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#4 of 831 Places To Visit in Hyderabad
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Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008, India
entry fee
per person For Indians
per person For foreign nationals
per camera For Videography
per person Light and Sound Show Ticket
All days of the week
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
visit duration
Around 2 to 3 hours

about golconda fort

Golconda Fort,  Hyderabad is one of the primary tourist attractions. Renowned for its diamond mines that have given the world the famous Kohinoor and Darya-i-noor diamonds, Golconda is also known for this famous fort. The ancient fort complex of Golconda will charm you with its history, tinged with legends and anecdotes.

The construction of this regal structure is believed to have started in 1143 as a mud fort, during the rule of the Kakatiya Dynasty. Today, the granite fort stands on a 400 feet hill, and seems to emit a kind of ancient aura from each and every part. The fort complex is made up of four separate forts surrounded by an outer wall whose perimeter is around 10 km. Apart from that, there are semi-circular bastions, some of them still sporting cannons on top, drawbridges, eight gateways, stables, mosques and temples. Golconda Fort still have the remnants of the palatial rooms and halls. Standing inside one of these will give you an idea of the kind of grandeur this place must have had during its golden days.

An ingenious example of acoustical engineering can be experienced at the iron spiked Fateh Darwaza, one of the fort entrances, spiked so as to prevent elephants from breaking open the gates. A hard clap made under the dome can be heard as far as the highest pavillion (Balsa Hill) almost a kilometre away. This arrangement worked as a warning to alert the forces in the fort in case of an incoming attack. With so much ground to cover, exploring every nook and cranny might be tedious. You can hire a tour guide who can show you around more efficiently with details on the stories and legends associated with Golconda Fort.

If you are planning to stay back till late, don't miss the Light and Sound Show here. The shows usually start at 7 PM in summers and 6 PM in winters, with shows in Telugu held on Thursdays, shows in Hindi held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and English shows held on Wednesdays and Sundays. There are no shows on Mondays.

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Ganesh iOS
Ganesh iOS
Good place
Aug 12 2016
Golconda must visit place
Supriya Sehgal
Supriya Sehgal
Qutb Shahi Dynasty's Gem
Oct 20 2014
You will walk into a beehive of guides at the Fort entrance, and it is recommended you take one of them. Your experience at the Golconda Fort will be much more enriching with all the stories. Enter through the one-way stone walled pathway of one of t ...... read more