It’s been around two months since we moved to Hyderabad but hadn’t gotten the chance to explore this city of Nawabs & everything Nawabi until yesterday.
The weather has been pretty much pleasant here so we decided to visit the Golkonda Fort & it was definitely a Sunday well spent.
Sharing a few things about the Fort:
The Golkonda Fort was built by the Kakatiyas in 945 CE-970 CE and it took around 63 years in the completion of its construction, spreading across good 11 km.
Golkonda Fort consists of four distinct forts with a 10 km long outer wall with 87 semicircular bastions (some still mounted with cannons), eight gateways, and four drawbridges, with a number of royal apartments & halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables, etc. inside.
The lowest of these is the outermost enclosure into which we enter by the “Fateh Darwaza” (Victory gate, so called after Aurangzeb’s triumphant army marched in through this gate) studded with giant iron spikes (to prevent elephants from battering them down) near the south-eastern corner.
At Fateh Darwaza, a fantastic acoustic effect can be experienced, characteristic of the engineering marvels at Golkonda. A hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance reverberates and can be heard clearly at the ‘Bala Hisar’ pavilion, the highest point almost a kilometer away. This worked as a warning note to the royals in case of an attack.
The Fort is supposed have stored the famous diamonds such as the Kohinoor & Hope diamond. The area had been famous for its diamond mines & the gardens of the fort hosted diamond markets in which traders & merchants from all across the world indulged in diamond business.
I really liked how well planned the fort is, from the guest welcome area to the mortuary bath, to ‘Raani-Mahal’ or the 8 km long secret passage for escape to the Charminar, everything. It’s an architectural & engineering delight.
It’s definitely worth a visit & do take a guide along for they’ll tell you all the historical stories & events related to it, be it the story of Ramadas Prison or the siege of Aurangzeb.
Now a few pics of the fort & also what I wore ( how can we not talk about that) :
( What I Wore: Bershka top, thrifted wrapover skirt, Sling on sandals from local store in Delhi, Asos sunnies, BCBGeneration satchel, bangles from SN market, neckpiece online)
There’s always a lot to travel, to explore, see places, whenever you can !
Much Love !