Golkonda Fort in Andhra Pradesh
Golkonda, also known as Golconda or Golla konda, a ruined city of Southern India and capital of ancient Golconda Sultanate (c.1518–1687), is situated 11 km west of Hyderabad. It is also a mandal of Hyderabad District. The region is universally famous for the mines that have produced the world’s most famous and coveted gems, including The Hope Diamond, Idol’s Eye, The Koh-i-Noor and Darya-i-Noor. 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 an 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. They ruled over most of present day Andhra Pradesh before the British Raj. After transferring Northern Circars to the British, they ruled the Telangana region and some parts of present day Karnataka and Maharashtra.