Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

The Qutb Shahi Tombs lie close to the Golconda Fort in the serenely landscaped Ibrahim Bagh. The beautifully adorned tombs of the members of the royal family and the tranquil garden in which they are placed are an important itinerary among the excursions from the Secunderabad.

The Qutb Shahi Tombs are placed in two separate galleries in Ibrahim Bagh. The garden is the burial ground of all the Qutb Shahi kings, excepting the last monarch. Tombs of the Qutb Shahi Kings The gallery of tombs consists of small and large engraved structures. The smaller tombs are made of a single storey while the larger ones, like that of Mohammed Quli's Tomb feature two storeys. The grandest of all tombs is that of Mohammed Quli, built in 1602. The tomb stands below a vault under the terrace and bears the inscriptions written in Persian and Naskh scripts. The tomb can be reached through the southern and the eastern gates.

Sultan Quli's Tomb was built in the year 1543 by the king himself, in accordance to the prevailing custom. This set the design for the tombs of his descendants. The chamber, in which three tombs are placed, is octagonal in shape. Sultan Quli's tomb displays a unique style of inscription that appears in three bands, written in the Tauq and Naskh scripts. The inlaid inscription cites the Sultan as the Bada Malik, meaning The Great Master.

Beside the tomb of the Sultan lies the engraved structure of his son, Jamshed. The unique characteristic of this tomb is that it is the only tomb in the gallery to be built of black basalt. Unlike the squat tombs of the other rulers, Jamshed's tomb is built in two storeys and does not bear any inscription. The tomb of Jamshed's son also does not bear any inscription like his father's.

The mausoleum of Sultan Ibrahim's tomb was earlier enameled with tiles, the reminiscent of which are still present. The calligraphists and contemporaries of Ibrahim Shah, Ismail, Isphalan and Taqiuddiii Muhammad Salih, left teinscriptions on the edifices in Naskh, Tulth and Nastaliq scripts.

In terms of grandiosity, the tomb of Mohanunad Qutub Shah, the sixth Sultan, is comparable with that of Mohammed Quli. The tomb still bears the reminiscent of the enameled tiles that decorated the tomb earlier. The mausoleum of the tomb was built in the year 1626. The tomb of the king's sister, Fatima Sultan lies by the entrance of the garden.

The gallery also preserves the twin tombs of the favorite hakims or physicians of the court that were built in 1651. The tomb of the favorite dancers of Sultan Abdullah Shah, Premamati and Taramati and the commander-in-chief of his army, Neknam Khan, are also placed in the premises.

Architecture of the Qutb Shahi Tombs

The Qutb Shahi Tombs in Secunderabad contain the sarcophagus in the middle, which is the gateway to the actual burial vault encrypted beneath. The square base of the tombs is grounded on pointed arches. The architecture of the tombs is reminiscent of the distinctive style of the Pathan, Hindu and Persian architects. Intricately woven stonework feature on all the Qutb Shahi Tombs of Secunderabad.

Dargah and Bath

In the extreme west of tombs lie the dargah of the revered Sufi saint, Husain Shah Wali. The mosque of Hayat Bakshi Begum was built to commemorate the mentor of the Qutb Shah Kings. The mortuary bath is an exceptional example of architecture in itself, replicating the Turkish and the Persian baths. The bodies of the members of the royal family were earlier brought to the bath through the Banjara Gate for a ritualistic bathing.

Past Glory

In the former ages, the Qutb Shahi Tombs at Secunderabad were adorned with velvet canopies on silver plated stands, carpets and chandeliers. The holy book, Koran, was placed by the tombs and verse was recited at regular intervals. The tombs of the kings of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty featured golden spires to represent their magisterial stature, easily distinguishable from the other members of the royal family.

In the past, the tombs were overlaid with tiles rationalized with classic colors of blue and green. The former aura of the tombs has succumbed to the ravages of time and retains only the vestiges of the glorious past.

The tombs were the most venerated place during the reign of the Qutb Shahi kings and the criminals taking refuge in the place were granted pardon. During the reign of Sir Salar Jung III in the 19th century, the tombs were ordered to be restored. The garden and the compound wall were built during his reign.

Location of Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Qutb Shahi Tombs - Entry Fee, Timing, Address, Official Website

AddressFort Rd, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500008
Entry Fee :Entry Fee for Adults : 10 Rs.
Entry Fee for Children : 5 Rs.
Timings :Visiting Hours - 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Days When ClosedFriday
Phone No (Official) +91-40-23513410
Official Websitewww.hyderabad.org.uk
Photography allowed or notAllowed
Still Camera Fee :20 Rs.
Nearest railway stationHyderabad Decan Railway Station

Last Updated on : May 26, 2015