Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hyderabad Trip: Qutb Shahi Tombs

Date: 21st Oct 2015

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi, Harsh, Muthusamy and Vijayalakshmi

Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Fee: Adults 10, Kids 5, Camera 20, Car parking 20.

Located a kilometer away from the Golconda fort is the Qutb sahi tombs. These tombs are the final resting place of all except the last Qutb sahi rulers and some of their close aides. Qutb sahi's ruled Golconda till aurangzeb captured it. There were in total 8 qutb sahi rulers of which the 3rd Qutb sahi subhan quli qutb sahi ruled for a year when he was 7 years old. Many time he was left out of the list of rulers and considered only 7 qutb sahi rulers. There is no tomb for subhan quli qutb sahi. The tombs of the royal family are two storied ones while the others were of one story. At the center of each tomb is a stone coffin. The tombs are huge domes built on a square base. All the tombs have the graves of king and their companions.

They might have been great rulers once upon a time but their end was not so great. The first king was killed by his younger son Jamsheed. 2nd King Jamsheed died of TB. 3rd king Subhan died at age of 8. 4th king Ibrahim died of illness. 5th King did not have a son to succeed. 6th king died a natural death. 7th king was defeated by Aurangzeb. 8th King died as prisoner.

Some pictures from the Qutb Shah tomb complex.

Tomb of Abdullah Qutb shah the 7th King. This tomb lies outside of the complex. During his rule the mughals had extended their territory into Deccan. Abdullah was defeated by Aurangzeb and had to accept harsh terms of the mughal and died after ruling for 46 years.

One of the minaret in the tomb.

Roof of tomb.

The stone grave of the king. Only few tombs were open to go inside. Some of the tombs are surrounded with shrubs and bushes and cannot even go closer.

Tomb of Fatima sultan, sister of Mohammad Qutb shah. It was repaired and restored after it collapsed partially in 2013.

Tomb of Mohammad Qutb shah 6th King of the dynasty.  He ruled for 17 years.

Arch way in the tomb.

Twin tomb of hakims of sultan abdullah. Somehow managed to go closer and read the notes on the marble near the tombs.

Some commanders tomb.

The designs on the tomb walls and pillars.

Muhammad quli qutb shah tomb. Restoration work going on so no one was allowed inside. 5th king of the dynasty. He built charminar and founded the Hyderabad city. He did not have a son to succeed him.

Tomb of Hyat baksh begum, daughter of Muhammad quli qutb shah.

The great mosque built by Hayat baksh begum.

Incomplete tomb of mirza nizamuddin ahmed.

The last king of qutb shah dynasty Abul hasan qutb shah did not have a tomb as he died as prisoner under mughal rule. 

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