Walking Through The Nawabi Kingdom-Golkonda Fort
Hyderabad, the city of Nawab, famous for the iconic Golkonda fort, situated in the heart of the city. It is a citadel in Southern India and was the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. Today we are Walking Through The Nawabi Kingdom-Golkonda Fort.
So when we were preparing our tour itinerary, we marked this place in our top priority. Accordingly the next morning after reaching Hyderabad, we woke up early and was ready for the day. We had our breakfast and set out for Golkonda fort situated at Ibrahim Bagh.
We booked a cab from Panjagutta and headed towards the Fort. The weather was calm and pleasant due to the winter season. But the problem which we faced was the heavy traffic in this Deccan city. After 2 hours of pushing the traffic, when our cab took the final left turn and entered through the gate, a much-awaiting excitement popped out from our soul. Our car passed through a high-security zone and finally, we stepped out in front of the entrance gate of the Golkonda Fort.
The aroma of age-old rocks always trapped us and made us submissive to fall in love for the forts. After buying the tickets we finally get into the fortress premises, through the main gate. The fort was impressively huge and an excellent example of human creation.
The fort has 8 gates or locally known as Darwazas. Among them, the main gate is Fateh Darwaza [Gate of Victory]. This door is 13 feet wide and 25 feet high and augmented with steel spikes to protect it from charging elephants. On the top of the door, the images of peacock and lion are embedded on the wall.
The fort also includes a palace, a mosque, a parade ground, and an armory besides many other buildings that we will explore.
This fort also possessed one of the most lavish diamonds of the world, the Kohinoor Diamond, also known as “Mountain of Light”.
Upon walking through the paved path along the side of the garden, we noticed many tourists clapping, standing under a dome. At first, it seemed quite strange to us but later we came to know the science behind this.
The fort shaped in such a way that if anybody clapped under the dome, the echo of the clap reached the Baradari Place pavilion of the fort, almost 435 kilometers far from the clapping place. This mechanism alerted the Royals about an attack.
Besides this, two more interesting scientific facts this fort has are:
- The Mahal at the crest of the fort, famed as Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind), where the royals enjoying the cold windy air, fulfilling the purpose of the modern air conditioner.
- The water supply system was so advanced that in spite of rocks; water gets supplied at every level of the fort. It had channeled pipe water system being brought from a secret lake called Durgam Cheruvu.
Walking forward to the fort in the left was Aslah Khana.
One of the magnificent structures of Balahisar with three storied building consists of arches along with a big hall. Former it, used as the storeroom of guns, cannonballs and different types of firearms. This structure was disabling from 16th century A.D.
Now the time has come to hop to the highest point of the fort, i.e. Baradari Palace. For this, we had two options, either climbing up the 360 stairs like most of the tourist do or making our way a little bit interesting by adding some rock climbing instead of stairs. So we choose the second one and started our further exploration.
The path was little rough and we took around 2 hours to overcome the route. Finally, we put our tired feet on the top of the fort at Baradari Palace. On the way, we stumble upon a beautiful Qutub Shahi Mosque.
Qutub Shahi Mosque was one of the oldest constructions within this fort and built by Sultan Ibrahim Qutub Shah. Few steps ahead to the right was the temple of Durga Mata.
Coming back to the Baradari palace, a two-storied structure along with an audience hall and immense courtyard from where the kings enjoy the magnificent view of his kingdom. The eye-catching gorgeous view of the whole city from that terrace made us astonished.
At one corner there was a series of steps going downwards as a secret route up to Charminar. (Not sure about it)
Added from our earlier visit, we further stepped up and reached the topmost part of the fort known as Hawa Mahal, used by the queens to enjoy the cool breeze. We spread our arms to feel the cool breeze within our soul. The experience was inexpressible by the words. This time the path was restricted for the visitors.
After enough exercise of climbing up and down, our appetite started to give a red alert. So we located the canteen- food stalls and immediately bought some food to relieve our tummy.
By now it was almost 5 pm but we also had a plan for light and sound program in the evening. In the leisure time, we decided to roam around the fort and took more photographs.
The garden of the fort was very nice and designed after the typical Mughal Garden. Nagina Bagh meaning “The Jewel in the Garden”, divided in the quadrants by paved pathways probably converging into a fountain placed in the center of the garden.
Light and Sound Program of Golkonda Fort:
The light and Sound show are like a cherry on the top and it all together makes more attractive for the history-loving tourists. The sound and light show at Golconda Fort is done in three languages namely English, Hindi and Telugu with a voice over of Bollywood living legend Amitabh Bachchan.
Starting with the Ghazal in the voice of Jagjit Singh “Ek Gulshan tha jalwanuma”, along with the details of the reign led by Yadava, Kakatiya and Qutb Shahi dynasties. The dramatic conversation between the then royals like Prataprudra of Kakatiya ruler and his commander or the threat of attack given by the Nawab of Delhi, Allauddin Khilji gave us goosebumps. Like this, many more incidents along with the years, narrated along with the dramatic sounds of battles, horse rides and so on.
Through this program, we also came to know the origin of the name GOLKONDA and its significance.
Overall we enjoyed the show and now the time came to headed towards the hotel…
Golconda fort sound and light show tickets:
The show timings of Light and Sound show at Golconda Fort are
Show Timings (Nov to Feb): 1st Show 6:30 pm 2nd Show 7.45pm &
Show Timings (Mar to Oct): 1st Show 7:00 pm 2nd Show 8.15pm.
Travel Tips :
- You may feel exhausted and tired during summertime. So November to March is the best time to visit.
- Carry plenty of water. Wear loose fit clothes, flat shoes, sunglass, and hats.
- Carry a camera or a handy camera.
- Hire a travel guide or an audio guide. The travel guide will help you throughout your trip inside the fort. He will narrate to you all the stories and warn you about the blind alleys.
- The total time for exploring is almost 2-3 hours.
- Always carry mosquito cream as we encountered hell lot of mosquito during light and sound show.
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