Qutub Shahi Tombs
The Qutub Shahi Tombs is situated 2 km. from the Golconda Fort, the most reliable evidence of the Qutub Shahi architectural traditions. These exquisite structures and every arch, dome minarets, columns and gallery surrounded by landscaped gardens. Amidst landscape gardens known as Ibrahim Bagh, there are seven tombs dedicated to the memory of the former king of Golconda popular as Qutub Shahi Tombs. All the Qutub Shahi kings except Abdul Hassan Tana Shah who died in captivity in Daulatabad are buried here. This is the only palace in the world where one can see so many tombs in one place.
The Qutub Shahi Tombs is a perfect amalgamation of Persian, Pathan and Hindu forms, constructed in grey granite embellished with stucco ornamentation. The tombs form a large collection and stand on a raised platform. The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches, each tomb are quadrangular and rise from 9 to 15 meter above the terrace. The smaller tombs galleries are in single storied while the larger tombs are two storied. The domes were originally made with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces remain now.
Qutub Shahi Tombs is surrounded by enchanting minarets at the corners. This magnificient tomb is one of the largest monument with height of 42.5 m with a large dome and open 28.2 arches. The architect has judicially planned it on a double terrace, rising to a height of 6 metres from the ground level. The lower one is 60.8 mts. square supported by a facade of 28 open arches on each side and the upper terrace is 38.3 metres square. The tombs were furnished with carpets, chandeliers and velvet canopies on silver poles. Built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches. The mausoleums of the Golconda Sultans, are truly magnificent monuments that have stood the test of time and braved the elements. During the Qutub Shahi period, these tombs were held in such great pleasure that criminals who took refuge there were granted pardon. But after their reign, the tombs were neglected, till Sir Salar Jung III ordered their restoration in the early 19th century.
Department of Tourism conducts every year "Deccan Festival" for five days by organising programmes of internationally renowned artists. Also these make a good picnic spot and a lot of the recent movies are shot here.