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Golconda Fort, a chief attraction of Hyderabad city, is situated towards the western outskirts of Hyderabad at a distance of about 11 km from the city centre.
The word ‘Golconda’ originated from ‘Golla Konda’ which stands for ‘Shepherd’s Hill’ in Telugu. Golconda Fort came under the control of many dynasties like Yadava Dynasty, Kakatiya Dynasty, Bahmani Dynasty, Qutb Shahis and Mughal Dynasty.
Golconda Fort was first constructed of mud by the rulers of Kakatiya Dynasty in the 13th century. It was later re-built in granite by the first three Qutb Shahis, which took about 62 years to complete. Golconda Fort was under the control of Qutb Shahis from 1518 AD to 1687 AD. Later, the Mughals invaded Golconda Fort and the fort was brought to ruins.
The boundary wall of Golconda Fort that towers to a height of about 120 meters covers about 10 km. There are four small forts inside Golconda Fort which comprise of armoury, temples, mosques, stables, etc.
The fort has 8 gates (Darwazas) of which the most important is 'Fateh Darwaza’. Fateh Darwaza or the Victory Gate is also the entry point to the fort. It is famous for its acoustic effects, which was an effective security measure in those days. It is said that the sound of clapping of hands at Fateh Darwaza can be heard clearly at ‘Bala Hissar’, the highest point situated about 1 km away in Golconda Fort.
The main features of Golconda Fort are its royal palaces, efficient water supply system, and whispering walls. Fateh Rahben gun, a cannon used by Aurangzeb to demolish the blockades of Golconda Fort, is an important exhibit of this fort.
There is an old tree in Golconda Fort which is about 800 years old. This tree is about 80 feet in circumference and can accommodate up to 12 people in the hollow in the middle. The Fort holds a Light and Sound Show in which the story of Golconda Fort is narrated.
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