· Summer: March-May (20°C - 45°C)
· Winter: November-February (14°C - 32°C)
· Monsoon: June-September
Best time to visit:
Opening Time: 09:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 05:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Monday
Entry Fees for Indians
Adults: INR 10
Video Camera: INR 25
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
A granite hill some 11 km. from the historical city of Hyderabad accommodates the extraordinary Golconda (Golkonda) Fort, counted among the most magnificent forts of the world. Spread over several km. sq. of area, the fort exemplifies intelligent self-defence features, including three fortification rows, doors studded with iron spikes and an impressive acoustic system. A clap at the main entrance can be heard more than a km. away, something that would alarm the fort’s residents about the enemy attacks.
Originally built by Kakatiyas, the fort exchanged hands from Baihmanis and Qutb Shahi Dynasty to Mughals and Nizams of Hyderabad. Boasting of 87 strong semi-circular bastions, 80 gateways and 4 drawbridges, the fort accommodates some truly remarkable structures like palaces, durbar hall, mosques, temples, magazines, stables, halls, royal apartments, prisons and pavilions. Some beautiful gardens within the complex once added to the glory and still have splendid beauty.
Ornamental designs of lotuses, peacocks and lions and a variety of carvings and scrollwork are the visual treat to the eyes. Don’t miss the light and sound show organized from 06:30 p.m. to 07:30 p.m. in summer and from 07:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m. in winter. Ticket for the show costs INR 100 (adults) and INR 75 (children) in VIP class and INR 50 (adults) and INR 30 (children) in non-executive class.
The Fort Road from Hyderabad (about 11 km. away) leads to the fort. The fort starts appearing from a distance and presents a magnificent view to the eyes. Local buses from the city as well as taxis and auto-rickshaws are available to commute the distance.
Just about 10 km. from the fort, the Deccan Railway Station of Hyderabad is an important railhead in the region. Auto-rickshaws are the cheapest modes available here. You may prefer a taxi for a more comfortable trip.
Hyderabad’s International Airport is located about 30 km. from the fort. Air travellers can have an easy access to the fort from the airport using regular taxi and cab services.