After we were done visiting the historic Golconda Fort, we headed for another historic attraction of the city which was the Qutub Shahi Tombs. The tombs are located at a distance of just 2 km from the Golconda Fort so it didn’t take much time for us to travel there. The tombs are 21 in number and are serenely situated in the lush green landscaped gardens. It also has many mosques.
The gardens are the burial grounds of the Qutub Shahi rulers and 7 out of the 8 rulers are said to be buried here along with many courtesans, physicians and other Royal family members. There is an exhibition near the entrance gate of the gardens which has all the information regarding the tombs and the people buried there. The domes of the tombs are mounted cubically and have beautiful colonnades decorated with delicate lime ornamentation.
We spent most our time taking pictures of the domes, mausoleums and the beautiful structures. The best one among them which I liked was that of Mohammed Quli, the founder of Hyderabad. The tomb stands at a height of 42 metre on a platform near the complex edge and faces Golconda Fort towards East. It is one of the most beautifully carved tombs with a lot of artistic work.
The structure and style of all the tombs varies. Some of them are Indian style, Hindu Style and most are in Persian style architecture. Many of the non ruling members of the Royal family are also buried there like Fatima Sultan, the sister of Qutub Shah. The tomb of Husain Wali, the sufi saint is also there. The tombs are a perfect example of the engineering and craftsmanship of the artisans and builders of that era. After so many centuries, the beauty of these tombs is still intact.
Our trip to Hyderabad was in its concluding phase. We were thrilled after visiting so many amazing palaces, forts, historical structures and museums. We decided to conclude our trip with a visit to one of the star attractions of the city which was the Hussain Sagar Lake.