While you are on a visit to Golconda Fort, dont forget to visit Taramati Baradari, another architectural splendour of the Qutub Shahis. About a mile from the Golconda Fort, on the road to Osman Sagar stands this unique structure on a rugged hillock. This is basically square shaped double storied complex, with strong arches on all sides. Taramati was the royal mistress of Abdulla Qutub Shah and the last King of Golconda, Abul Hasan Tana Shah. She was a beautiful courtesan and also a proficient singer and musician.
It is said that Taramati used to dance on a tight rope on moonlit nights. This rope extended from her pavilion to the Golconda fort. This structure has a terraced garden and 12 doorways and hence the name Taramati Baradari , Baradari meaning doorway. It is also said that there is a secret passage from this complex to Charminar, which was used by the king to reach there in five minutes on his horse. Now, as we learnt, this passage is closed by a huge rock.
This building is being developed by AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) and is used as a venue for the Golconda Music and Dance Festival, the Taramati Music Festival, the Premavathi Dance Festival and other festivals with folk dances and arts from other parts of the country. There is an open air auditorium, which can accommodate about 1600 persons and an air-conditioned theatre that can fit about 500 persons in the banquet hall. Towards evening the building is illuminated with colourful lights, giving it a fabulous look.
There is a multi-cuisine restaurant called Punnami and a bar run by the APTDC. The food you get here is not very good but ok.