Golkonda Fort

Golkonda fort is spread over an area of three square kilometres which is 4.8 kilometres in length.

Updated: June 16, 2022

Golkonda fort is spread over an area of three square kilometres which is 4.8 kilometres in length. It is situated in the Western part of the beautiful city of Hyderabad at a distance of near about 9 km from Hussain Sagar Lake. If a person standing at a certain point near the dome entrance claps his hands, it can clearly be heard at the hilltop pavilion which lies at a distance of about one kilometer. This feature proved to be useful as with the help of this, people living inside the fort were warned of any approaching danger if any.
The Golkonda Fort showcases majestic halls, stables, magazines, four drawbridges and mounted cannons. The outermost area of the fort is known as Fateh Darwaza which means Victory gate. One of the major engineering phenomena at this glorious fort is Fateh Darwaza. The mines here are known to produce some of the most popular gems such as Idol's Eye, the Hope Diamond, Darya-i-noor and the famous Koo-i-noor. With the light and sound show which takes place during the evening is a must watch inside the fort.
The Golkonda fort was erected in the year 1143 under the Kakatiya Dynasty. An idol was found in the area by a shepherd and he informed Kakatiyan king about the same. The king gave the order to build a mud fort around the idol. The fort came to be known as 'GollaKonda' which meant Shepherd's hill in Telugu. Golkonda Fort is a grand structure built on a hill of altitude 400 feet with a circumference of 7 km displaying the beautiful fusion of Hindu-Islamic style of architecture. Its wall comprises of 8 gates and 87 bastions each one reaching the height of 50-60 feet. There are three powerful consecutive fortification walls each within the other. The first line of the wall contains town, the second line is a double wall that runs around the foot of the hill on which the citadel stands. The third line is further up the hill lying within the second comprised of masonry and natural boulders.
The dazzling fort is quite famous for its royal apartments, parade grounds, numerous halls and mosques. Amongst the eight gates, Fateh Darwaza is the main gate as the victorious march of King Aurangzeb proceeded through it. This door is 13ft wide and 25ft long and was made up of steel spikes to protect it from elephants. The Balahisar Darwaza which was built using the Nawabi style and culture is another magnificent structure. Today, only the eastern gate can be visited by the tourists. The Golkonda fort is situated on a hilltop and has superb refreshing cooling air which is what made life simpler for the royals during summers.

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