Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, Telangana

We are familiar with the word tomb, India has many tombs which are considered as precious and preserved by the government of the country. What do you mean by a tomb and what are the purposes of the tomb. Let us have a close look at the special features of tomb. A tomb is a building which is built to preserve the dead remains famous people like the early kings and queens. The large buildings will be having the burial chambers of these rulers.

The famous Qutb Shahi Tombs is one of the most impressive tombs in India and is situated at Hyderabad. The Qutb Shahi Tomb is located next to the great Golkonda fort which can be used as a landmark for reaching the tomb. Some of the specialties of the Qutb Shahi Tombs are that it got located on a raised area and all are in that same area forming a cluster of Tombs. The unique feature of its design is that it is a hybrid of all the Hindu, Persian and Pashtun styles of design.  The tombs have a square shaped base on which the dome is placed and it is bounded by pointed arches which makes it a hybrid design. Gardens are used to decorate the surroundings of the tomb which forms an eye-catching view for the visitors coming here. Now let us go through the historical importance of these tombs.

As the name suggests these tombs were built under the control of the great Qutb Shahi Dynasty and they took great care of these structures, but the followers of these dynasty did not gave much importance for these buildings. But later during the 19th century, the ruler known as Salar Jung III tried to preserve these tombs and he designed and built the garden and walls surrounding the tombs. The kings of the Qutub Shahi dynasty were buried in these here.

Sultan Quli Qutub ul Mulk’s tomb is an earliest tomb in the complex, which is located on a raised terrace. The chamber in which the remains of the sultans are placed is octagonal in shape with each side having a length of 10 metres. A dome like structure is used as the roof of the chamber, which make it more attractive. You could find three graves in the chamber few graves can also be seen in the terrace. This tomb was constructed by Sultan Quli in 1543.

Jamsheed Quli Qutub Shah’s tomb is the tomb which is next to the Sultan Quli Qutub ul Mulk tomb. Jamshed Quli was the son of Sultan Quli Qutub ul Mulk. The tomb of Jamshed Quli Qutub was built in the year 1550 and has a unique feature that is shining black basalt is not used in this tomb to decorate it while you could see them on all the other tombs in this complex.

Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah’s tomb was built in the year 1580. This tomb is a little bit larger than the tomb of Sultan Qutub Quli and was built posthumously. This tomb has got two graves located in the most important chamber and a few graves on the terrace surrounding the main chamber.

One of the greatest and beautiful buildings in the complex is the mausoleum of Sultan Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah which was built in the year 1602. This building is located on a terrace which is of 4 meter height and has an area of 65 metre2. There are two entrances for this mausoleum which is on the eastern and southern sides.

Tomb of Fatima sultan, who was the sister of Muhammed qutub shah is located close to the Mausoleum of the Sultan Muhammed Quli Qutub.  These are some of the important tombs in the complex and there are many minor tombs which were built later.

Tourists should not miss a chance to visit this tomb complex from where you could learn about the early life and culture of the rulers and also give a good view for your eyes.