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These Historic Tombs Might Be The Next Taj Mahal

Qutb Shahi Heritage Park is a complex of monuments which are the resting places of the brave Qutb Shahi family. The Hyderabad region of southern India has been ruled by this family for around 169 years during 16th and 17th centuries.

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The monuments are astonishing with their patterns, domes, halls, patterns and design. Unfortunately when the Qutb Shahi dynasty receded the history, their tombs became forgotten. But now the monuments get a new life.

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The Qutb Shahi Park has spread across 108 acres and consists of 75 monuments in total. Now it is a part of the 10-year project aimed at restoring its grandeur. According to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, these tombs are India’s most significant Islamic historical sites.

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Even though in the past this site wasn’t visited that much by tourists, the expect much more visitors after renovation is complete.

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The project started in 2013, and includes renovations and conservation works on all the site’s of monuments. The monuments consists of 40 grand mausoleums, 23 mosques, six step wells, a hamam bath, gardens and pavilions. The renovations try to fix all the cracks and bulges and 20 of the structures have been completed already.

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Thanks to the team of traditional craftsmen, the most delicate parts of the reconstruction are being done using hand tools. The first phase of the reconstruction won’t be done until 2018, but visitors are going to be allowed to wander around the park and admire the completed reconstruction. So basically, you are more than welcome to visit the future Taj Mahal even now.

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You may easily get to Hyderabad both by air and rail, as the city is quite big with a population of four million. The park in its turn is located on the western outskirts of Hyderabad, near the spectacular Golconda Fort.

 

source:edition.cnn

These Historic Tombs Might Be The Next Taj Mahal
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