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India is considered to be the land of farmers, an ocean of colorful festivals, larger-than-life enthusiasm, and above all a beautiful heart full of love for everyone. It is a charming oasis of life which brings a smile on every face that spends some time in the religious grounds of this country. This large land mass is made up of many smaller cities and towns. One such stunning city is Hyderabad which adorns southern India. Referred to as the pearl city of India, it serves as the capital of Telangana. Sitting on the banks of the Musi River and the Deccan Plateau, Hyderabad is one of the most developed and industrialized towns of the country. With IT giants like Microsoft and Google having their headquarters in its grounds the city is a major hub of best techie minds. A city rich with history and culture, it is home to several eminent monuments, buildings, parks, marketplaces, museums, etc. giving it the necessary admiration from the world. One such structure gracing the western part of the city is Golkonda. A beautiful citadel and fort, Gonkonda is famous for being the origin of the world's best gems including the Koh-i-Noor. Listed as an archeological treasure on the official 'List of Monuments,' it takes pride for being a popular landmark.
An Exciting Trip to Golkonda
Golkonda Fort area consists of four distinct forts within itself. Eight gateways, four drawbridges, numerous royal halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables, etc. give the structure its original frame. Cherish the outermost establishment called the 'Fateh Darwaza' studded with iron spikes characteristic of the art marvels in the city. Bala Hisar serves as the highest point of the fort and is nearly a kilometer away from it. Located on the eastern side, it is the main entrance to the heritage site. The area above the door is decorated with designs of peacocks with ornated tails. Spreading over a massive area of eleven kilometers, the structure teleports its visitors to the ancient world of huge gates, ravishing pavilions, large domes, and religious spaces. Enjoy a stroll with your loved one in the overpowering fragrance of the gardens which make this place blissful. This unusual structure has beautiful palaces and an interesting water supply system. Decorated with exotic designs, the ventilation of the fort is fabulous and provides respite from the scorching heat of the sun even in the deepest interiors of the structure.
among its various attractions, the Fort is also home to the Qutb Shahi Tombs. These twenty-one astonishing granite tombs find their place in the serenity of the landscaped garden area. Seven out of the eight Qutb Shahi rulers rest in peace here along with their family members, courtesans, etc. Get all the necessary facts and information about the tombs at the exhibition at the entrance gate. Mounted on cubical bases, the tombs' domes are decorated with lime stucco and colonnades. Among the highlights of this section of the fort, the finest is the tomb of the founder of Hyderabad, Mohammed Quli. Standing tall with a height of 42 meters near the edge of the complex, it is one of the most popular attractions of the area.
Golkonda is known for its magical designing and architecture. It houses within itself several structures which are beautiful and eminent. One such building is the Toli Masjid which is located about two kilometers from the fort. Consisting of five arches and two halls, it was a creation of Mir Musa Khan Mahaldar. You can also pay a visit to the Habshi Kamans, Ashlah Khana, a popular Mosque, Ramadas Bandikhana, a stable for camels, funeral bath, Nagina Bagh, Ambar khana, and Ramasasa's kotha. All these sites will let you enriched with the rich history and past of the city and also the fort.
How to Get Tickets?
Entry fee is Rs. 15 for Indians and Rs. 200 for foreigners. You can purchase the tickets at the entrance gate or book through this website.
How To Get Around?
Explore the fort on foot.
What Should I Wear?
Wear anything of your choice depending on the weather and also your mood. A dress or jumpsuit will make you feel refreshed all day long. Jeans with a crop shirt will also make you look good. Boys can go for shorts or Capri and pair it with a polo t-shirt. Flat slippers or flip-flops will make you explore conveniently.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is between 8 am to 5:30 pm.
Currency is Indian Rupee.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you don't need a guide as this website is your best possible guide providing you services free of cost.
How To Get There?
You can reach Hyderabad via airways, railways or roadways depending on your convenience. the city has an efficient outlay of roads so you can easily opt for a bus ride, taxi, or car hire to reach the Golkonda fort.
Extra fee is to be paid for camera and light and sound show. Don't litter scrap or waste around the fort.