A day out to Golkonda Fort

Helloo friends!! This in another proof to say I am too lazy. I started this series  with intention of writing at least one post a month and see now I literally forgot about it. However I  got a sudden impulse to make another post. This time I am going to write about the day out to Golkonda fort.

Golkona fort

The entrance with heavy doors
The entrance with heavy doors

Golkona fort

The official venue for flag hoisting on August 15 ( Independence day ) has been shifted from parade ground to Golkonda fort last year … and why not? Golkonda fort stands as a symbol of  Telangana history, power and prosperity.

Golkona fortGolkona fort

A hall
A hall
Rani Mahal Light and sound show happens here
 Open court
Light and sound show happens here
Some stone ruins
Some stone ruins
The never ending stone steps
The never ending stone steps
Don't ask me, what was I looking at
Don’t ask me, what was I looking at

The 800 year old fort stood watching the change of powers, withstood many battles and represents engineering marvels of earlier brains.

Golkona fort

City and fort view from the top
City and fort view from the top

Golkona fort

Baradari, top most place
Baradari, top most place

Earlier when I visited as a child the fort was in some distance to the city. Now with expansion of city, it became part of it. It is surrounded by a huge rock wall which protects an area with a 10 km circumference.

Golkonda name was derived from It was first built as a mud fort by Kakathiya dynasty. ( To read about other wonderful works by Kakathiya dynasty, read Ramappa ) .  

Later it was occupied by Bahmani dynasty and from them to Qutubshahi dynasty. The later developed the once simple mud fort to a massive fort with architectural wonders. The acoustic works are especially astounding. The fort is built in  such a way that sound made at a specific point near the entrance (lowest point of fort) reaches the highest point of the fort (Bala hisar pavilion). The mechanism is supposedly  made to warn the royal family in situations of threat.

I don’t want to write about the entire history and architecture for it would take up 2-3 posts. One thing worth mentioning is its relation with few world famous diamonds. The Golkonda fort used to harbor some famous diamonds found in Andhra pradesh. These include Koh-i-noor and Hope diamonds.

We spent some 4-5 hrs at this place. Climbing all the stairs took a lot of time, later we took some rest at the baradari. There is a mini canteen where you can get some drinks.

There will be a sound and light show which is enjoyable.

Tips

It is advisable to go only on some less sunny day.

Best to carry water bottles with you.

It will be very difficult if you take  small kids or very old people with you. The stairs are made with rock and it’s troublesome to climb them. Include Sound & light show in your plan.

Timings

9:00 -5:30 daily, Entry- Rs 5/- for Indians, Rs 100/- for foreigners.

Visiting time- 3-4hrs

Sound & light show: 1st Show English (All Days) 2nd Show in Telugu on Monday, Wednesday & Friday, and Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday. Show Timings: (Nov to Feb) 1st Show 6:30pm 2nd Show 7.45pm (Mar to Oct) 1st Show 7:00pm 2nd Show 8.15pm

Fee: Ranges from 80rs to 140rs.

If you see  itineraries of Hyderabad from any travel companies , you will find Golkonda Fort as the first place in a day.

I hope this is helpful, Don’t forget to visit this place on your trip to Hyderabad.

 

SUNSET @ WARANGAL FORT

IMG_0120After living in WARANGAL for so many years , if I do not write about it ,that’s an absolute stupidity. Because there is always so much to tell about our place. WARANGAL has so many historical places which are still alive. WARANGAL FORT is one of them . Everyone who comes to Warangal wants to visit that . I myself took almost 50-60 of my friends & relatives . It took around 15-20 visits.

warangal fortWarangal fort is located near the city of Warangal . A thick stone built wall is seen surrounding it which looks pretty strong still . When we enter through the gate , there is a small town . Penetrating the town will take you to a huge stone built hall which is said to the DARBAR of KAKATHIYA DYNASTY .  We can go to the top of that building . ( But the stairs are soooo uncomfortable ).History says it was built in 13th century.

Ruins at Warangal Fort, Andhra Pradesh43543Further expeditions will take you to the ruins of what once had been  a structure of beautiful art of KAKATIYA time . There are some temples , single stone elephants , pillars carved from head to toe. There will be a LIGHT & SOUND SHOW  in the evening for 45 mins.

IMG_0173Opposite to these ruins there is another complex with a kids park & a temple on the hill. It has a separate entrance fare.  The first picture was taken on the hill top . This is supposed to be a surveillance spot for the protection of fort. Rumors about a secret passage from here to RAMAPPA are widespread. It would be soooo exciting to find that .

IMG_0184HOW ?

Reaching WARANGAL is simple. It has bus  connections from many cities . KHAJIPET JN which is a major railway junction is like a twin to WARANAL. Nearest airport is in HYDERABAD. But soon there going to be an airport in WARANGAL itself.

WHERE ?

Fort is located just next to WARANGAL city.

WHEN ?

Throughout the year.

WHAT ?

WARANGAL FORT  has a entertainment zone for kids. ( Which was inaugurated on my birthday ). Warangal city has famous temples , monuments, theatres , shopping zones . You can go & visit RAMAPPA & LAKNAVARAM as well.

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