Oct 15, 2013

Golconda Fort


It is said that Golconda gets its name from Golla Konda or Shepherd's hill. Discovered by a shepherd boy in the 13th century, a simple mud fort was built on the hill by the reigning Hindu Kakatiya ruler. About a century later, Alauddin Hassan Bahman Shah revolted against the Delhi Sultanate and founded the Bahmani Sultanate, the first Muslim kingdom of the Deccan with Gulbarga, and later Bidar, as its capital. In the 16th century, Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk, soldier and scholar in the Bahmani court, was sent by the then Bahmani Sultan to Golconda as a governor. He established his base here, strengthened and expanded the existing mud fort and assumed independence from Bidar. That marked the beginning of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. Read about the rise and fall of the dynasty here.

With that brief background out of the way, here are some glimpses of the fort on a sunny morning.

11 comments:

  1. Seeing the 'Greener' side of Golconda fort for the first time...Beautiful images.

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    1. Thank you Shrithi :) Golconda is at its greenest if you go during or right after the rainy season :)

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  2. Beautiful pics! The fort resembles a bit to the ones in rajasthan no?

    But beautiful construction and planning, thanks for sharing this :)

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    1. Thank you deejthtraveller! Reg Rajasthan - you think so? Possible, although I guess it is quite typical of the architecture of the Deccan Sultanates.

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  3. Wow! The rains have really brought out the best of this fort. I wonder if you have any images of Naya Quillah and the Baobab tree. I've taken some the last time I was there, but none as well-composed as yours.

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    1. Thank you Ajit! No, I don't have pics yet of the Naya Quillah and the Baobab tree.

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  4. clean and a lot of sky.. love it

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    1. Excellent pics, so colourful. The Golconda fort has so many stories to tell.

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    2. Excellent pics, so colourfull . The Golconda Fort has so many stories to tell.

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  5. the beauty of goconda fort can be seen in these pics,they are really beautiful,keep it up and your posts are really good

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