|» Location :
||About 11-km, On The Western Outskirts Of Hyderabad
|» Famous For :
||Acoustics, Palaces, Ingenious Water Supply System,
And Diamond Trade.
|» Built By :
||Quli Qutub Shah In 1525
|» Attractions :
||Taramathi Gana Mandir, Premathi Nritya Mandir,
Sound And Light Show.
Golconda fort is a majestic monument, which lies on the western
outskirts of Hyderabad city. It speaks of a great cultural heritage of
400 years and is regarded as a place worth visiting. Built by Mohammed
Quli Qutub Shah in 1525, it stands as the epitome of Nawabi culture and
History Of Golconda
Before the city of Hyderabad was founded the Deccan was ruled from
Golconda fort. Founded originally by the Kakatiya's in the 13th century
the existing structure was expanded by the Qutub Shahi kings into a
massive fort with granite walls and ramparts extending some 5-km in
circumference. The first three Qutub Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda, over
a span of 62 years.
Shepherd's Hill" or "Golla Konda", as it was popularly
known in Telugu, has an interesting story behind it. One fine day,
the rocky hill called 'Mangalavaram', a shepherd boy came across an
idol. This was conveyed to the Kakatiya king, who was ruling at that
time. The king got a mud fort constructed around the holy spot. Over a
period of time this lowly construction was expanded by the Qutub Shahi
kings into a massive fort of granite, which has been a silent witness to
many historic events.
Attractions Within The Fort
One of the most remarkable features of Golconda is its system of
acoustics- a hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance
reverberates and can be heard clearly at the 'Bala Hissar', the highest
point almost a kilometre away, palaces, factories, water supply system
and the famous 'Rahban' cannon, that was used during the last seize of
Golconda by Aurangazeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell.
There is also supposed to be secret underground tunnel leading from the
'Durbar Hall' to one of the palaces at the foot of the hill. The tombs
of the Qutub Shahi kings, built with Islamic architecture lie about 1-km
north of the outer wall of Golconda. These graceful structures are
surrounded by landscaped gardens, and a number of them have beautifully
carved stonework. Not be missed is the Sound and Light show conducted by
Andhra Pradesh Tourism.
Outside the Golconda Fort are two separate pavilions built on a rocky
eminence - the 'Taramathi Gana Mandir' and the 'Premathi Nritya Mandir'
from where the legendary sisters 'Taramathi' and 'Premamathi' resided.
They gave their performance on a circular dais atop a two-storied
structure, the 'Kala Mandir', which was visible from the king's durbar
(king's court) on top of the Golconda Fort.
A Well Planned Architecture
The magnificent architecture of the Golconda fort is manifest in its
acoustic system, the structural grandeur of the palaces and ingenious
water supply system. The fort was famous for its diamond trade and the
'Kohinoor' diamond is said to have come from here. One is perplexed to
see the meticulous details of the architecture and the fading gardens,
which were once upon a time replete with sprawling lawns and playing
Golconda is built on a granite hill 120m high, and is surrounded by
crenulated ramparts constructed of large masonry blocks weighing several
tonnes. The design of the ventilation reveals the brilliant planning of
the architects; they are designed to let in a flow of fresh cool breeze,
which is a respite from the heat of summer.
The massive gates are studded with large pointed iron spikes to prevent
elephants from battering them down. The outer wall surrounding the
entire township of Golconda, is about 11-km long, and is strongly
fortified. In its heyday, the 10-km long road from Golconda to outer
Hyderabad was a fabulous market selling jewellery, diamonds, pearls and
other gems, which were famous all over the world.
The Sound & Light Show in Golconda Fort
A new attraction at the fort is a sound and light show that brings the
legend of Golconda to life. With a spectacular interplay of audio and
visual effects, the story of Golconda unfolds over centuries of
splendour. The show livens up the glorious past and it is an experience
worth watching. The show is presented in English, Hindi and Telugu.
» Show Timings :
Winter (November - February)
6:30pm, Summer (March - October) 7:00pm
» Duration :
» In English :
» In Hindi :
Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday
» In Telugu :
» Closed on :
» Advance Booking :
Available at Yatra Nivas,
Secunderabad. Coach leaves Yatranivas at 5:00pm and returns from
Golconda Fort at 8:15pm.
Places to stay in Hyderabad
There are numerous hotels available in Hyderabad.
How to Get There
Hyderabad can be reached by air, from all the
major cities of the country.
Hyderabad is well connected by rail to all
parts of the country.
There is a regular bus service to Hyderabad
from many cities in southern, central and southeastern parts of the
City Transport :
Golconda Fort is around 11-km from
Hyderabad. Auto rickshaws and Taxis are available apart from
luxury/semi-luxury buses, for local transportation.
Tour Packages of Hyderabad