Ivanka visits Golconda Fort

Ivanka visits Golconda Fort
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One of the noted historical sites -- Golconda Fort in Hyderabad has got world’s attention again. US President Donald Trump’s daughter and his advisor Ivanka Trump visited the historical monument constructed in the 16th century in the city.

Hyderabad: One of the noted historical sites -- Golconda Fort in Hyderabad has got world’s attention again. US President Donald Trump’s daughter and his advisor Ivanka Trump visited the historical monument constructed in the 16th century in the city. Accompanied by top officials of Telangana state and those of the US, she spent more than 40 minutes on the premises of the fort. Ivanka had a private lunch before reaching the fort.

Golconda is located 11 km away from Hyderabad city. It was the capital of the sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (1518 to 1687). The region was surrounded by its mines which had produced famous gems such as the Koh-i-Noor. The fort also figured in the list of proposed world heritage sites prepared by UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Ahead of her visit to the fort, US security agencies and the local police barred the entry of tourists and made tight security arrangements. Police also imposed restrictions on vehicular traffic in the surroundings till she left the fort.

Ivanka also visited the stalls established by women self-help groups and handlooms weavers from Telangana in the fort area where Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao hosted a dinner to domestic and foreign delegates attending the three-day World Entrepreneurship Summit.

She also visited the famous ‘Rani Mahal’ in the fort which was one of the magnificent pieces of architecture in the country. Ivanka was accorded warm welcome by a group of Telangana folk artistes at the entrance of the fort. A short film on the historical construction and a digital film on Telnagana culture were also screened to help Ivanka understand the lifestyles of Telangana people at a glance.

Earlier, she planned to pay a visit to another historical structure Charminar, the symbol of Hyderabad in the Old City. However, Ivanka dropped the plan due to security reasons. Originally, the Golconda fort was built with mud by Kakatiya kings. It was ceded to the Bahamani kings in 1365. With the decline of the Bahamani in 1518, Sultan Quli declared independence and founded the Qutub Shahi dynasty, which ruled the region up to 1687 when it fell to the Mughal invasion.

To revive the glory of the historical monument, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao shifted the venue for the conduct of Independence Day celebrations by the state government to Golconda from Parade Grounds after the formation of the Telangana state. The fort was also one of the favourite tourist destination for international tourists.

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