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It’s been awhile since I wrote about the places I visited, and I think it’s about time to add some posts about it. As I was browsing the old travel photos I had in my laptop, I discovered that I have some pictures of a fort in Hyderabad, the city which I grew fond of, it’s the Golkonda Fort.

The History
According to the tablet located at the gate of Golkonda Fort, Golkonda derives its name from the Telugu word “Golla Konda” which means a shepherd’s hill. Initially, the fort was under the control of Kakatiyas but passed into the hands of Bahamanis in A.D.1363. After their downfall, it as made capital in A.D. 1518 by Sultan Quli, the founder of the Qutub Shahi Kingdom. He was succeeded by Jamshid (1543-1550), Ibrahim Qutub Shahi (1550-1580), Muhammad Quli Qutub Shahi (1580-1612), Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah (162-1626), Abdullah Qutub Shah (1626-1672).

What’s Inside
The massive fort with three-tiered fortification protected by a moat and eight entrance gates played a remarkable role in the medieval Deccan. The Golkonda Fort, with its impregnable citadel is characterised by armouries, magazines, granaries, reservoirs, mosques, and well-planned township and above all an immaculate water supply system. Some of the important structures of Golkonda include Balahissar, Clapping Portico, Mortuary bath, Silai khana, Nagina Bagh, Taramati Mosque, guard lines, Akkanna-Madanna offices, Ramadas jail, Durbar hall, Ambar khana, Ibrahim mosque, and Baradari on the summit.

 

The Experience
Golkonda Fort is a good place to spend an afternoon or at most, a day in where one can learn a bit of a history of Hyderabad. Majority of the fort has been restored though there are still some areas where restoration are required. Basically, the structures mentioned above were the restored ones though I believe that on top of the fort, there are still some rooms and places that may have the same importance as the ones listed above but perhaps they lack funds to do restore them.

My favourites in Golkonda Fort are:  the Clapping Portico – a sort of giant intercom, I think;  Nagina Bagh – a relaxing place to eat and spend an afternoon; Taramati mosque and Ibrahim mosque – quite amazing designs and architecture, and of course the water system – I must say, really ingenious, actually, fascinating.

One must have the energy to walk to enjoy Golkonda Fort, so not really the best place for people who have difficulty walking. Also, it is better to bring your own food to snack on.

Hyderabad doesn’t only offer the famous biryani, but also several best places to visit in the country; and for a day-outing, Golkonda Fort is a perfect place for lazing around . So if you chance to be in Hyderabad, why not spend an afternoon in Golkonda Fort.

Here are some of the information you may need:
Address: Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana
Timings: 9AM-5:30PM
Entrance fee: Free

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