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QUTAB SHAHI TOMBS
If you are planning a trip to Hyderabad, you must include a trip to the Qutab Shahi Tombs. If you have visited the Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi and came back impressed, the Qutab Shahi Tombs will leave you spellbound by the sheer extent of the area in which they are situated.
All the major Tombs are very grand and the gardens are well maintained and spread in a huge area.
IMPORTANT FACTS OF THE QUTUB SHAHI TOMBS
● The Qutub Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh( garden) close to the famous Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India.
● Ibrahim Bagh contains the 16th and 17th centuries Tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty.
● The Qutub Shahi Tombs complex consists of 30 Tombs built in the memory of the departed Kings of Golconda. These magnificent Monuments have withstood the test of time and the vagaries of nature.
● They are situated about one kilometer north of the Golconda Fort’s Banjara Darwaza.
This is one of the magnificent mosque of the Qutub Shahi Tombs. This picture was clicked by me while walking down the well kept Ibrahim Bagh lawns.
ARCHITECTURAL STYLE OF THE QUTUB SHAHI TOMBS
● The Qutub Shahi Tombs are dome like structures, built on a square box and surrounded by pointed arches. You can get an idea of this by looking at the above picture. The dome, square box platform and arches are distinctly seen in the above picture.
● All the Qutub Shahi Tombs are on a raised platform.
● The Qutub Shahi Tombs resemble Persian, Hindu and Pathan architectural style.
● They are made of grey granite and stucco ornamentation.
This picture was clicked by me while appreciating the intricately carved designs and the grey granite structures.
● The architectural style of The Qutub Shahi Tombs is Indo- Islamic.
● The Qutub Shahi Tombs have intricately carved designs.
● The beauty is inhanced by the landscaped gardens.
This place is maintained well by The Department Of Tourism. The main focus is Heritage Preservation and Restoration.
On my visit to The Qutub Shahi Tombs, I was very impressed by extensive ongoing restoration work. On inquiring, I came to know about the role of The Telangana State Archaeology and Museums Department in the ongoing restoration work. The Aga Khan Trust has also contributed a handsome amount to preserve and restore the various major and minor Tombs.
When you reach Ibrahim Bagh, a huge billboard greets you at the entrance gate. This billboard has the details of how this place will look after the restoration work is completed.
This place is called Qutub Shahi Heritage Park. The proposed landscape plan is mentioned on the billboard. Actually the major conservation and restoration work time frame is spread through 2013- 2023, a decade.
This restoration is being done to enhance visitor experience.
I clicked this picture to chronicle the ongoing very detailed restoration work in progress.
In fact, I was so fascinated by all the meticulous restoration work, this in itself can be an experience in itself. Consider this trip to be a study in observing and being a part of the ongoing process. I am glad I went around studying and asking about the various Preservation and Restoration techniques.
According to Telangana Tourism, The Qutub Shahi Heritage Park is a popular destination in the tourist circut of Hyderabad and visitors coming to Golconda Fort do not miss the Tombs, which are marketed as a clubbed destination.
TIMINGS AND DISTANCE
This is next to the Golconda Fort, around 12 kilometers from the Hussain Sagar lake.
Timings for The Qutub Shahi Heritage Park: From 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
It is open from Monday to Sunday.
Interesting fun fact : You can see the entire panoramic view of the Qutub Shahi Tombs from the top of the Golconda Fort. I was very pleased to see the entire Ibrahim Bagh area and the Qutub Shahi Tombs that shone like jewels from the top pavilion of the Golconda Fort.
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR VISITORS TO THE QUTUB SHAHI TOMBS
● The vehicles will go only till a certain point and you have to walk from there.
● Wear comfortable shoes because you will have to walk a lot as the area is vast.
● Carry water as you will require hydration.
● Do wear a cap to protect yourself from the sun.
● Do not venture alone if you are a solo female traveller.
● It is advisable to go there in a group or in company.
● Do not talk unnecessarily to unknown people.
● I did not find this place crowded and the usual hawkers and crowds of people selling random souvenirs were missing.
● Enjoy the landscaped gardens and admire the painstaking restoration work.
Make it a point to visit the Qutub Shahi Tombs on your next trip to Hyderabad and get transported to a different era of magnificence.