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The MoU between archaeology department and Agha Khan Trust to conserve Qutb Shahi tombs, located in Ibrahim Bagh (garden precinct), close to Golconda fort has been extended until 2023, thus giving a big relief to heritage conservationists. The deadline for the MoU was initially set at December 2017.
Qutb Shahi tombs conservation project perhaps is one of the most ambitious conservation projects undertaken in India with a team of architects, civil engineers, archaeologists and master craftsmen working round the clock. The plan is not just to restore the necropolis to its former glory buts is also to develop urban spaces around it. Plans are also on the anvil to do a market analysis to decide a sustainable business plan for the monuments so that it becomes self-sustainable. If the model becomes successful, the same will be emulated for other heritage sites too.
The Qutb Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh (garden precinct), close to the famous Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are two storied. In the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remain.
The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches, a distinctive style that blends Persian, Pashtun and Hindu forms. The tombs are structures with intricately carved stonework and are surrounded by landscaped gardens.