The Golconda Fort at Telangana is one of the most popular medieval fortresses in India. Originally built by the Kakatiya Kings in 12th century, it was the capital of the Qutb-Shahi kings who ruled the area during the 16th and 17th century. Though in ruins now after the invasion of the then Mughal king Aurangzeb, it still possess its old glory and charm and keeps on attracting visitors far and near. After the Aurangzeb rule, the fort was later used by the Nizam of Hyderabad as a prison for his enemies. Now under the Archaeological Survey of India, the fort is under restoration. A medley of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles, the Golconda Fort is built on a 120 meter high granite hill. A climb atop offers a panoramic view of the surroundings downhill. Fortified by three massive walls, with 8 gates and 87 bastions the whole fort spans around 7kms in circumference. It encompasses in its premises, the royal citadel, the Durbar hall, temples, mosques and more.
A fascinating aspect of the Golconda Fort is an underground tunnel which still remains a mystery. It is believed to extend from the Durbar Hall to a palace Gosha Mahal some 8 kms away. Golconda was once popular around the world for its precious gem production especially the Kohinoor Diamond. Make sure you experience the “Sound and light show” inside the fort, a major highlight at Golconda. It is organized by the Telangana Tourism during the months November- February. The show pictures the tales of the past providing a clear picture of its rich history to the visitors.
Head off to the Golconda Fort and relive the era long gone.
How to reach?
Just 14 kms from the city of Hyderabad, Golconda Fort is easily accessible by road. Catch a flight or train to Hyderabad and hire a taxi to reach Golconda.