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  • The Shahi Citadel of Hyderabad: Golconda Fort!

    Minna Bansal
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  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    A trip to Hyderabad cannot be complete without a visit to the historic Golconda Fort! Located 11km away from the main city, this ancient citadel and fortress was the capital of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. It's name literally means 'round shaped hill'!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    Having heard that it is a UNESCO world heritage site and a treasured archaeological building in our history, I was quite excited to see it in the flesh! We had heard that the complex actually consists of 4 different forts, surrounded by a 10km long wall. I couldn't wait!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    Located on top of a hill to provide ample warning of oncoming danger,we climbed up long flights of stairs to enter through one of the 8 doors of the fort. The boundary walls were 15 to 18 feet high, and we were told that iron spikes on the gate were for protection from elephants!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    I was amazed that this majestic fort is made primarily out of mud, and has been still standing 800 years later! As an architect this was very fascinating. It was a pleasure to walk through the series of arched hallways, marvelling at the technique of building!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    The citadel complex is vast, and standing at one of the higher spots, we could see the city of Hyderabad spanning below! The granite hill which it is built on is 400km high, and we could see the temples, mosques, gateways, stables, royal apartments and homes spread out below 😱
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    We made a visit to the Qutb Shahi tombs which are located close to the Golconda fort complex, housing tombs of the kings of that dynasty. They were built in typical Persian style on a square base with a dome in the center, surrounded by pointed arches. They were well maintained!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    Our guide explained that once upon a time, the domes used to be overlaid with blue and green tiles, but now only a few remained. It was fascinating to know the history of the dynasty, and the tombs had the sarcophagus in the center of the whole structure. Slightly disconcerting!
  • Amer Fort
    Amer Fort
    The architectural style of the tombs was typical Islamic architecture, and was a fabulous display of splendid and detailed craftsmanship. 2 or 3 hours is the minimum time one would need to explore this place, but it wouldn't be hard to spend several days either!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    Islamic architecture is very well known for its complex geometry and advances in maths and physics, and Golconda fort did not disappoint! Along with the genius of construction detail, the artistic elements were not neglected either, and there was something to please everyone!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    Next we reached the Badshahi Hamam, which is where the body of the king was washed before burial. It is the oldest structure in the complex, and the bathhouse has 12 small baths. We could see the water channels and platforms still intact after all these years!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    Our guide did not hesitate to tell us that the history of the fort is fraught with mysterious happenings. Legend is that there used to be a secret underground tunnel leading from the Durbar hall to a palace at the foot of the hill. I wondered how many more secrets the fort hid!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    The walk around the perimeter walls of the fort was a pleasure, with the turrets and bastions on the wall offering perfect frames of the city below. I took a pause at several places to just enjoy the scene below, as many soldiers may have done in the past 😊
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    The design of the fort was just genius! With water channeling facilities very advanced for that time, it also had clever ventilation methods to ensure cool fresh air was entering even the deepest pockets of the fort. I wondered if we would match the ancient genius of that time!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    Water tanks acted as reservoirs during times of emergency, and my guess is that they were used recreationally as well. I could imagine the hub of activity taking place around these water bodies, especially during hot summer days. I knew I was thankful for the coolness of water!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    What I found most fascinating was the way acoustics and sound was used as a defence mechanism in the fort complex! Several places had such genius engineering, that claps, whispers or echoes could be heard more than a kilometre away, warning the royals of coming enemy attacks!
  • Golconda Fort
    Golconda Fort
    All in all, Golconda fort is a must visit. Its lush green gardens provide a contrast to the austere brown walls, and along with being an engineering marvel, it is a beautiful glimpse into a rich period of Indian history 😊

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