As my stay continued in Hyderabad I was eager to cover every monument of tourism significance located in the city. The next destination that I headed towards was the Ibrahim Bagh where in the tombs of seven Qutub Shahi rulers are erected. The garden is situated very near to the famous Golkonda fort of Hyderabad.
These tombs are a constant tribute to the deceased rulers of the Qutub Shahi origin. The smaller tombs comprise of single storied galleries, whereas the larger tombs are build with two storied galleries. A casket is located at the centre of each tomb which overlies the actual vault of burial in a crypt below the sarcophagus. Originally the domes of these tombs were embellished with green and blue colored tiles. But just a few pieces have survived the storms of time.
These tombs are clearly visible from the Golconda fort which is just at a distance of about one kilometer from this site, when measured from the north of its exterior perimeter wall and it’s Banjara Darwaza. The style of architecture portrayed by the tombs is a blend of Pashtun, Persian and Hindu forms of architecture.
These tombs are beautifully engraved with delicately carved stonework. The structures are surrounded by lovely gardens which make it a more popular recreational spot for picnickers. Earlier these tombs were well furnished with chandeliers, carpets and velvet canopies that rested on silver poles. The pedestals beheld copies of the holy Quran which were kept for the readers who used to recite verses from the sacred book at regular intervals. The tombs of sultans were fitted with golden spires in order to distinguish them from other royal family members.
A notable fact about the Qutub Shahi Tombs is that although it houses the burial vaults of all but the last Qutub Shahi Sultan does not have the casket of the queen Bhagmati, who was Muhammad Quli Qutub’s wife and supposedly the city of Hyderabad is named after her.
According to hear say it was Mir Mohan, the prime minister of Mohammed Quli who disliked the bond between the king and Bhagmati. So he did not let the construction of Bhagmati’s tomb in an attempt to erase her existence from the pages of history. The scenic beauty around these monuments is appreciable and I would describe my trip to the Qutub shahi tombs as a knowledgeable as well as soothing experience.