If you have missed the first part of my Hyderabad weekend diaries, you can read it by clicking here.
I was thinking of including the Golconda experience in my Hyderabad post itself, but as I sat typing I realized that there are so many things I want to talk about, share some of my views about this amazing heritage and a few lines would just not suffice. I tend to write long, and the post was just un-ending, and so I decided lets do a full separate post. Now, ask why? Read on….
My favorite in the entire trip. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind going here again. We finished lunch by 4:30 and were off to our next destination. Golconda is quite far from the main city…and it took us a good one hour to reach the place. By now, the heat had subsided and it was comparatively pleasant to be out in open air.
The area around Golconda is taken up by the army and all around the route you will see cantonments and army men in training. Its quite amusing to look at them.
The entire area is spread across 7km and the view is magnificent to say the least. One must do the trek till the top to see the city view. You cannot miss it. It takes around 45 mins to reach the top…its quite a walk…so probably wear your walking shoes. I went totally unprepared…and wore ballerinas 😕 …but I somehow still managed to walk the entire way…it was totally worth it in the end.
So without any further adieu, lets get started.
#1 Picture Perfect Backdrops for Pre-Wedding Photos
Its basically equivalent to Humayun’s Tomb for Delhiites. Ancient ruins in any case are in the in thing nowadays. That + the authorities here are not at all fussy about you taking fancy gadgets and camera along. But the best part is, the place is not that crowded, and it has crazy number of nooks and corners all around…for cheesy, elaborate, funny…practically any kind of photos you wish to click.
I almost wished if I had just put on something ethnic and flowy, the pictures would have come out totally different. But anyhow, you don’t need to do the same mistake.
You know surprisingly, I am searching all over the internet…but I don’t see that many couple shoots done in Golconda…If you want an unexplored location…probably you should keep this one in your consideration set.
#2 Architecture Genius-ness
When you enter through the main entrance hall of the fort, clap your hands because that clap can be heard more than a kilometer away at the top of the hill…on its highest point. Its an architecture marvel which was used to warn the people if some intruders got in, or even to notify the royals if some guests were coming.
Another magical experience was whispering to the walls. I tried it, and the husband who was far off with his ears glued to the other wall could hear everything that I said. It was amazing, gave me goosebumps… I guess the saying “deewaron ke bhi kaan hote hain” came from Golconda Fort. Mystery solved.
#3 Perfect Location for History Buffs
If you are the kind who feels totally at home when you see ancient ruins, and are not bothered with stones and rocks lying around…and sense the beauty within, then Golconda Fort is just the one for you. I wish it was better restored, and I did see part of the property under restoration…but its still a long way to go.
The thing about ruins is, if you look at it as is, you are never going to enjoy it. You need to know the history – at least basic story line to get the feel of the place.
#4 Light & Sound Show
The place looks divine when it is lit up in the evening. If you’re the kind who would rather avoid seeing ancient ruins, then probably coming for the light show in the evening is the best bet for you. It really brings alive the entire fort and its history. Beautifully narrated by our very own Amitabh Bachchan, the light show is a movie in itself.
A one hour show, throughout the story telling, they lit up part by part locations in the fort explaining incidents and history. It just makes the whole experience so much more magical knowing you just walked past those ruins…those walls which have witnessed such rich history, prosperity, violence, and more in the past.
Timings: 7pm to 8pm (everyday)
Price: Rs.140 or Rs. 80 depending upon the choice of seats.
#5 Interesting Facts about Golconda
Did you know that world famous diamonds like our very own Kohinoor (pun intended) among others like the Darya-e Nur, Nur-Ul-Ain Diamond, Hope Diamond and Regent Diamond have been owned by the sultans of Golconda before they moved out of India.
It is believed that there is a secret underground tunnel within the fort which was originally meant for escape routes for the royals…but it has never been found. Fancy no?
The mining town of Golconda, in Arizona, USA which is now a ghost town, was named after Golconda Fort, since it had mines like the ones found here.
Have any of you visited the fort before? How was your experience?