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    Golconda Fort is a historic fortress and ruined city located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was originally called Mankal. The fort was originally built by Kakatiya ruler Pratāparudra in the 11th century out of mud walls.

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    Golconda Fort is a historic fortress and ruined city located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was originally called Mankal. The fort was originally built by Kakatiya ruler Pratāparudra in the 11th century out of mud walls.

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    Golconda Fort

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    Golconda Fort

    Coordinates 17°22′59″N 78°24′04″E / 17.38306°N 78.40111°E

    Coordinates: 17°22′59″N 78°24′04″E / 17.38306°N 78.40111°E

    Site information

    Owner Archaeological Survey of India

    Controlled by Archaeological Survey of India

    Open to the public Yes Site history Built 1351 AD[1]

    Built by Musunuri Kapayya (1351 - Mud Fort for Military Defence)

    Quli Qutubh Shah (1518 - Huge Fortification)

    Demolished Fort is abandoned and emerged as Hyderabad City

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    Occupants Musunuri Nayakas, Bahamani Sultanate, Golconda Sultanate, Mughal Empire

    Panoramic view of the Golconda Fort

    Golconda Fort (Telugu: గోల్కొండ, romanized: ) is a historic fortress and ruined city located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.[2] It was originally called Mankal.[2][3] The fort was originally built by Kakatiya ruler Pratāparudra in the 11th century out of mud walls.[3] It was ceded to the Bahmani Kings by Deo Rai, Rajah of Warangal during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Shah (1358-1375 A.D.) of the Bahmani Sultanate.[3] Following the death of Sultan Mahmood Shah, the Sultanate disintegrated and Sultan Quli, who had been appointed as the Governor of Telangana by the Bahmani Kings, fortified city and made it the capital of the Golconda Sultanate. Because of the vicinity of diamond mines, especially Kollur Mine, Golconda flourished as a trade centre of large diamonds known as Golconda Diamonds. Golconda Fort is currently abandoned and in ruins.

    The complex was put by UNESCO on its "tentative list" to become a World Heritage Site in 2014, with others in the region, under the name Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (despite there being a number of different sultanates).[2]

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    1 History 2 Diamonds 3 The Fort

    4 Golconda ruling dynasties

    5 Naya Qila (New Fort)

    6 Qutub Shahi Tombs

    7 UNESCO World Heritage

    8 Influences

    8.1 In popular culture

    8.2 Places named after Golconda

    9 Gallery 10 See also 11 Citations

    12 General bibliography

    13 External links

    History[edit]

    Ruins of the Fort

    The origins of the Golconda Fort can be traced back to the 11th century. It was originally a small mud fort built by Pratāparudra of the Kakatiya Empire.[3] The name is thought to originate from Telugu for "shepherd's hill" (గొల్ల కొండ, romanized: ).[4][5] It is also thought that Kakatiya ruler Ganapatideva 1199–1262 built a stone hilltop outpost — later known as Golconda Fort — to defend their western region.[6] The fort was later developed into a fortified citadel in 1518 by Sultan Quli of the Qutb Shahi Empire and the city was declared the capital of the Golconda Sultanate.[5]

    The Bahmani kings took possession of the fort after it was made over to them by means of a by the Rajah of Warangal.[3] Under the Bahmani Sultanate, Golconda slowly rose to prominence. Sultan Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk (r. 1487–1543), sent by the Bahmanids as a governor at Golconda, established the city as the seat of his governance around 1501. Bahmani rule gradually weakened during this period, and Sultan Quli (Quli Qutub Shah period) formally became independent in 1518, establishing the Qutb Shahi dynasty based in Golconda.[7][8][9] Over a period of 62 years, the mud fort was expanded by the first three Qutb Shahi sultans into the present structure: a massive fortification of granite extending around 5 km (3.1 mi) in circumference. It remained the capital of the Qutb Shahi dynasty until 1590 when the capital was shifted to Hyderabad. The Qutb Shahis expanded the fort, whose 7 km (4.3 mi) outer wall enclosed the city.

    During the early seventeenth century a strong cotton-weaving industry existed in Golconda. Large quantities of cotton were produced for domestic and exports consumption. High quality plain or patterned cloth made of muslin and calico was produced. Plain cloth was available as white or brown colour, in bleached or dyed variety. Exports of this cloth was to Persia and European countries. Patterned cloth was made of prints which were made indigenously with indigo for blue, chay-root for red coloured prints and vegetable yellow. Patterned cloth exports were mainly to Java, Sumatra and other eastern countries.[10]

    The fort finally fell into ruin in 1687 after an eight-month-long siege led to its fall at the hands of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who ended the Qutb Shahi reign and took the last Golconda king, Abul Hassan Tana Shah, captive.[11][5]

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    Golconda Fort Hyderabad, timings, entry ticket cost, price, fee

    Golconda Fort Hyderabad (Entry Fee, Timings, Entry Ticket Cost, Images & Best Time)

    Golconda Fort Entry Fee

    25 per person for Indians 300 per person for Foreign Tourists 25 for Still Camera

    Golconda Fort Sound & Light Show Fee

    140 per Adult in Executive Class 110 per Child in Executive Class 80 per Adult in Normal Class 60 per Child in Normal Class

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    040 2351 2401

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    Golconda Fort Address: Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500008, India

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    Golconda Fort Timings

    Day Timing

    Monday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Wedesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Thursday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Saturday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Sunday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Sound & Light Show Timings at Golconda Fort

    1st Show English (All Days)

    2nd Show in Telugu on Monday, Wednesday & Friday,

    2nd Show in Hindi on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.

    Show Timings (Nov to Feb): 1st Show 6:30pm 2nd Show 7.45pmShow Timings (Mar to Oct): 1st Show 7:00pm 2nd Show 8.15pm.Note: Sound & Light Show Ticket counter at Golconda Fort is open from 5:30 PM

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    Golconda Fort Hyderabad is an outstanding example of brilliant engineering and magical architecture. Located at a distance of 11km from the city, it is the most famous of all Hyderabad tourist places. The name of the fort has been derived from the Telugu words "Golla" and "Konda" which together means 'Shepherd's Hill'.

    However, do keep in mind the Golconda Fort timings and entry fee before planning a visit to this regal symbol of history. For instance, Golconda fort timings are from 9 am to 5.30 pm. After that, visitors are not allowed to enter the fort, unless they are going for the light and show at night. Hence, to explore the beauty of this place at leisure, plan you visit early in the day.

    An impressive structure, which once, would have bewitched every onlooker, stands majestically even today. Golconda Fort is sure to impress you with not only with that highly advanced techniques were used back then and sturdy structure, but also with an outstanding view of the surrounding city.

    The sunset from the top of the fort, is awe-inspiring. One of Hyderabad's most popular and supreme monuments, Golconda Fort allures every visitor with its unparalleled beauty and grandeur. A Hyderabad Tour is incomplete without a visit to this fort.

    History of Golconda Fort

    Founded in the approximately 12th Century by the Kakatiya Kings, this massive Golconda Fort with eight gates and 87 bastions was later built by Qutub Shahi Kings.

    The name Golconda Fort has a legend behind it. As per the story, a shepherd boy was once walking on this hill when he had come across a God idol. The news about the shepherd boy and his findings reached the then ruler of Kakatiya Dynasty. The King then decided to built a fort on the hill, which then came to be known as Golconda (Shepherd’s Hill) Fort.

    However, almost 200 years later, the fort came under Bahamani rulers. Later Qutub Shahi Kings took the fort under their control and extended it further. The fort was fortified and expanded during the reign of Bahamani rulers and Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Later in 1687, this fort came under the rule of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. It was then the fort was left unattended.

    At present, the Golconda Fort constitutes a complex layout of palaces, mosques and pavilion, all of which unfortunately are in ruins now.

    It is said that Golconda used to be a famous diamond market attracting merchants from all over the world. It was at Golconda that the famous Kohinoor and Hope diamonds along with others such as The Regent Diamond, Darya-e Nur, Nur-Ul-Ain Diamond were stored.

    Architecture of Golconda Fort

    With perimeters of around 11 kilometers, the fort has 15 to 18 foot high walls. It has huge gates that have pointed iron spikes on them. This protected the fort from Elephants damaging the fort as well as enemy attacks. Golconda fort presents a mesmerizing architecture which will astonish you at each and every step. This fort has been built on a granite rock with a height of 12 meters. Huge rampart around the golconda fort was built, a glimpse of which can still be seen.

    The system of acoustics in the Fort is something which attracts each and every visitor. The sound of clapping at the entrance can be heard at the ‘Bala Hissar' which is the highest point and almost a kilometre away. This system was apparently used for communication purposes, especially to alert royal in case of any attack.

    Other attractive features of the Fort include water supply system which does leave many marvelling at the advancement of the technical and scientific knowledge while constructing this fort. Another popular aspect is the 'Rahban' cannon.

    Ramdas’ prison is one of the popular spots inside the fort. According to legend, Ramdas who was a revenue collector in Abdul Hasan Shah's court was imprisoned. During his imprisonment, he carved Hindu deities on the wall of his cell. One can see many carvings of Hindu Lord Hanuman on the wall, which are now smeared with holy vermillion. A holy lamp or two (diyas) is also kept lit in front of the carvings.

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