2 days in Hyderabad – Part 3

We landed on a Sunday at 11 am. We then went to Secunderabad Club, where our relative had organised our stay. After lunch, we went to Snow World. Abhishek was very keen to experience snow, and short of taking him to Kashmir, I guess this was the next best option. I stayed out. The queues were long, but the experience was good.

The next stop was Golcanda Fort. A bit from Wikipedia: “The most important builder of Golkonda was Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah Wali, the fourth Qutub king of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Ibrahim was following in the spirit of his ancestors, the Qutub Shahi kings, a great family of builders who had ruled the kingdom of Golkonda from 1512. Their first capital, the fortress citadel of Golkonda, was rebuilt for defense from invading Mughals from the north. They laid out Golkonda’s splendid monuments, now in ruins, and designed a perfect acoustical system by which a hand clap sounded at the fort’s main gates, the grand portico, was heard at the top of the citadel, situated on a 300-foot (91 m)-high granite hill. This is one of the fascinating features of the fort.”

We engaged a tour guide and spent an hour walking up, down and around the fort. Without a guide, we would have been totally lost to the amazing history of the fort. We then stayed back for the light-and-sound show, but that got a bit boring towards the end, and so we left early.

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Rajesh Jain

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