Hyderabad’s Golconda FortAug 17 2022 Attractions Golconda Fort
Found some 11 kilometers from Hyderabad City, the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh, Golconda fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India.
The history of Golconda Fort or ‘Golla Konda,’ dates back to the early 13th century, when this southeastern part of the country was ruled by the Kakatiyas.
Golconda Fort unravels 400 years of rich cultural heritage. Golconda known as ” Shepherd’s Hill” or “Golla Konda“, in Telugu, has an interesting story behind it. One day, on 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 was expanded by succeeding kings. In 1525, the fortress was built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shahi. The fortress was built on a granite hill 120 meters high, surrounded by massive crenellated ramparts. Subsequent generations saw Golconda being fortified further with several additions and the formation of a beautiful city within.
By the 17th century, Golconda was famous as a jewelry market with diamonds as its main claim to fame.
The Golconda fort is also known for its magnificent acoustics, the structural grandeur of the palaces and ingenious water supply system. One visit to the fort, and you will be transported to that eventful age of the Qutub Shahi dynasty that speaks volumes of their glorious achievements.
Since the climb to the peak takes approximately 3 hours, trekkers should try and avoid the noontime hours because the sun really beats down on the rocks.
In the evenings, visitors are treated to a sound and light show. A new attraction, the show brings the legend of Golconda to life. With a spectacular use of audio and visual effects, the saga of Golconda is retold. The show livens up the glorious past and it is an experience worth watching.
1st Show English (Daily) 7 pm – 8pm
Telugu (Mon, Wed, Fri) 8.15 pm-9.15 pm
Hindi (Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun) 8.15 pm-9.15 pm