This morning, I visited the 13 tombs of Qutub Shahi dynasty along with couple of friends (Dr. Hemant and Prakash), which is just about 25 minutes from my home. This place is within walkable distance of Doc Hemant’s palatial home, hence we started for the visit after a scrumptious breakfast. Here are few details of this interesting place, based on the detailed shared by our guide and the Wiki too
Qutub Shahi Tombs (about 13 of them) are located very close to the famous Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. The smaller tombs are of a single storied while the larger ones are two storied. In the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below.
The tombs form a large cluster and stand on a raised platform. The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches, a distinctive style that blends both Persian and Indian forms. The tombs are structures with intricately carved stonework and are surrounded by landscaped gardens.
The tombs once supposedly furnished with carpets and chandeliers and velvet canopies on silver poles. Copies of the Quran were kept on pedestals and readers recited verses from the holy book at regular intervals. Golden spires were fitted over the tombs of the sultans to distinguish their tombs from those of other members of the royal family.
During the Qutb Shahi period, these tombs were held in great generation. But after their reign, the tombs were neglected until Sir Salar Jung III ordered their restoration in the early 19th century. A garden was laid out, and a compound wall was built. Once again, the tomb-garden of the Qutb Shahi family became a place of serene beauty. All except the last of the Qutb Shahi sultans lie buried here. (Source: Wiki)