India - Hyderabad - Golconda Fort

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 opted not to hire a guide since they quoted us 700 rupees and refused to negotiate.  We had a fine time exploring at our own pace.
We climbed a set of stairs to get a good view of one of the entrances to the inner fort.
A large group of students was posing for a picture near the gate and before we knew it, they had surrounded us for a group photo.  We were stopped at least four times at the fort by people interested in being photographed with us.  I'm tall, my hair is somewhat light, and I'm particularly pale so I think I was a bit of a novelty for the locals.  It was all good fun.
We explored a relatively flat area decked out with pops of colored flowers.
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 began our ascent to the zenith.
We stopped into a small temple in a cave with bright orange drawings on the wall.
As we climbed, we admired sweeping but hazy views of Hyderabad and the surrounding area.
At the top of the hill, we spotted a monument that resembled half of Charminar.
We also passed another temple...
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.
I could just imagine colorful pottery or other historical knick-knacks housed in these alcoves.
Once again, we reached ground level, had a stroll past the gardens, and found our way to the hustle and bustle of the entrance gate where our driver was awaiting our return.
Golconda Fort was a great stop to get a bit of exercise and experience a piece of local history.



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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: India - Hyderabad - Golconda Fort
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