Golconda Fort: Hyderabad’s Historic Marvel and Pride

traveller Varshini

Golconda Fort located in the south Indian city of Hyderabad is a historic marvel. Originally known as Mankal, the majestic Golkonda Fort is built on top of a hill. It is one of the most magnificent fortress structures in India.

Golconda Fort is a delight to the eye for not just lovers of history but also the architects who are going to shape the future for us. The light & sound show is a must-attend event on your list of you are visiting the fort.

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Golconda Fort: The historic marvel. Photography by Gao Iris

Golconda Fort: An Overview

The city of Nizams as Hyderabad is popularly called has always been in the limelight for its untouched architectural beauties. Located in the Deccan plateau of the Indian subcontinent lies the capital city of the newly formed state of Telangana.

The historic places of Hyderabad have been preserved by the Kakatiya dynasty. Be it the minarets of the Charminar or the remains of the Stone Fort, every monument in the city has a deep cultural backdrop that dates back to Indian history.


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Best months to Visit

October to February

Open between 

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Entrance ticket

Indian nationals: INR 5
Foreigners: INR 100
Still Camera: INR 25

Exclusive Feature

Light and Sound show during evenings

Traveller tip

While at Golconda Fort, hire a guide who will show you around the place and also elaborate on the historical significance of various aspects of the Golconda Fort.

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Golconda Fort adds to the grandeur of the city of Hyderabad. Photography by Venkatesh Reddy

History of Golconda Fort

Transformation of the Fort

Decades back the hill (where Golconda Fort is located) was owned by a shepherd boy. As years passed by a Warangal king belonging to the Kakatiya dynasty purchased it. He transformed the place by building a mud fort and a temple in 1143 and gave the name Golla Konda meaning “shepherd’s hill” in a way dedicating it to him.

Centuries down the lane

The Bahmani rulers conquered the place in the 13th century. The 15th century saw the emergence of three kings namely Sultan, Jamshed and Ibrahim from the Quli Qutub Shah dynasty who reconstructed the mud fort into a stone structure. Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah has been credited to have named the fort “Golconda”.

Loads of hard work went into Golconda’s Completion

Thousands of workers were employed in order to build the fort. It took nearly six decades for the completion of the entire monument. Several kings passed away in this process of restructuring. Yet the success was short-lived as the fort was soon captured by Aurangzeb.

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Thousands of workers were employed to build the Golconda Fort. Photography by George Twizwell

How to Reach Golconda Fort?

Hyderabad is well-connected to all major cities and towns. Therefore one can travel by air, road or train and reach Hyderabad easily. The most nominal option for traveling to Golconda Fort within Hyderabad is by bus or a shared cab. 

Architectural Excellence of Golconda Fort

Golconda Fort is a fine historic structure that adds to the magnificence of Nizami culture. It has been built on a Granite hill and has a very cleverly designed architecture. The architecture of the fort is such that a mere clap at the entrance can very easily be used as a distress signal thereby alerting of any possible danger.

The technique of advanced acoustics has been used. It is due to the clever architectural plan that allowed an uninterrupted supply of water throughout the year. 

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the Qutub Shahi Tomb at Golconda Fort. Photography by Satyajit Ghosh

Light and Sound Show at Golconda Fort

The Light and Sound Show at Golconda Fort is a speciality of the place and should not be missed by anyone. The duration of the show is almost an hour.

The complete history of the Fort is described in the show in a very interesting and engaging manner. The narrator’s throw of voice is impressive and creates a long-lasting effect.

Show timings at Golconda Fort
First show- November to February- 6:30 pm, March to October- 7 pm

Second show November to February- 7:45 pm, March to October- 8:15 pm

Timings for Tickets
After 5:30 pm
Cost of Tickets

INR 140 for adults and INR 110 for children (executive class)

INR 80 for adults and INR 60 for children  (normal class)

Tip for first-time visitors
Apply mosquito repellent while at the show.
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At dusk, witness the light and sound show. Photography by Abhinay Pochiraju

Tips for First Time Visitors to Golconda Fort

1. Carry clean water and hygienic eatables along with you if you plan to visit Golconda Fort. The tour of the entire complex will take almost a day so there are high chance that you will feel hungry. 
2. Use a dustbin to dispose of anything. Do not loiter around.
3. Wear comfortable clothes (cotton fabric recommended) and shoes while visiting the Golconda Fort. An entire day’s tour will make you tired easily if your attire is not comfortable.
4. Make sure to visit the Light and sound show.
5. Hire a Guide who can show you around and help you understand the Fort.

Frequently Asked Questions about Golconda Fort

Q1. Should a guide be hired on a visit to Golconda Fort? If yes, how much will be the cost?

A guide should most certainly be hired if you want to enjoy Golconda Fort to the fullest. It’ll cost a visitor around 1000INR and the duration will be 2 hours.

Q2.Is it safe to visit Golconda Fort for solo women travelers ?

Yes, it is absolutely safe.

Q3.How far is Golconda Fort from Charminar ?

It takes roughly an hour from Golconda Fort to Charminar.

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Golconda Fort is a spectacular place to visit for any traveler. Photography by Sridhar Siddhu

5 Interesting Facts About Golconda Fort

The Golconda Fort in Hyderabad was first built when a Shepherd lad came across a religious idol at the site.

The Golconda Fort has been constructed in such a way that it creates an excellent acoustic effect.

A tree which is almost 700 years old is present inside the premises of the Golconda Fort.

The Fort has a lot of secret tunnels and escape routes.

The Fort has a Mahakali temple on its top.

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There are a lot of secret facts about Golconda Fort that surprise a traveler. Photography by Kamal Raj

Best Budget Places to Eat Near Golconda Fort

Taher Fast Food and Bakery

Speciality Chinese food
Average Cost per person 200 INR
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Maggie Noodles the Indianized way. Photography by Krishna Enachan

Imran Bakery

 Speciality Chicken Puff/Vegetable Puff
 Average Cost per person 50 INR
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Chicken Puff. Photography by Rheza

 FYK Golconda Ice Cream

 Speciality Chocolate Ice Cream
 Average Cost per person 100 INR


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Chocolate Ice Cream. Photography by Tracy Hikey

Must see places in Hyderabad Beside Golconda Fort


Charminar is one of Hyderabad’s oldest structures and is synonymous with the culture of Hyderabad. It has four minarets which many believe stand for the first four khalifas of Islam. It is situated on the banks of the Musi River and stands tall amidst the busy  Laad Bazaar in the old Hyderabad.

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Charminar. Photography by Shamanth Kumar

Hussain Sagar Lake

Hussain Sagar is Asia’s largest artificial lake and is one of the most popular tourist hotspots situated in Hyderabad. Although the Hussain Sagar Lake is popular for activities like fish culture, water sports etc., its major attraction is the Buddha statue situated right at the heart of the lake. 

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Buddha statue was lit at night in Hussain Sagar. Photography by Abhimanyu Shrivastav

Ramoji Film City

The Ramoji Film City in India is spread across 2000 acres and is the largest integrated film city in Telangana and the largest studio complex in the world. It has also been placed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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A film set at Ramoji Film City. Photography by Shravan Kumar Kasagoni

Golconda Fort Photo Gallery

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Photography by Varshini Suresh



Photography by Varshini Suresh


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Photography by Varshini Suresh


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Photography by Varshini Suresh

Golconda Fort is a must-see location if you are in the city of Pearl. I have revealed a lot about the fort and I think it’s time for you to go and check out this amazing place for yourself.

Happy wayfaring 🙂


Varshini Suresh

Varshini Suresh has a deep underlying attraction for vocabulary which is quite evident in her writings. Traveling and music are her only companions other than pen and paper. A professionally trained carnatic singer for the last one decade, she dreams of getting her name featured in the Forbes list of the richest very soon.