Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, India

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Golconda Fort is an extraordinary monument of Hyderabad, built in the 13th century by the Kakatiya kings. The present structure of the Golconda Fort was renovated by Qutub Shahi kings into a massive fort.

The magnificent fort of Golconda in Hyderabad is one of the most magnificent fortress complex in India which lies on the western outskirts and is around 11 kilometers from Hyderabad, the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh.

The construction of Golconda Fort of Hyderabad dates back to the early 13th century when this south eastern part of the country was ruled by the Kakatiyas. Nowadays the ruins of the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad have a desolate majesty in the midst of an arid plain.

Golconda Fort in Hyderabad is located on a hill about 400 feet above the surrounding plain. The Golconda Fort has 10 kilometers long outer wall with the following structures:

87 semi circular bastions with with cannons on few bastions
80 gateways
4 drawbridges
Royal apartments
The main gate of the Hyderabad Golconda Fort is called Fateh Darwaza or the Gate of Victory. This door of the Golconda Fort is 13 feet wide and 25 feet high and constellated with steel spikes, that used to protect it from the elephant attacks during wars.

The Balahisar Darwaza is one of the eight gate ways and is the most impressive gate way of all. The Golconda Fort of Hyderabad comprises of a palace, a parade ground, a mosque, an armory and other buildings. More than 380 uneven stone steps starts from the Balahisar Darwaza to Hyderabad Golconda Fort.