Qutub Shahi Tombs Hyderabad - A Memorial to Former Golconda Kings

I have always loved travelling and enjoying my life to its fullest. My tryst with the hidden Hyderabad wonders has helped me learn a lot. Having curiosity in history of India and its rulers I made sure to visit Qutub Shahi Tombs Hyderabad erected as memorial to the seven famous Qutub Shahi Kings of Golconda, who ruled for at least 170 years here. The majestic display of the tombs was a pleasure to watch in the beautiful and calm environment. Located at about 1 km to the north of Golconda Fort in the Ibrahim Baghamidst the picturesque landscape, the authenticity and the grandeur of the tomb stand outstanding. Capturing the beauty in my camera was a real delight. It followed a diversity of style displaying Persian, Hindu and Pathan forms with use of arches, minarets, gallery, columns and domes. Grey coloured granite was used to build the structure with excellent embellishment of stucco ornamentation.

Qutub Shahi Tombs Hyderabad
Qutub Shahi Tombs Hyderabad | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

These tombs have dome structure on the top of square base standing on a raised platform. Having pointed arches on sides all the tombs have distinctive style blending with Pashtun, Persian and Hindu forms,  rising from about 9 to 15 meters above the level of terrace. I was enchanted by the minarets, which were at the corners of the tomb surrounding it. Larger tombs have two storeys while smaller ones are single storey. These domes were made originally with green and blue tiles and the remains of a few pieces could still be seen. These tombs were furnished earlier with carpets, velvet canopies on shinning silver poles and chandeliers. Quran copies were also kept here to read. Golden spires on top of the tombs distinguished them from other family members.

Muhammed Quil Qutub Shah Tomb
Muhammed Quil Qutub Shah Tomb | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The tomb of Sultan Quli Qutub-ul-Mulk is one of the most self-effacing buildings by him. The gigantic height of the Muhammed Quil Qutub Shah tomb with 42.5m having a large dome on top and with twenty eight open arches on its sides makes it a largest monument. Except for Abdul Hassan Tana Shah who died while capturing Daulatabad all other seven Qutub Shahi kings are buried here. Nowhere else in the world so many tombs of a single dynasty can be seen at one place. There are other tombs too of non-ruling members of family but are less impressive than these. Qutub Shahi Tombs Hyderabad is a testimony of the engineering expertise and I made sure to look at all the fine details related to it. With a lot of interesting memories, I left the place for Shilparamam, next on my itinerary.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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