Golconda Fort, which means Round shaped hill, is a fort in Hyderabad. It is one of the most prominent structures/landmarks in Hyderabad.
The fort was the capital of medieval sultanate of Qutb Shahi dynasty. The region was famous for its mines and the mines have produced some of the World’s renounced diamonds – Koh-i-Noor, Hope diamond, Nassak Diamond and Noor-ul-Ain. The fortress city within the walls was famous for the diamond trades.
The fort was originally known as Mankal.
Qutb Shahi dynasty
The dynasty was a territory in South India. It was established in 16th century. The dynasty’s founder was Sultan Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk.
How to reach?
The fort is about 11 kilometres from Hyderabad city. The fort is accessible by road. I took a taxi from the city. However, there is a bus (public transport) that goes to the fort.
Time required and entrance fee
The whole fort stretches for about 11 kilometres. It has four distinct forts, many entrances and gates. It is an architectural beauty and I would say even spending one whole day at the fort is less.
The entrance ticket must be purchased at the main gate. The cost of the entrance to the fort is INR 25 for Indians and INR 200 for Foreigners.
The fort is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM even though the ticket counter is open from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
Guide contact details
My guide Mohammad Gafoor was really good. He took me around the fort and gave an insight into the history. He was confident and I think was knowledgeable. And more importantly took really good pictures. He charged me INR 500 for 30 minutes of tour.
Contact details: Mohammad Gafoor +91-92916-52450.
I loved the fort. I wish I had more time there. I loved the way the fort is constructed and everything was thought – natural air conditioner, markets, the sound that echoes from the entrance – everything was a marvel. I will definitely visit this place again.