Golkonda is the ruined city located in Hyderabad, India. This place was famous for mines. World’s most famous diamonds such as Dary-i-Noor, Koh-i-Noor, Idol’s Eye, Hope diamond produced here. This place is also famous for Golkonda Fort. Golconda is derived from the word Golla konda which means Shepherd’s hill in Telugu.
What to see at Golkonda Fort: Major attraction of this place is 800 years old tree. Height of this tree is 80 feet. Important exhibit of the fort is Fateh Rahben Gun. It is a Canon used by Aurangzeb to demolish the blockades of Golconda Fort. Fort has 8 gates. Entry point to the fort is Fateh Darwaza which is also known as Victory Gate. It is famous for acoustic effects. In those days it is effective security measure. If any person claps here that sound can here at Bala Hissar which is located 1km away in the fort.
Inside the Fort, visitors can see 4 small forts. Those forts consist of stables, mosques, armoury, temples etc. Height of the boundary wall is 120meters. Other attractions of the fort are Whispering Walls, efficient water supply system, Royal Palaces, Ambar Khana, Durbar Hall, Ramasasa’s Kotha, Nagina Bagh, Mortuary Bath, Private Chambers, Ramadas Bandikhana, Taramati Mosque, Ashlah Khana, Abyssian Arches etc. Fort also consists of tombs of Qutub Shahi Kings. Islamic architecture can be seen on these tombs. This fort was ruled by several dynasties namely Mughal dynasty, Qutb Shahis, Bahmani Dynasty, Kakatiya Dynasty and Yadava Dynasty.
What to see around Golkonda Fort:
Mecca Masjid: This is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad. This was built with the soil bought from Holy Mecca by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. He is the fifth ruler of the Qutb shahi Dynasty. It is located 8kms away from the fort.
Charminar: This was built in 1591 CE. Charminar is the global icon of Hyderabad. Charminar is built at the place where Qutb Shah made prayers for the end of the plague disease. Minaret Height is 48.7 meters. It is located 8kms away from the fort.
AP State Archaeological Museum: This is best to see for the art lovers. Museum consists of art objectives and antiques. It is located 11kms away from the fort.
Public Gardens: This garden enclose of Jawaharlal Bal Bhavan, State Legislature, Jubilee hills, State Archaeological Museum, Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam. Telugu Lalitha Kala Thoranam is open air theatre. It is located 10kms away from the fort.
Nehru Zoological Park: This is main attraction to the children and natural lovers. Tourists can see more than 250 species of birds and animals. It is located 8kms away from the fort.
Shamirpet: This is a deer park with beautiful lakes. Tourists consider this as best picnic spot. It is located 32kms away from the fort.
Hyderabad Botanical Gardens: Area covered by these Gardens is 120 acres. In Andhra Pradesh this is the first Botanical Gardens. It is located 10kms away from the fort.
Mrugavani National Park: This Park consists of jungle cat, Wild Boar and several birds. It is located 10kms away from the fort.
Getting to Golkonda Fort: Before visiting this place, visitors have to reach to Hyderabad. Hyderabad is best connected with all means of transportation like road, Rail and Airport. All the major cities such as Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Visakhapatnam Bangalore etc are well connected with this city. Hyderabad Railway station is Head quarter of South Central Railways. Both national and international airport services are available here.
Getting around Golconda Fort: Call Taxi’s, private buses, train facilities, auto rickshaws are available to see around Golconda fort.
Best time to visit Golconda Fort: Fort welcomes the visitors throughout the year.
Where to stay in Golconda Fort: Accommodations are not available inside this fort. Plenty of accommodations including hotels and resorts are available to stay in Hyderabad.
Where to eat in Golkonda Fort: No eateries inside the fort. Plenty of restaurants are available at Hyderabad.