Half-day tour of Golconda Fort


| May 15, 2020

The mighty fort of Golconda lies just outside Hyderabad, occupying a position 122 metres above the surrounding plains. From 1518 it was the capital of seven Qutb Shahi kings, who turned the Golcanda into the impressive fortress whose substantial ruins remain today. The citadel itself is protected by huge walls, studded with iron spikes to obstruct war elephants, and gates with another ring of crenelated ramparts encircling it. The interior contains 82 beautiful Qutub Shahi tombs set amid peaceful gardens including the Hindu Jagadamba Mahakali temple and the three-storey Durbar Hall. The fort was once the site of mines from where the famed Koh-i-noor diamond is said to have been found. The Qutb Shahs moved to their new city of Hyderabad in 1591. Golconda remained as a citadel until the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb captured it in 1687 and thus ended Qutb Shahi rule. Each Friday evening, a sound and light show recreates the glorious heritage and grandeur of Golcanda. Share:
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