Tel: గోల్కొండ కోట gōlkoṇḍa kōṭa

‘Shepherd’s Hill’ [Golkonda, Qila Muhammadnagar]  Fort/Historic City, Telangana 

From Tel: golla, herdsman’,  ‘shepherd’; or Tel/Urd: gōḷ/gol, ’round; and konḍa, ‘hill’, ‘mountain’.

Golconda was a fort and (initially) a capital city of the 16-17thC Qutb Shahi dynasty. The present fort was built on an older structure dating back to the 11thC.

The ruins are located on the outskirts of the modern city of Hyderabad.

Golconda is famous for its diamond mines and has produced many of the world’s most famous diamonds, including the white Koh-i-Noor and the  Blue Hope.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Telangana place names.


A view of Hyderabad from Golconda Fort, Telangana

A view of Hyderabad from Golconda Fort      Sanyam Bahga