Golconda Fort is an imposing building that once protected an ancient city in an area famous for its diamond mines. The fort and surrounding ruined city make up one of the most popular attractions in Hyderabad. Come to see the fort’s mosques and colossal mud walls and experience the building’s incredible acoustics. The Kakatiya Kings originally constructed the fort from mud in the 12th century.
Enter through the Bala Hissar Gate on the east side of the fort. Notice the gate’s arches and elaborate decorations and marvel at the 6-mile (10-kilometer) wall that stretches across the ruins. It is lined with cannons, gateways and drawbridges. Find your way around the maze of fortification walls to the ancient mosques, armories and chambers at the top of the hill. If you get lost there are signs and a guide map.
Investigate the famously powerful Rahban Cannon. Imagine the castle is under attack by rival groups as you peer through vent-holes in the walls. Peruse the old apartments where royalty once lived and admire the intricacy and ingenuity of the 700-year-old architecture.
Experiment with the eerie acoustics in the fort. A handclap at the entrance can be heard half a mile (1 kilometer) away.
Walk around the gardens, which are still kept in good condition today. Attend a light-and-sound show held every evening to learn about the history of Golconda. The various rooms of the fort are bathed in red-and-gold light as actors play out scenes over the speaker system.
Golconda Fort lies next to the Mahakali Temple to the west of Hyderabad. The site has its own bus station, Golconda, by the fort’s entrance. It is a 7-mile (11-kilometer) drive from the center of the city along the river and lake, Langar Houz Talab. Take a taxi from the city center.
The entry fee for the fort varies for locals and visitors. Golconda Fort is open from morning until late afternoon every day except Monday, with separate admission for the evening light-and-sound shows.
This family-friendly Hyderabad hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park and Hyderabad Central Mall. Durgam Cheruvu Lake and Birla Mandir Temple are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Hyderabad, this hotel is close to Qutub Shahi Tombs, Golconda Fort and Taramati Baradari. Local attractions also include Inorbit Mall and Mindspace IT Park.
Situated in Hyderabad, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lotus Pond and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Golconda Fort. Qutub Shahi Tombs and Jagannath Temple are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Hyderabad, this hotel is close to Taramati Baradari, Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs. Area attractions also include Charminar and Inorbit Mall.
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Situated in Hyderabad, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Qutub Shahi Tombs and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Golconda Fort. Lotus Pond is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
Located in Banjara Hills, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Jagannath Temple and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Birla Mandir Temple. Lotus Pond and Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Banjara Hills, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Lotus Pond and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Golconda Fort. Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park and Jagannath Temple are also within 1 mile (2 km).