It’s believed that the historic Golconda Fort in Hyderabad once governed the fate and destiny of the southern India. Located to the west of the city, the fort evoked awe for its extensive and elevated fortifications. It originally belonged to the Kakatiyas of Warangal before being ceded to the Baihmanis in the 13th century AD. Later, it served as the capital of the Qutb Shahi kings during 15and 16th century AD.
In 1687, Aurangazeb annexed Golconda Fort to the Moghal Empire and in later years, it was in the possessions of the Nizams. Built on a 400 feet high wall, the fort was considered the biggest in the Deccan plateau region. During the medieval times, the fort was home to a lavish township famous the world over for trade in gems and diamonds.
Such was the fame of the Golconda Fort during medieval times that erstwhile celebrated foreigners – like the famed Italian Marco Polo – testified it. The fort had several buildings and an advanced water system and the most popular of them all, a signaling device with acoustic property. So, once in Hyderabad, take some time out and visit this famous fort and revisit the past.