Golconda Fort

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Floohoo Travels offer you the best Golconda Fort Tour Packages. Book Golconda Fort Holiday Packages from a wide range of packages based on your interests and needs. Golconda Fort was built towards the end of the 10th century, perhaps in 1143 AD, before the rulers of the ancient kingdom of Golconda, who called themselves the Kakatiya, rose to any significant regional prominence.  Legend has it that a shepherd boy discovered an idol in the area and reported it to his king who subsequently had a mud fort built around the idol in deference. He named it Golla Konda, or Shepherd's Hill, and it protected his western borders.  Pratapa Rudra, a descendant to the old king, later strengthened it. The Kakatiyas, however, lost the fort to the Musunuri Nayaks who later ceded it to the Bahmani Sultanate as part of a peace treaty in 1364.

After the victory of the Bahmani Sultanate, the fort became an important capital and provincial seat of administration and power.  However, it was destined to be a battleground once again, and the Qutb Shahi rulers wrested it from the Bahmani Kingdom. Constantly strengthened between the 14th and 16th centuries, the fort, under three Qutb Shahi rulers, finally transformed into a towering, solid and impregnable structure that encompassed four distinct forts and dominated a 120 metre granite hill, and it was defined by enormous ramparts.  Inspired by the Kondapalli Fortress, the 10-foot high granite walls were elevated to a height of 34 feet with 87 bastions girding the walls.  The outer wall was the first defence against attack, and it measures 7 kilometres and is mounted with cannons.  There were 8 gateways, 4 drawbridges, and there were a number of military fortifications and royal residences, stables, magazines, temples, mosques, stores, and a water supply system.

The Golconda Fort alongside the might of the Qutb Shahi proved too formidable to ignore for Emperor Aurangzeb, and he became determined lay siege to the fort - finally winning the battle in 1687 AD.  With no interest in consolidating his hard won and expensive victories in the Deccan, Aurangzeb turned back to Delhi and the once majestic Golconda Fort fell into ruins, only watched over by the tombs of seven Qutub Shahi rulers nearby.

At the Fateh Darwaza, or the Gate of Victory, it is possible to experience the sentry's warning signal of an imminent attack.  A single clap of the hands at a particular point at the entrance below the dome, can be heard with startling clarity at the highest point of the fort which is a kilometre away.

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