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5 Interesting And Unknown Facts About The Golconda Fort In Hyderabad

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The Golconda fort in Andhra Pradesh which used to be capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty now lies in ruins. Here are interesting facts about the fort that you should know.

5 Interesting And Unknown Facts About The Golconda Fort In Hyderabad:

  1. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad (Telangana)

1. The Fort Was First Built By The Ruler Of Kakatiya Dynasty

The Fort Was First Built By The Ruler Of Kakatiya Dynastysource: wikimedia.org

Golconda Fort was first built by the Kakatiya dynasty as part of their western defenses  along the lines of the Kondapalli Fort. The city and fortress are built on a granite hill that is 120 meters  high and is surrounded by massive battlements. The fort was rebuilt and strengthened by Pratapa Rudra of the Kakatiyas.

HolidayIQ traveller Mani Rathnam from Chennai shares, “Golconda is one of the historical place to be visited in Hyderabad. Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations are held at Golconda. Night time is the best time of visiting Golconda. Total Hyderabad city can be seen from the top of the fort.”

2. The Fort Was Built When A Shepherd Boy Came Across An Idol Of God At The Site

The Fort Was Built When A Shepherd Boy Came Across An Idol Of God At The Sitesource: wikimedia.org

According to the legend, once a shepherd boy was walking along the hill (which later came to be known as Shepherd's hill) when we discovered an idol of god. When the news of the idol came to the ruler of Kakatiya dynasty, he decided to built a fortress on the hill.

HolidayIQ traveller Santhosh Wilson from Thiruvananthapuram shares, “Golconda Fort, situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad city, is a worthy visit for travellers. Even those who are not interested in historical facts have something to relish here. We spent two hours in the fort, as part of the guided tour by the Telangana Tourism Development Corporation. The fort is known for its acoustic wonders. If you clap your hands from some specific points inside the fort, it makes an echo at the topmost part of the fort. What you whisper by standing at one corner of the building will be clearly audible at the opposite corner. The water supply system using terracotta pipes is a stunning example of the ancient engineering skill.”

3. The Fort Is Famous For Its Acoustic Effect

The Fort Is Famous For Its Acoustic Effectsource: wikimedia.org

The fort famous for its acoustic effects, which was an effective security measure in those days.  It is said that the sound of clapping of hands at Fateh Darwaza can be heard clearly at ‘Bala Hissar’, the highest point situated about 1 km away in Golconda Fort.

HolidayIQ traveller Pulkit Sahu from Bhopal shares, ”One of the best places to visit in Hyderabad. Spread in a very huge area of 11 kms and surrounded by huge boundary walls. When you go at the top of the Fort, the whole Hyderabad city looks amazing. There is one mosque (Mosque of Ibrahim) and Jail. The Fort used to have good supply of both hot and cold water. These lines were made up of mud. The diamond cutting arches are huge point of attractions. If you stand exactly in the centre beneath the arches and clap your both hands then a huge sound is produced and listened to a very large distance. This technique was used at that time for communication purpose.”

4. Inside The Fort There Is An 800 Years Old Tree

Inside The Fort There Is An 800 Years Old Treesource: karnatakatravel.blogspot.com

There is an old tree in Golconda Fort which is about 800 years old. This tree is about 80 feet in circumference and can accommodate up to 12 people in the hollow in the middle.

HolidayIQ traveller Vivek Koundinya from Kurnool shares, “Lying on the western outskirts of hyderabad, derived from telugu words "Golla Konda" meaning "Shepherd's Hill" and belonging to Kakatiyas of Warangal. Over a period of time it came under the rule of Qutub Shahi who further expanded the fort. Golconda was famous for diamond market and you know Kohinoor Diamond was gifted by Golconda to the world. Ventilation is designed to let in cool breeze even in hot summers, a hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance reverberates and can be heard a kilometer away on a top hill called "Ball Hisar". Golconda Fort is closed on fridays and timings in normal days are 9:30am to 4:30 pm and not closed on National Holidays. Fees 10 Rs only and 100 Rs for foreign nationals. And don't forget to enjoy the sound and light show timings are Winters 7:pm to 8:pm and Summers 6:pm to 7pm. No foods are allowed inside. Cameras are allowed.”

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5. There Is A Secret Tunnel In Golconda Fort

There Is A Secret Tunnel In Golconda Fortsource: wikimedia.org

It is believed that there is a secret underground tunnel that leads from the "Durbar Hall" and ends in one of the palaces at the foot of the hill.

HolidayIQ traveller Rahul Sidharthan from Cochin shares, “Golconda Fort in Hyderabad is replete with history and if you have the time, don't hesitate to pay a visit to this monument. Take some time to go over the entire area so that you can soak in the feeling of how ancient rulers lived. The fort is in ruins in many places and intact in some. Don't also miss the light and sound show which showcases the rulers and how they lived along with the story of the fort. Hindi show, if one can understand, is much better than the English one.”

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