Exploring Qutb Shahi Tombs on India Holidays

Qutub Shahi Tombs

Qutub Shahi Tombs

Travellers on a vacation in Hyderabad during their India holidays may consider visiting the old tombs of Qutb Shahi rulers. The region of Hyderabad came under the Shahi rule in 1518 and remained under it till the Mughal king Aurangzeb conquered the region in 1687. The complex of Qutb Shahi Tombs contains mausoleums of the rulers of the namesake dynasties of Golconda and Hyderabad and numerous other structures. All the monuments are built atop raised platforms and are three-storey structures, topped by domes. The façades of all tomb sites have open arches that became prevalent due to the blending of the Persian and Indian styles of architecture. On their walls, visitors can still see what remains of the intricate and beautiful decorative stonework that once covered them.

Primary Sites

The tomb of Sultan Quli Qutb ul Mulk, the founder of the dynasty, stands on a raised platform, measuring 30 metres by 30 metres. It is octagonal in shape and each of its eight faces is 10 metres in length. There are 3 cenotaphs inside it and 21 more in the surrounding area. The inscriptions, in the Thuluth and Naskh scripts, on the primary grave credit its construction to the sultan himself in 1543. Near this mausoleum is that of his son and heir, Jamshed, the site of which is not inscribed at all. Between these two structures lies the mausoleum of Subhan, the son of Jamshed. The complex housing the remains of Ibrahim Shah has on its southern wall, some decorative tile work. Along with two marble caskets inside it, there are 16 more on the terrace, 9 of which probably belong to his children.

Situated atop a 65-metre per-side length and 10-metre high platform is the burial complex of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad. Among the grandest of all, this site has entrances at its eastern and southern sides while Persian inscriptions can be seen on the grave-covering. The structure, where the decayed body of Muhammad Qutb Shah, the sixth sultan of the dynasty rests, is also replete with grandeur. It was built in 1626 and here too traces of tile work can be seen.  The six cenotaphs in the chamber, all have calligraphy in the Naskh and Thuluth scripts. Inside the last of the royal burial complexes, rests the decayed corpse of Abdullah, the second-last ruler of the lineage.

Other Structures

There are more monuments here that can be seen with all inclusive vacation packages to Hyderabad, along with the primary sites. The granddaughter of the sultan; her husband and daughter and also have their tomb sites here. The non-royal monuments house the remains of Nizamuddin and Abdul Gilani, the physicians, liked by Sultan Abdullah and of Taramati and Premamati, two of his favourite courtesans. Right next to the burial complex of Ibrahim Shah is that of Neknam Khan, a soldier in the army of Abdullah. Also in the area are the monuments that contain the remains of members of the royal family and Abbas II, a Persian shah. Among more sites are a tomb complex of Hazrat Hussain Wali, a Sufi Saint and a bath for ritualistic physical cleansing of dead bodies. The on-site mosque has its roof topped by six small domes and its central hall, flanked by two minarets.


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