Monday, 29 February 2016

Golconda A Fort with a soul

Do forts have a soul?
Can the forts speak to you?
Even though in ruins for last 400 years, can a fort still inspire you?

This is precisely what Golconda Fort does to you. Located in Hyderabad, it leaves you mesmerised during the day and spell-bound during the night! For those who haven't been there, it is a 450-year old fort built during the Qutab Shahi dynasty during 1518-1687 AD. Known for its amazing acoustics engineering, a hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance 
         
reverberates and can be heard clearly at the 'Bala Hissar' pavilion

the highest point almost a kilometer away. This worked as a 

warning note to the royals in case of an attack.


Ghumakkad visited the fort after a decade or so. But the magic remains. Let the picture story convey the impact.

Thank you Syed bhai for your immense knowledge and fantastic sense of humour.

The fort has been made disabled-friendly by constructing ramps and walkways for visitors in wheel chair. See the picture below. Of course, visitors without any disability prefer to take the ramp instead of stairs, as you can see!

Fateh Darwaza फतह दरवाज़ा - the Victory Gate stands tall even today with intricate carvings made by both Hindu and Muslim artisans!
















The ruins at the fort reminds us of Elizabeth Gilbert's lines, "Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation".







Here is a short 15-seconds video clip recorded after the sound and light show just to capture the mood there. Have a look.


The four grand parents who relished every bit of the Fort together. 

Hope you enjoyed the picture story. If you haven't been there, do it sooner! All you need is a pair of walking shoes and a sun hat. Happy walking!

If you want to see more pictures of Golconda fort, click Eshaan Girri's story here.

Thanks for browsing,

    -Harsh-the-Ghumakkad with Neeta Bhargava/ 29th Feb 2016