The Qutub Shahi Tombs were planned and built by numerous monarchs who ruled the city and the state during the 18th century. Lying two kilometers from the Golconda Fort, the Qutub Shahi Tombs are built to Persian, Hindu and Pathani styles of architecture. Located in the heart of Hyderabad, these tombs are a famous landmark in the city. Domed structures, terraced gardens, intricate parapets and exquisite ornamentation can all be found at one place. What’s more, the Deccan Festival is held at the Qutub Shahi Tombs every year, presenting an opportunity for all those who want to witness the architectural and engineering marvels of the 18th century. Small and big sarcophagi can be found here, although only a few of them remain and are open to public now. These monuments are not only known for its splendid artistry and sprawling gardens, but is also known for the countless tombs of the last standing royals of Golconda. Scroll down for more information.
An Architectural Marvel
One of the most important tombs at the Qutub Shahi Tombs is the one that belongs to the Qutub Shahi dynasty founder, Sultan Quli Qutub-ul-Mulk. He built his tomb himself and was the longest overseer of the architectural project. He also decided to build tombs that belonged to the non-ruling members of the royal families for example the sisters, nephews and nieces. Just like the Paigah Tombs were built for the entire Paigah nobility, the Qutub Shahi Tombs were built and dedicated to the seven Qutub Shahi rulers and their families who ruled Golconda for nearly 170 years.
The grandeur of the tombs is shielded by the majestic, landscaped gardens of Ibrahim Bagh. The styles of the tombs are perhaps, the most important reason why thousands of tourists flock the resting places of these Golconda rulers. One will be able to see Hindu, Persian, Pathan and Deccan styles of architecture. As a result, you will be able to spot the amalgam of the Indo-Saracenic entrances, Persian minarets, domed structures and intricately designed columns. Inside, the tombs differ in size and number. One of the most modest looking tombs belongs to the founder of the Qutub Shahi dynasty himself—Sultan Quli Qutub-ul-Mulk.
Simple designs and geometrical symmetry are probably the only patterns that glaze his sarcophagus. However, one of the most impressive tombs belongs to the founder of Hyderabad, Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah and rises to a height of 42 meters and protected by a large dome. Minarets and ornamental parapets complete the Islamic architecture and his tomb. The other tombs are still awe-inspiring in their own right. False openings, central pillars and two-tiered terraces all form an important part of the architecture of the other tombs here. The corridors of the famous Qutub Shahi tombs are famous for its Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Pointed arches and 28 openings add to the kingly architecture of the Qutub Shahi Tombs.
How To Reach
The Qutub Shahi tombs are centrally located and are only 2 kilometers from the Golconda Fort in the Hyderabad. You can either board a bus from the closest bus depot to you or get down at Golconda Fort Bus Stop. You could hire local transport (auto-rickshaws or private taxis) to reach the Qutub Shahi Tombs.