Golconda Fort: A Trip Down History Lane!
Golconda Fort is located in the western part of Hyderabad city. The name of the fort originated from the Telugu word, ‘Golla Konda’, which means the ‘hill of shepherds’. Once these hills were used for grazing sheep and cows and hence the name. During the reign of the Kakatiya dynasty of Warangal in 1143 AD, these hills were known as Mangalavaram. One day a shepherd boy saw an idol on the hill. He informed Raja Prathap Rudra Dev, the Kakatiya king of that time, about the sighting. The king constructed a small mud fort around the idol. Descendants of his dynasty expanded the fort. It was the commencement of the Golkonda fort...