Golkonda or Golla konda (shepherd’s hill) a ruined city of south-central India and capital of ancient Kingdom of Golkonda, is situated 11 km west of Hyderabad.
ORIGIN OF GOLKONDA FORT
Golkonda was originally built by the Kakatiya dynasty. However, the most important builder of Golkonda was Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah Wali, the fourth Qutub king of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Ibrahim was following in the spirit of his ancestors, the Qutub Shahi kings, a great family of builders who had ruled the kingdom of Golkonda from 1512. Their first capital, the fortress citadel of Golkonda, was rebuilt for defense from invading Mughals from the north. They laid out Golkonda’s splendid monuments, now in ruins, and designed a perfect acoustical system by which a hand clap sounded at the fort’s main gates, the grand portico, was heard at the top of the citadel, situated on a 300-foot (91 m)-high granite hill. This is one of the fascinating features of the fort.
THE BEAUTY OF GOLKONDA FORT
Golconda is more than just the Fort; it’s a little city in itself. Enter the huge iron gates, rusted in place for centuries, and you’ll discover a community with its own schools, cafes and wedding halls. This was, after all, the original kingdom before Hyderabad. And where a shepherd boy once found a magic idol, there now stands a crumbling fort.
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