed to warn against potential army. Such was the architectural prowess of the fort!
There was a world of other things that could be seen at the Golconda Fort, Hyderabad. I checked out the fort adorned with impregnable walls, mosques, temples, magazines, stables and royal rooms, so much still remained to be covered in such a little time, which I felt pressed for time. Since I had to proceed to the Charminar Hyderabad, I decided to wrap up at the Fort.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!