Iran to help restore Hyderabad’s architectural treasures

In what will be the biggest Indo-Iranian collaboration so far, the two countries are all set to come together on a project to renovate Hyderabad’s 400-year-old Qutub Shahi tombs.

Once the pride of Hyderabad, a mirror of the architectural brilliance built during the Qutub Shahi dynasty, the tombs have now fallen prey to years of poor maintenance. In a bid to save the city’s most famous monuments after the Charminar, Iran has collaborated with India to help give these 400-year-old monuments a much-needed facelift.

“The Qutub Shahi dynasty came from Iran and they had excellent relations with Iran,” says Hoosein Ravesh, Iran’s Consul General. “We are going to conserve this place and make seven Iranian gardens with collaboration of our Iranian and Indian experts too. It is a big project and it has a good impact. It is the biggest cultural relation between Indian and Iran.”

The Rs 8-crore restoration project will not only restore the crumbling tombs but will also remodel gardens and pathways for tourist-friendly viewing. At the end of the project, there will be an effort to get the tombs the status of World Heritage structures.

Says Manjot Chawla, event manager: “I do think there should be cultural events, festivals, dances and music brought from all over the country and outside India, so that the people can come here and they can identify with the structure rather than just preserving it.”

The move comes as a shot in the arm for India’s efforts to restore the country’s architectural treasures to their former glory.

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