It is said that Golconda gets its name from Golla Konda or Shepherd's hill. Discovered by a shepherd boy in the 13th century, a simple mud fort was built on the hill by the reigning Hindu Kakatiya ruler. About a century later, Alauddin Hassan Bahman Shah revolted against the Delhi Sultanate and founded the Bahmani Sultanate, the first Muslim kingdom of the Deccan with Gulbarga, and later Bidar, as its capital. In the 16th century, Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk, soldier and scholar in the Bahmani court, was sent by the then Bahmani Sultan to Golconda as a governor. He established his base here, strengthened and expanded the existing mud fort and assumed independence from Bidar. That marked the beginning of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. Read about the rise and fall of the dynasty here.
With that brief background out of the way, let me share some glimpses of the Golconda Fort that I shot on a sunny morning.