Camera around my neck, tripod on my shoulder, I trotted through the rustic lanes of old Hyderabad ( the capital city of the newly found state of Telangana) in search of the views that my Google search for ‘what to do in Hyderabad’ had popped up on my phone screen. The residential streets I was walking through were not one I was very acclimatized to (of course). Here was a city that was so different from the place I had come from. Where every woman around me was draped in black from head to toe, I sauntered in a body hugging dress, which had seemed normal until I reached this street. Nevertheless, I focused my attention to finding my way to my destination.
The Qutb-i-Shahi tombs are not too easy to find or reach. Your Uber can take you close to the tombs, but there is another 1-2 km to walk before you reach. The residents of the colony were kind enough to help me with the way to the tombs, and as I stepped inside the gate, I felt I was transported to another era that took me to the olden days of Hyderabad!
I spotted the first of the majestic seven-tombs of Hyderabad standing in all its glory as people and tourists were reduced to the size of ants compared to its opulence. The Qutb-i-Shahi Tombs are a cluster of seven tombs that stand by the wall of Golconda fort as a reminder of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty that ruled the district of Golconda in as early as the 16th century. That was what I had read, and now I was going to see each one of the seven domes.
As I walked further, the ground opened to more structures, each made similar to the first, with some distinction. Once what stood in pride with carpets all over the floor, now had grass growing above the knees at certain spots, but also became the picnic spot for families around, or a place to share some chatty evenings for old men and women. Not to forget the evening birds that found their playground around the domes.
Venturing inside the tombs, I found they were as awe-inspiring as the outside. The domed ceiling offered an apt visual of how majestic the Shahis considered their lives to be, for even in death, their intricately decorated sarcophagus were housed in grand structures. Quite obviously, the inside looked no less than a palace, making me gleefully spin on my heels to click more.
An hour or so, and many-a-clicks later it was time for me to turn and head back to my accommodation. The time-travel afternoon was surely one to remember, and go back to through the clicks. 🙂
PS: In case you like this post, you might want to read my photo-story about the Naida Caves of Diu as well.