If there is one place in Hyderabad that can usurp the Charminar and Golconda fort and replace both as the main tourist attraction in Hyderabad, it’s the Qutb Shahi tombs.
The Qutb Shahi tombs are the royal necropolis of the Qutb Shahi or Golconda dynasty (1518-1687), which ruled from the Golconda fort, and later founded Hyderabad in 1591.
The complex has nearly 100 structures, including tombs, gardens, pavilions and mosques. The site is currently being restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in association with the Telangana Department of Heritage.
In a detailed conversation, AKTC CEO and well-known conservation architect Ratish Nanda discusses the ongoing work on the Qutb Shahi tombs and how it has the potential to even surpass the Charminar, which is considered to be Hyderabad’s main tourist attraction.