Warangal is a cotton market town, 141 km north-east of Hyderabad. It was the capital of the Kakatiya kingdom which covered most of present-day Andhra Pradesh in the 12th and 13th centuries until it was conquered by the Tughlaqs of Delhi in 1323. The Hindu Kakatiyas were great patrons of the arts and during their reign the Chalukyan style of temple architecture reached its pinnacle. Like other Deccan cities, control fluctuated between Hindus and Muslims and a number of monuments were destroyed in the fighting. You can still see the impressive Warangal Fort and the `1,000 pillar’ Shiva temple on the nearby Hanamakonda Hill. If you make an early start, it is possible to visit Warangal in a day trip from Hyderabad.