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During our last holiday trip in September to Hyderabad, one of the places we had shortlisted to be visited was Golconda fort, because of it's historic importance. We have visited many majestic forts and this was also one of them, however Hyderabad could not be completed without a visit to this place.

The fort, which was built in the times of Qutub Shahi dynasty, is located outskirts, around 15kms from main city. We traveled in a rented cab. There is paid parking available. The entry to the fort would cost Rs. 15 per person.

The region is historically famous for mines that produced many gems including diamonds. The world famous, Kohinoor Heera is believed to have been found (and stored) here. The fort is currently looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Golconda fort is spread over a huge area and it's a long walk to the base and then a real steep climb to reach the tip of the fort. It would tire even a fit healthy young chap. Also, you tend to get breathless as you climb up. However, the view from the top is mesmerizing. Most part of the crowded city could be seen from here.

The entire place is very picturesque and one can take lot of photographs. However, as any other typical tourist/historical spots in India, we Indians take pride in carving our own (and our beloved's) names on the stones/walls - and this is no different at Golconda. We just spoil it!

There is also a well maintained garden, lawn at the base where you can do nice photo shoot.

It should typically take about 3 hours for you to complete the fort tour. At the top, there is snack-counter selling basics - tea, soft drinks, chips, biscuits, water etc.

Guides are available, however we did not take one as they charged a bit on higher side. Best season would be from Sep-Dec, not at all recommended during summers and best time to visit would be early morning or late evening, where you can witness the sun-set from the top. I recommend to travel light (with no heavy baggage), in sports shoes, carry a water bottle, cap and camera.

One would see, people clapping around and trying to hear something, may be echo, however we were told that if you clap at the bottom of the fort near the entrance, the voice could be heard right on top.

Yet again, this fort too is a marvelous creation of those times, wonder how strong and well-thought construction was done during such olden times.amazing!

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