It was almost 5 months after I shifted to Hyderabad when bestie decided to give me a third visit. We both had almost visited each and every places of Hyderabad by then in his first two visits. The only thing left to be visited was the famous “Golkonda Fort”, Hyderabad, India. So this time we decided to visit it.
“Golkonda” also known as “Golla Konda” which means “round shaped hill”, is situated 11km west of Hyderabad. It was the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (c.1518–1687).
When we reached there, the sight of the fort made us stunned. It is a huge fort; the outer fort occupies an area of three square kilometres. When we entered inside the fort we saw the ruins of palaces, mosques and a pavilion at the hill top which rises about 130 m high. Stories tell that Golkonda used to have a vault where Koh-i-Noor diamonds was stored.
Ruins of Golkonda still has mounted cannons, four drawbridges, eight gateways, majestic halls, magazines, stables etc. We started walking from the entrance and went straight and first had some fun time on the building at the right side ( the picture below ) . Then we went towards the left where the path leads to the top and the light and sound show place.
The outer yard of the fort is called Fateh Darwaza which means the victory gate. This place has a mind-blowing acoustical engineering concept. If someone claps their hand at a certain point near the domes entrance, reverberates is heard clearly at the pavilion which is in the hill top almost 1km away. The soldiers used to send messages to the inhabitants of the fort in this manner if they suspect any danger.
The fort tells about the glorious past of Hyderabad and is well known for its great architecture. Few people say that the fort is haunted and many of them have witnessed few unnatural activities especially after 6 pm; but what I found was that this is a place where you can actually get many awesome photographs clicked. You can also enjoy the light and sound show in the evening.
- Timings ( Monday to Sunday): 9 am to 5 pm
- Entry fee:
- Rs 5 per person for Indians
- Rs 100 per person for foreigners
- Rs 25 for camera
- Light and sound show timings: 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm
- Light and sound show entry fee:
- Executive Class – Rs 140 per adult; Rs 110 per child
- Normal Class- Rs 80 per adult; Rs 60 per child