Golconda FortResting in the western side of the bustling city of Hyderabad, the magnificent Golkonda Fort is situated approximately 11 km away from the city centre.
The name Golconda comes from a Telugu word ‘Golla Konda’ which implies shepherd’s hill.
History of Golconda FortThe Golconda Fort primitively belonged to the Kakatiyas of Warangal (a mighty dynasty that dominated most of the Telugu speaking domains extended by present day state of Andhra Pradesh from 1083 to 1323 CE).
Following the subsequent reigns of Bahmani Sultanate, the Golconda Fort became the home base of the Qutb Shahi kingdom during AD1518. The following history concerning to the fortress is reckoned as most determinative since the fort was expanded and considerably bastioned.
Architecture of Golconda FortGolconda fort is looked at as one of the most prominent fort complexes across the country was stationed on a 400 feet hill, and it sports three courses of monumental walls of 12 m height.
Furthermore, it features eight distinguished entrance-ways and is braced with 87 citadels standing to an altitude of 15 to 18 meters.
The fort has a smartly developed water system as the water brought up by water wheels was kept aside for future use in tanks at different floors.
The collected water was swimmingly passed on to assorted mahals, other flats, roof gardens and founts in the bastion by stone aqueducts (conduit that resembles a bridgework but channels water over a valley) and channels of pipings.
Golconda Fort Acoustic System - Engineering Marvel!A Singular signaling (acoustic system) device was installed and integrated within the structure of Golconda Fort. The assorted buildings are so located as to function through the medium for transmission of sound to different far-off locations.
It is conceived that this sound signalling design was intentionally planned to carry information to the sentries put up on top of darbar hall concerning the important and influential people who pay a visit to the fort and also as a warning setup in case of emergencies.
Some of the other structures found inside the Golconda Fort include Ambar khana, Camel stable, Durbar hall, Habshi Kamans, Ashlah Khana, Mortuary bath, Nagina bagh, Private Chambers, Ramasasa's kotha, Taramati mosque and many other sensational structures.
Golconda Fort - Quick Facts:Timings: 9am–5:30pm
Sound & Light Show (Organised by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation):
Location: Khair Complex, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana 500008, 040 2351 2401
Highlights: Bala Hissar (highest point of the fort), Rahban cannon, factories, water system, fascinating acoustic system, Royal apartments and so on.
How to reach Golconda Fort:
APSRTC buses are available at frequent intervals. Furthermore, one can reach Golconda Fort from Charminar, and it is best to choose the Gandipet direction road.
Nearby Places of Interest:
- Charminar (8.2 km from Golconda Fort)
- Konaseema (9 km from Golconda Fort)
- Puri Jagannath Temple (6.7 km from Golconda Fort)
- ISKCON Temple (10.1 km from Golconda Fort)
- Hussain Sagar Boating Point (10.7 km from Golconda Fort)
- Birla Mandir (10.6 km from Golconda Fort)