I accidentally scheduled my business trip to Hyderabad to coincide with an Indian holiday. Faced with a Monday morning and no work to do before my Dublin colleagues came online, we decided to take advantage of the situation and visit Golconda Fort, another of the flagship attractions in Hyderabad.
As you can see, we paid dearly for being foreigners. Our admission was 100 rupees while locals paid 5 rupees. In absolute terms, the entry fee wasn't bad and equated to about $2 USD.
We looked up at our ultimate destination - the top of a really steep hill.
The fort was laid out on the hillside and seemed to consist of a series of ridges.
We reached the pinnacle, listened for the claps that you can supposedly hear all the way from the fort entrance (a celebrated acoustical phenomenon of the place), posed for a few pictures with local visitors, admired the view, and then began our descent.
We could see the well-manicured lawns we'd walked through in the distance.
We descended a steep staircase.
At the base, we walked through a few picturesque arches and listened to the sounds of bats who had taken up residence in a dark corner of the property.
Golconda Fort was a great stop to get a bit of exercise and experience a piece of local history.