Qutb Shahi Tombs

Qutb Shahi Tombs is the burial ground of the seven kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, situated at Ibrahim Bagh near Golconda, Hyderabad, India. These kings ruled Golconda for nearly 170 years.

The Qutb Shahi dynasty was the ruling family of the kingdom of Golconda in southern India. They were Shia Muslims, and was the first Muslim dynasty to rule Telugus.

The Qutb Shahi rulers were great builders and patrons of learning. They not only patronized the Persian culture but also the regional culture of the Deccan, symbolized by the Telugu and Urdu languages.

The Qutb Shahis ruled from 1518 to 1687.

This approximately coincided with the reign of the great Mughals (1526-1707) that built Humayun’s Tomb (1565), Fatehpur Sikri (1571-1580) and finally the Taj Mahal (1631).

Mughal emperor Aurangzeb has offered prayers in this small masjid during his siege of Golconda in 1687.

Tomb of Hayat Bakshi Begum – daughter of Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah, founder of Hyderabad city and the man who built the masonry colossus Charminar.

Details, upclose.

Gorgeous Persian architecture

The Toli Masjid – built by Musa Khan, a chamberlain of Abdullah Quli Qutb Shah in 1671.

Inside the mosque

Just a fraction of the massive Ibrahimi Bagh (garden).

Ok, so you get the idea of the “danger” – you are, after all, warned in three different languages – a skull-and-bone sign included 🙂

This is the well that sign was referring to.

The mortuary bath

It contained a number of cisterns for both hot and cold water.

The tomb of founder of Hyderabad, Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah, is easily the most impressive, rising to a height of 139 feet with a large dome.

The seventh tomb lies unfinished as the 7th Nawab Abdul Hassan was taken captive by Aurangazeb even before he could finish the construction – bechara.

The graves were very prominent in some of the other tombs, therefore I didn’t take photographs of them. But still, I marveled at the impressive Islamic architecture of the Qutb Shah dynasty.

Date of travel: May 2008


  1. Hi Nadia,
    Grt collection of the architectural symbols which are pride of Hyderabad. Actually, I came across your work searching for any info on the Tomb / Shrine at a place called Jeedimetla -northern suburbs of Hyderabad. I couldn’t find any info and would be glad if you can share anything regards to it. Please do communicate with through my email ID.

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