The Royal Tombs Of Golconda


SE among these silent fanes Whose spacious darkness guards your dust;

Around me sleep the hoary plains That hold your ancient wars in trust.

I pause, my dreaming spirit hears,

Across the wind's unquiet tides,

The glimmering music of your spears,

The laughter of your royal brides.

In vain,

O Kings, doth time aspire To make your names oblivion's sport,

While yonder hill wears like a tier The ruined grandeur of your fort. Though centuries falter and decline,

Your proven strongholds shall remain Embodied memories of your line,

Incarnate legends of your reign.

O Queens, in vain old Fate decreed Your flower-like bodies to the tomb;

Death is in truth the vital seed Of your imperishable bloom Each new-born year the bulbuls sing Their songs of your renascent loves;

Your beauty wakens with the spring To kindle these pomegranate groves.

Situated about 2 km from Golconda Fort, the Tombs of the seven Qutubshahi rulers are amidst the beautifully laid out gardens of Ibrahim bagh.

Every arch, dome and gallery of these tombs is a gem of Qutubshahi architecture set in picture perfect, serene surroundings.

The above picture is of the Fort with an inset picture of one of the tombs.

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