Qutb Shahi Tombs

16-17th CE

Location

Shaikpet, Shaikpet, Hyderabad

The Qutb Shahi Tombs are the final resting places of the the Qutb Shahi royal family members and other important figures of the court (example: Hakeems, the Royal Physician). Located near Golconda Fort, the complex contains single domes, mosques, fountains and basins of water in Indo-Islamic style that are truly marvellous and perhaps one of the largest tomb complexes in the world.

The rulers of the Qutb Shahi dynasty seem to have had an acute perception of the ephemeral nature of their palaces and monuments and therefore put their finest efforts into the building of their Mausoleums that they knew would outlast them by centuries. The height of the basements, the architectural pattern of the domes, decoration of the external walls, the tile work, the facade work and the stucco work vary from one tomb to the other. Apart from this, there are gardens and water channels meant for supplying water to the fountains.

The most of prominent of all is the tomb of Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah (1580 – 1612 CE), the founder of Hyderabad. The extensive and elaborated tomb was constructed in such a way that the eastern platform overlooked the city of Hyderabad, Charminar and Char Kaman.

How to Reach

Qutb Shahi Tombs is accessible by road due to its location near Golconda fort and is at a distance of approximately 6 km from Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.