Located at a distance of approximately 850 metres away from the Banjara Darwaza of Golconda Fort, Qutub Shahi Tombs consist of tombs of seven Qutub Shahi rulers. Considered to be few of the oldest monuments of Hyderabad, these tombs captivate their visitors with the architectural excellence presenting a beautiful blend of Persian and Indian architectural styles. You can see the influences of Hindu, Pathan, Deccan as well as Persian styles in the structure of tombs.
The entrance and corridors of the tombs presents an Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, while ornamental parapets and minarets showcase the Islamic architecture. Two-tiered terraces, false ceilings and central pillars, which form an essential part of the structures, have also been intricately decorated.
These tombs were planned and built by Qutub Shahis. These were renovated by Salar Jung III, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan in the 19th century. Constructed on an elevated platform, these tombs are made up of grey granite. These are dome-structured and have quadrangular shape. Each tomb is surrounded by pointed arches and is of 9-15 meters in height from the platform. These pointed arches also add on to the beauty of these structures. Each tomb is also decorated with beautiful ornamentation. However with the passage of time, these ornamentations are not clearly visible now.
These seven Qutub Shahi tombs are of varying sizes. Smaller tombs have single storey while the bigger tombs have two storeys. The tomb of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah who was the fifth king of the Qutub Shahi dynasty is the largest of all the Qutub Shahi tombs. It is of approximately 42 meters in height and has 28 open arches along with a large dome. There are minarets at its corners.
However, the most important yet the most modest tomb is considered to be of Sultan Quli Qutub-ul-Mulk, who is the founder of Qutub Shahi Dynasty. He not only built his tomb himself but is also said to be the longest supervisor of this magnificent architectural project. It was also his decision to build the tombs on non-ruling royal family members as well such as of nephews, nieces, and sisters.
Qutub shahi tombs, like the Paigah Tombs are dedicated to the royal family and the rulers of of Qutub Shahis. The structural beauty of these tombs still attracts admirers from all over the world.
These tombs are now the venue for the Deccan Festival which is conducted by the State Government. These tombs are surrounded by garden ‘Ibrahim Bagh’ which is a popular picnic spot. There are other popular tourist attractions located near to the tombs as well. Paigah Tombs, Raymond Tomb, Salar Jung Museum are a few nearby attractions.
Qutub shahi tombs timings are from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. It is open from Monday to Sunday. The entry fee for the tombs is only Rs. 10 per person and for children it is Rs. 5 per person. If interested in taking photographs, you are required to pay minimal fee Rs. 20 for each camera.
Reviews & Rating
Reviews of Qutub Shahi Tombs
Rating: 4 stars
These are beautiful structures, all the seven tombs look so majestic. Although at first I found them nothing more than fading structures which were glorious once but if you see carefully, you can notice the brilliance of architecture and intricately carved decoration. A must visit for anyone who loves history and architecture. I spent quite a long time there at Qutub Shahi tombs, studying the structure, you will see both Persian and Indian influences. The timings are from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Rating: 3 stars
If you are going to Golconda fort, on your way back visit Qutub Shahi tombs that is what we did. These are very close to the fort. There are seven tombs in the complex, there is a description offered outside each tomb. These are of the seven rulers from Qutub Shahi dynasty. It was a good addition to our visit to Golconda fort. There is minimal entry fee to enter these tombs.
Rating: 3 stars
From outside, Qutub Shahi tombs looks slightly worn out, I feel they would even more spectacular if they are marinated well. These are not like other tourist attraction, so don’t go with high expectation. These tombs give you the feel of deserted atmosphere. But I really liked it, it was peaceful. I had all the time in the world to admire the structure. Tombs are huge and impressively designed.
Rating: 5 stars
We almost missed these tombs. Qutub Shahis tombs are not very popular, not visited by many tourists also. We didn’t know about them but our driver mentioned them on our way back from Golconda fort and so we decided to get down and have a look. These are the tombs of Qutub Shahi rulers. You will see 7 tombs in one complex. Massive structures. Very beautiful. We are glad that we could see these tombs. It was a good surprise for us.
Rating: 3 stars
These tombs are of seven Qutub shahi rulers. When we went there it was quite deserted, it was on an afternoon may be that is the reason. We took a guide there, who told us in detail about each tomb. Each tomb might look similar but are different from each other in some way or the other. There is a bathhouse as well and a small mosque in front of begum tombs. An insightful visit.
Rating: 4 stars
After seeing, almost all the tourist attraction in Hyderabad, I can easily say Qutub shahi tombs are one of the most beautiful structures of this city. These seven tombs are huge in size with domes that you will see in forts, each tomb have beautiful carvings. The biggest tomb has the height of 42 meters. The timings of qutub shahi tombs are from 9.30 to 4.30. You can take photos too. You are charged just 20 rs for camera.