Golkonda Fort is Located at a distance of 11 km (6.8 mi) west of Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana. Golkonda was built by the Qutb shahi dynasty near 1143. This Golkonda is a historic fort derives its name from a Telugu word ‘Gol konda’ (“Round shaped hill”) or ‘Golla Konda’ (Shepherd’s). Initially this golkonda fort was a mud fort but later on it is transformed into granite one during the Qutb shahi dynasty. The fort is one among the biggest fortress in the Deccan plateau, built on a 390 ft. high hill. This fort comprises of four distinct forts, with a 7km long outer wall that has 87 semi-circular bastions, 8 gateways & 4 drawbridges.
Many number of royal apartments, halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables, etc. inside the golkonda. There are many interesting things that you can find in Golkonda fort if you do clapping at the entrance it can be heard at the ‘Bala Hissar’ it is the highest point and this ‘bala hissar’ is almost a kilometre away from the entrance. This system was apparently used for communication purposes, especially to alert the royal in case of any attack or other emergency.
The Golkonda fort also has an ingeniously evolved water supply system. The water collected by the Persian wheels was stored in overhead tanks at different locations in fort and later on distributed to various mahals, apartments, roof gardens and fountains in golkonda.
The other attractive spot in the Golkonda Fort is Ramdas’ prison “Ramdas is a great devotee of lord rama. Without the permission of the Abul Hasan Qutb Shah ramdas reconstructed the Bhadrachalam temple by using the money that are collected from land revenues. So, Ramdas was imprisoned for many years and during his imprisonment he carved hindu deities on the wall of his cell”.
There are some secret underground tunnel in this Fort that are used by Qutb shahi. It is believed that there is a secret underground tunnel it passes from the ‘Durbar Hall’ to foot of the hill.
The other buildings that you can found inside the fort are:
- Habshi Kamans (Abyssian arches)
- Ashlah Khana
- Taramati mosque
- Ramadas Bandikhana
- Camel stable
- private chambers (kilwat)
- Mortuary bath
- Nagina bagh
- Ramasasa’s kotha
- Durbar hall
- Ambar khana and etc
The Golkonda Fort used to have a vault where the very famous diamonds like Koh-i-Noor and others were once stored. The below are some famous diamonds that are believed to have been excavated from the mines of Golkonda fort:
- Hope Diamond
- Princie Diamond
- Regent Diamond
- Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond
Other nearest sightseeing places from Golconda fort are:
- Qutub Shahi Tombs
- Taramati Baradari
Golconda Fort Entry Fee:
- 15 per person for Indians
- 200 per person for Foreign Tourists
- 25 for Still Camera
- 130 for Sound & Light Show
Golconda Fort Sound & Light Show Fee:
- 140 per Adult in Executive Class
- 110 per Child in Executive Class
- 80 per Adult in Normal Class
- 60 per Child in Normal Class
Golconda Fort Timings:
Monday To Sunday : 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sound & Light Show Timings at Golconda Fort:
- 1st Show English (All Days)
- 2nd Show in Telugu on Monday, Wednesday & Friday,
- 2nd Show in Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
- Show Timings (Nov to Feb): 1st Show 6:30pm 2nd Show 7.45pm
- Show Timings (Mar to Oct): 1st Show 7:00pm 2nd Show 8.15pm.
Note: Sound & Light Show Ticket counter at Golconda Fort is open from 5:30 PM