Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hyderabad Trip: Golconda Fort (21 pics)

Date: 21st Oct 2015

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi, Harsh, Muthusamy and Vijayalakshmi

Timings: All day 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Light show 7PM to 8PM on all days except Monday.

Fees: Adults 5, Non Indians 100, Camera 25.

Golconda fort was originally built by Kakatiya dynasty but taken over and served as the capital of Qutb Shah dynasty. The fort is protected as archaeological tressure under the Archeological survey of India. The famous Koh-i-noor diamond was found in the mines of Golconda. Golconda was the city for diamond trade during those times. Other famous diamonds found here are the Hope diamond, Daria-i-Noor and Nassak diamond. The Golconda fort spread across 11Km area. There are guides from the tourist department to help you explore the fort. They charge around 700Rs. There will also be some individuals offering to guide you at around 500Rs. IMO that's not needed. You can get a book on the fort at the entrance for 20Rs and explore yourself. There is a marble stone with markings on the parts of the fort to see. Nagina bagh, Akkanna madanna, Prison, ibrahim mosque, Jagadamba temple, Darbar hall etc..We covered most of them.

Some pics and info of the fort.

The entrance to the Golconda fort.

The doors of the fort with iron spikes. This is to prevent the enemy elephants from breaking the door open.

Clapping Portico. Used to signal the people at baradari in case of any attack.

Nagina bagh meaning jewel among the gardens.

View of the city from the mid point of the fort.

Fort walls.

View of Baradari while climbing up the fort.

View of Qutb Shah tombs from the fort.

Father son on the top. Its a easy climb for us but my mom cannot walk up so she sat near the clapping point. Shilpi and Harsh climbed half way and went back.

Steps leading to the Baradari.

View of some part of the fort from top.

A mosque in the fort.

Jagadamba Temple on top.

Aslah Khana used to store the fire arms.

Mortuary bath. The dead body of the royal personalities are bathed here before buried at Qutb shah tombs.

Seeing the fort under lights might have been a spectacular but we had other plans so skipped it. Surely a top attraction in Hyderabad.

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