Golkunda Fort, Hyderabad

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Flag of India  , Andhra Pradesh,
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I haven't visited very many places in my homeland of India.  I have a yearning to see so much more.  It's clear to me that this place is so incredibly rich in culture and a deep spiritual history and every oppurtinity I have to see parts of this country, I AM OFF!!!  OK, that being said til date, I have to say that this place, GOLKUNDA FORT, has been one of my favorite places on this planet. Despite the ruins, if you have the ability to use your imagination to fill in the blanks of destruction, don't miss it.  I have been here before in 2006 with my husband and children.  I loved it then, but this time, I am seeing through the perspective of my camera lens.  And how amazing it was.  I had a totally different exprerience of the relic.  In fact, I saw beauty where I didn't see it before.  Perhaps you can see this in a few of the uploaded photos.  

It should be known this old fort has it's origins traced to the old Yadava Hindu dynasty and then the Kakatiya kingdom of Warangal, before the occupation of the Persians and then Mughals.  There is no evidence of any history of Golkunda preceding 1364 A.D.  Maybe not very old in terms of Indian history,  but still....that's is OLD!!  And you can feel it.  

I am not going to give you a verbal walk-thru of the entire fort, you can see for yourself in the small selection of photos I have uploaded.  The only commentary I would like to express is a little disappointment in idiotic local tourists who carve their names and initials in 500 year old mortar of the Darbar Hall that sits atop the hill or those who think the ancient and marvelous water tanks are a large garbage bin for their plastic water bottles.  Forget that, what about simply throwing trash wherever they feel like it (this is evident in a few of the photos I am showing you here).  After expressing this to our guide and questioning the security in this historic monument he explained that even if there is a large dustbin in front of their faces, they will throw their trash and empty water bottles all over the ground.  This is disturbing.  This is a clear example of the degradation of society today and how human population is going from inclusion to exclusion.  We would take care of anything that we find is a part of ourselves.  We wouldn't throw trash or spit on that which we consider a part of ourselves.  OK, enough of my soap box.....
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