Ivanka Trump visits Golconda Fort

Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor of US President Donald Trump, on Wednesday visited historic Golconda Fort here.

Accompanied by US Ambassador to India Ken Juster, India’s Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna and other officials, she went around the sprawling fort as the local officials briefed her about its history, the significance of different parts and also its unique acoustic system.

The fort was the capital of the Qutub Shahi kingdom from 1518 to 1687.

On the second and last day of her visit to this city to attend Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), Ivanka visited the fort located about 15 km from the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), the venue of the summit.

After attending a session in the morning on the second day, Ivanka went back to Trident Hotel, where she is staying.

US security agencies and the local police had made security arrangements. The fort was closed for tourists and police imposed restrictions on traffic in the surroundings.

The Telangana government is also hosting a dinner for the GES guests at the Golconda Fort on Wednesday. However, Ivanka did not attend that dinner.

She was earlier expected to visit the Charminar, symbol of Hyderabad located in the old city. The plans, however, were dropped on security grounds, police sources said.

Since all the security arrangements were already in place at the fort for the dinner, the security agencies cleared the proposal for a sightseeing tour of the fort.

Ivanka on Tuesday attended dinner hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday at Taj Falaknuma, the palace hotel in the old city.

Meanwhile, the US Ambassador tweeted about Ivanka’s visit to the fort. He also posted few pictures.

“Hyderabad is an extraordinary city that highlights India’s rich culture and history. Visiting the beautiful #GolcondaFort today was a real treat for this history and photography enthusiast. Thank you @jontyhyd for this educational tour!#IncredibleIndia,” he tweeted.

Hyderabad, Nov 29 (IANS)