Like it or not, the hi-tech city did not impress me immediately – I was put off by the irksome pollution and chaos on the streets. I was highly skeptical about Hyderabad – whether it has something for me or not! No two ways about it that it’s a foodie’s paradise. If you are here, the famous lip-smacking Hyderabadi biryani has to be on your menu. But other than that, I was wondering if there was anything to delight me as a tourist.
Sure, there is Charminar – the old Hyderabad. However, what really caught my attention was the 13th century Golkonda Fort. I was pretty amazed by its architectural beauty. It made me think that there are so many forts and palaces in Rajasthan and other places in the country, which are so talked about, and here we have this stupendous fort, which is quite unsung! In a way, I thought it’s good that it’s not talked about as much as others – the less talked about retains its charisma more genuinely.
|Map of Golkonda Fort|
The fort has got some of the most charming ruins left by the bygone era. Once you come here, there’s rich history to unveil, many facets to it that will leave you intrigued – one of them is that Golkonda was a major hub for diamonds and precious gems. There was a time when it was known to be a major source of wealth.
Take a guide to learn about the fort or simply follow your own heart! Personally, I like to just explore little nuances of a place on my own. I don’t really believe in taking a guide’s bookish insights.