Golconda Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must see in Hyderabad. It was originally founded in the 13th century by the Kakatiyas but expanded by the Qutb Shahi kings. It is a massive granite fort built on a 400 foot hill with a circumference of 7 km.
I highly recommend getting a licensed guide at the entrance (about Rs 500) and making the climb to the highest point, Bala Hissar. (Our guide was extremely informative.) It is not a steep climb and took us less than 30 minutes with short photo stops along the way. Along the way there are a few lookout areas (overlooking the entire city), a Mosque, and a Hindu Temple, Mankal. There is also a prison which still has the religious paintings in a cell done by one of the prisoners.
The fortress city within the walls was famous for the diamond trade. It is said that the Kohinoor diamond, the Hope diamond, and the Orloff diamond of Catherine the Great all came from here.
Each night at 7 p.m. there is a sound (in English) and light show. Of course, there is a story of romance that goes with the Fort, but you'll have to go to the show to hear about it.
We actually went to the fort twice because there was little light when we first went so we just went to the sound and light show. We went back the next day to make the climb in the daylight.
They are in the process of making a museum (which probably won't be done for a couple of years). Got to peek into the building and saw some great photos of the fort. Should be nice when it's done. ** This museum should now be open.
Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy the view!
Open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission Rs 10 for Indians, Rs 150 for foreigners
Sound & Light Show 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Rs 50 for all
Visitor information was correct at time of writing.
The Golconda Fort is a monument which is integral to the history of Hyderabad.Visit the fort in the afternoon and stay on for the son et lumiere(sound & light) show held in the early evening, which encapsulates the history of this city beautifully.Check to find out which show has the commentary in English.
This great fort was built in the 13th century.First the kakatiyas and later the Quli Qutb shah kings occupied this fort.The speacial feature of this fort is the advanced acoustical marvel,when you clap your hands standing below the dome at the entrance,it can be heard at the Bala Hisar which is the highest point in the fort.This was used to warn the residents of the fort about who was arriving(whether a guest or enemy)
The sound and light show(which has the voice of Amitabh Bachchan,explaining the history of the fort)is a not to be missed one.It brings history alive!
Timings are - 9.a.m. to 6p.m..There are shows in Hindi,Telugu and English
The Golconda Fort is a must see if you are in Hyderabad. One of the coolest features of the fort is its acoustics if you clap your hand at certain places below the main entrance dome, the clap be heard clearly at the Bala Hissar, the tallest point a mile away! Lots and Lots of History here!!!
Golkonda is a ruined city and fortress slightly more than 10 km on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Golkonda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India with massive 10 km long outer wall, complete with many doorways, temples, mosque within the complex.
I have not been climbing much of those forts partly due to bad health condition from pollution of Hyderabad (and few towns before that). But the fort is really amazing and I cannot imagine the glorious days those kingdoms in the past.
The fort open from 9am to 5pm. The Lonely Planet guide book has some printing error.
The Golconda fort in Hyderabad is one of the most fascinating structures which shows the ancient history of which this city is a part. The Golconda Fort was built around 400 years ago by the Qutub Dynasty and it served as their headquarters. You must pay a visit to this place to get a taste of the old world of which Hyderabad was a part once upon a time.
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You will have to visit the Golkonda fort, 10 kilometres west of Hyderabad city, to appreciate the majesty and grandeur of the 800-year-old ruins and the architectural glory of those structures, which have survived the ravage of time and rampage by Mughal vandals. One of the most magnificent fort complexes in the country, Golkonda, meaning shepherd hill, was built consecutively by three dynasties, the Kakatiyas, the Bahmanis and the Qutub Shahis, the major contribution coming from the latter. It betrays the confluence of Hindu and Muslim architectural perceptions of the times. It was the capital of the Bahmani kings first and the Qutub Shahis later for sometime, before they shifted the capital to what is now the old city of Hyderabad. The fort has now become a symbol of the composite cultural heritage of the 400-year-old city.
This fort was built by Kakatiya kings. From this fort they ruled the nearby areas even when their capital was based in Warrangal.
This massive fort is 11 km in perimeter and its walls are 15 to 18 ft high. The whole fort is built in granite and is flanked by 70 ramparts and 8 huge gates. Previously the whole fort was surrounded by a deep gorge but slowly this was filled up. While entering from the main gate of the fort, if one claps below the dome, echoes are heard in a Darbar hall some 128 meter away.