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Golconda-The historic fort near Hyderabad

Updated on January 26, 2012

Visit the Beautiful Fort

Golconda is on the outskirts of famous Hyderabad city, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, in South India.It is just about 20 kilometers from the bus terminus of that city.It is one of the beautifully preserved forts in India.Hyderabad has many beautiful spots including famous Salarjung Museum, to visit. Golconda fort is one more worthyspot to visit for those who visit the city.

Meaning

The name Golconda is originally a Telugu word. Telugu is the beautiful, musical language of Andhra.Original form of the word is 'GOLLA KONDA'.Golla means sheperd or cattle watcher.Konda means-hill.AS the hiil was once used to graze sheeps and cows, the name got attached to it.

Kakatiya Kings

This place was under the rule of Kakatiya kings, an important dynasty that ruled Andhra. But late the regime of Bahamani kings was there in Golconda from 1363 to 1518 A.D.Sultan Quli and other six his successors of Qutub Shahi dynasty ruled from this place from 1518 to1687.

Among these, first three kings erected the fortin 62 years.It was complete in 1580 A.D.Palaces asnd other bulidings were strengthend and beautified and many different buildings were constructeed till 1587.

BHAGYA NAGAR OR HYDERABAD

iN1587, Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah laid the foundation for the city by the side of this fort. He named it Bhag Nagar, Showing his love for his Hindu wife-Bhagmathi.That is present hyderabad.

This fort is Eight kilometers in circumference. It has eight gateways.It has 48 tunnels.There are 87 turrets and pails. The fort had excellent echoing system which was then used as message passing system Even now you can experience it as the guides will show you the system.

 Golconda fort=A panoramic view inside
Golconda fort=A panoramic view inside

Palaces and mosques

Inside the fort, in that vast area, many palaces and mosques are seen. They are now ruined but still the guides there will explain youeach part. The court hall, queens' palaces,prisons, gardens, office chambers, etc, are all visible.The water supply sustem and the message passing system. secret pathways to escape out during emergencies, are all exqusitely fine.

Please visit this fort when you visit Hyderabad. It is different from many forts in north India. Hyderabad has many interesting tourist spots and you shlould not miss this one.

For technical reasons, It is not possible to add photoes now. But, they will be added soon

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    • lex123 profile image

      lex123 

      7 years ago

      Recently I visited Hyd and also visited many tourist places there, including this great Fort. It is highly beautiful and impressive.

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      AR 

      8 years ago

      Anuradha Reddy is now Convenor INTACH HYDERABAD CHAPTER

    • lizy22 profile image

      lizy22 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for this detail information about Golconda Fort Hyderabad. Your hub is very interesting and informative........keep posting.........thanks

    • ratnaveera profile image

      ratnaveera 

      9 years ago from Cumbum

      Dear Jain, Thanks for your great information about the fort Golconda in Hydrabad. This Hub will make any one to visit there who has interest in historical places. Thanks also for adding the history of the place.

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      9 years ago from Tumkur

      Madam,

      I do not have much information about that right now.But much progress has not taken place about that till now.I shall searchFor that and inform you later.

    • madhavisb profile image

      madhavisb 

      9 years ago from New Delhi

      Hi Prasad

      the last time I heard there was a rumbling among the bureaucrats and Intach about Golconda Fort and the Qutub Shahi Tombs are being explored for the chances that they might get nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Has there been any progress after the UNESCO chaps visited in July. Is Shravan Kumar still the Convenor, INTACH Hyderabad?

      Would be greatly interested to know who is researching the paper for the nomination.

      thanks

      Madhavi

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