Golconda Fort tour - private: Visit in the morning, when the weather is perfect to climb 360 steps oneway. Originally, 12th Cen Kakatiya Fort of Hindu rulers is 12 km from city. Clap while you nap at the entrance. Facinating views from Baradari (400 ft) plains and royal necropolis. The outer wall is 8 km with 87 semicircular bastions and 8 gates. In 1687 it fell to the marching Aurangazeb by means of treachery, latter used a prison by Nizams. Fabled treasure like Koh-i-noor is looted. Huge blocks of cut stone butting onto natural outcrops of granite, with several buildings for living, treasury, harems, mosques, baghs, baths and barracks. Royal Necropolis is located north west of the fort, out through Banjara Gate. Mostly from QUTUB Shahi period, large tombs have their own mosques. Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah and Kulsum Begum Tombs are worth visiting.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Three to four hours.
Start/opening time: At 9.30am. Pick up at 9am.
Others: This tour requires climbing of 360 steps one way.