Objective: To connect the History units on the types of Government subtopic the ‘Monarchy: rule of kings & kingdoms’ and geographical excavations the field trip to Golconda Fort was organized for the Geckos of Grade 6 and 7.
Students Actions and Learnings: Geckos were very enthusiastic and excited to go on this trip. They explored the fort running through the steep rough terrains of the hill and the corridors of the ruins of what once was a royal splendor. Students reflected on the vast palatial expanse of the Monument and the marvels of the fort construction. They were fascinated by the clapping patio which is known for its advanced acoustics communication technique “with a sound of a calp you could intimate the arrival of guest or enemy to the highest point of the fort the ‘Balahisar’”.Students admired the the architectural ruins that has lasted it’s time from 13th century till date and still standing strong. As they walked through the main entrance door they observed the excavated materials such as coins, metal equipments, pottery works etc. This very existence of the fort brings history to life. They weaved an imaginary story based on the history of “Pratap Rudra II” the Kakatiya king who built the fort and on the lifestyle led by “Quli Qutub Shahi” families touring through the Rani mahal, Rangeen mahal, Nagena gardens, Camel Stables, the carvings left in Ramdas prison etc.. Geckos learnt that the Historic fort served as the administrative office and defence base as it sits on a high hilly boulder ‘Balahisar’ that not only gives a panoramic view of the entire city along circumference of 7 km radius spread of its borders and gates. But it also gives a vantage point with infaillible defenses to protect the fort that has never come under any enemy attack except Aurangzeb who was determined to conquer Golconda. As much as our Geckos were proud to be a part of their country’s rich heritage they were disappointed by the community that has the most valuable asset at its disposal left to ruin with trash and poor maintenance of the monument with walls distorted by graffitee, horrible odor emitted by the feces deposited from pigeon and bat poop. Although, govt has appointed staff and posted signs to keep the premises clean; local visitors instead of preserving, recklessly ignore the signs and drop plastic wraps, food and mess up the valuable asset. Our Geckos came back with these understanding and made a report and wrote an essay on their field trip.
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