Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad

What is common between Egyptian pyramids or the Taj Mahal or Qutb Shahi Tombs in Hyderabad, India?

It has always been a deep desire in humans to leave a mark which is remembered even after their death. This desire is more pronounced with Emperors and kings. Qutb Shahi Tombs in Hyderabad, India is testimony of the same desire.

History

Qutb Shahi Tombs contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty which ruled Golconda from 1518 – 1687 AD. The Qutb Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh , close to the Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad, India.

During the Qutb Shahi rulers reign, these tombs were held in great reverence. But the fall of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, the tombs were neglected until Salar Jung III ordered their restoration in the early 19th century.

The unfinished tomb of Last Qutb Shahi sultan

Seven of the eight Qutb Shahi rulers except the last of the Qutb Shahi were buried here. Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah was the last Qutb Shahi sultan and his tomb is the last one because Abul Hassan Qutb Shah does not hold a tomb in the monument. The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb conquered the Deccan in 1687 and Abul Hassan Qutb Shah was taken as a prisoner in Daulatabad (Near Aurangabad) till his death.

Architecture

The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches, a distinctive Indo-Persian style that blends Persian, Pashtun and Hindu forms.These tombs are made of beautifully carved stonework, and surrounded by landscaped gardens.

The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are two storied. There are 21 domed granite tombs, out of which seven are the prominent pertaining to Qutb Shahi rulers.

 

Picture of Qutb Shahi tombs:

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Qutb Shahi dynasty period

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Tomb of Hayat Bakshi Begum

 

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Tomb of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah

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The Qutb Shahi Mosque

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Distinctive and detailed Indo-Persian style architecture evident in the tomb pictures

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Distinctive and detailed Indo-Persian style architecture evident in the tomb pictures

Pictures of archways at Qutb Shah tombs:

 

Tips:

  1. The visit requires  at least  1 -2 hours to see all the tombs depending upon your interest in the history and requires extensive walking so it is better to plan the visit in the morning or evening.
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