Golconda Fort - Styled in Qutb Shahi Architecture
Historical and Famous Fort in Hyderabad
Golconda Fort is located in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, and was built by the Kakatiya Kings in the 13th century as a mud fort.
The existing structure was later built by the Qutub Shahi Kings into a massive fort of granite. The name Golconda came from the telgu words "Golla" and "Konda" which means 'Shepard’s hill'. One of the most recognizable features of this fort is that when you clap your hands at the entry gate, the sound can be heard quite clearly at the top of the hill.
The Golconda Fort has 10 kilometers long outer wall and consists of 87 semi-circular bastions, 80 gateways, 4 drawbridges, Royal apartments, Mosques, and Temples. The main gate of Golconda fort is called Fateh Darwaza or the Gate of Victory. Many famous diamonds are believed to have been excavated from the mines of Golconda, some of them are - the Koh-i-noor Diamond, the Regent Diamond, Wittelsbach Diamond and the Hope Diamond.
Places of Interest
The attractions within the golconda fort include:
Premathi Nritya Mandir
Sound and Light Show
Taramathi Gana Mandir
Best Time to visit Golconda Fort
Golconda Fort is open on all days, except Friday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM. The best time to visit Golconda Fort is from October to March.
Timings for sound and light show are -
Winter (November - February): 6:30 pm onwards
Summer (March - October): 7:00 pm onwards
The duration for Sound and Light show is 55 minutes and the show remain closed on Monday.
How to reach Golconda Fort
The Golconda Fort is located 11 kms west of Hyderabad. It is well connected with the Shamshabad Airport of Hyderabad and Hyderabad railway station.
To see other famous forts and palaces, check out Forts and Palaces in India.