Located 2 km away from the illustrious Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs are not to be overlooked when visiting Hydrabad. Not only it’s a one of a kind archeological park, where almost the entire royal dynasty is buried in one place, but the tombs of the Qutb Shahi rulers represent a fine amalgamation of architectural refinement and romantic flavor of the era bygone.
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We reached the place early in the morning, when some of the monuments were not open to the public yet (opening hours for those are from 9.30 in the morning to 4.30 in the evening). However, exploring the place with the ancient structures being gently caressed by the morning sunshine was totally worth it.
Seven kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty ruled the region over the time span of 170 years, leaving long-lasting footprints of their reign, and the tombs themselves are a silent testament to their glory. Here you’ll find the simple but elegant tomb of sultan Quli Qutb ul Mulk, the founder of the dynasty. It was he who proclaimed the Golconda an independent kingdom and became its self-proclaimed sultan. There is also an opulent tomb of Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah, who founded the city of Hyderabad back in the end of the 16th century. Although unfinished, the tomb of Mirza Nizamuddin Ahmed also speaks to a discerning visitor.
Only the last ruler, Nawab Abdul Hassan, was buried elsewhere after 12 years of imprisonment in the Daulatabad Fort (which I hope to visit, by the way). It was during his reign when Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, conquered the region, and the tapestry of history was changed once more.
The tombs are different in size, but unmistakably united by similar architectural features – quadrangular shape of the bases, majestic domes and pointed arches. Each of them is a unique combination of Persian and Pathan architectural styles, with remains of blue tiles suggesting a middle Asian influence. The use of grey granite emphasizes the strength and might of the structures, and intricate stucco ornaments add irresistible charm.
The monuments are surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, and in the morning hours the place was full of activity. There were joggers, walkers, badminton players and yoga practitioners. Seeing people celebrating good health and liveliness in a place which was actually supposed to be a necropolis inevitably suggested some philosophical conclusions:)
Qutb Shahi Tombs photos
Qutb Shahi Tombs on the map