Near the famous Golkonda Fort of Hyderabad lie the tombs of the seven Qutub Shahi rulers, each with an adjacent garden. Standing in a cluster on a raised platform, the dome-shaped tombs are built in a style that blends Persian, Pashtun and Hindu forms. Once the tombs were topped with blue and green tiles, furnished with chandeliers and carpets, and golden spires highlighted the sultans’ tombs, but now the place lies in desolation.
These tomb gardens weren’t built merely to house the sultans’ remains; during the Qutub Shahi days, people would stage songs, dances and even plays here. Thus, the gardens were known as ‘Lagar-eFaiz Athar (place of bountiful entertainment).
Inside each tomb is a sarcophagus that lies on top of the actual burial vault below. The tombs have intricately carved stonework and almost every tomb has a masjid adjacent. Opposite the tomb of Muhammad Quli, stands the mortuary bath built to facilitate cleansing of the bodies of the dead sultans and the royal family. It is considered to be one of the finest existing specimens of ancient Persian or Turkish baths.
The Qutub Shahi tombs inter the remains of all the Qutub Shahi rulers expect the last one. After the end of the Qutub Shahi period, the tombs were neglected until Sir Salar Jung III restored them in the 19 Century. Once again, these historical landmarks cry to be pulled out of their neglected state.