Iran and India have had relations for millennia and share many cultural affinities.
This is best exemplified by Hyderabad, the capital of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Old Hyderabad was modeled on the Iranian city of Isfahan, especially the magnificent Charminar, which was the gate to the old city.
To continue these longstanding ties, Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) and the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Ministry have prepared a draft agreement for the restoration of the Qutb Shahi Tombs. These monuments were built between 1518 and 1687 by the Quli Qutb Shahi dynasty, who were originally from Iran and ruled Hyderabad almost five centuries ago.
These tombs and other monuments of the Qutb Shahi kings were constructed in a unique architectural style which is a mixture of Persian, Pathan, and Hindu forms.
The Iranian Consulate in Hyderabad is making serious efforts to promote the restoration work of the tombs. A number of Iranian experts have already visited the site to assess the project. After the restoration, an application will be filed to register the Qutb Shahi Tombs on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Andhra Pradesh Culture and Tourism Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy is expected to visit Iran in late June to conclude the final agreement on restoring the tombs.
Many of the people of Andhra Pradesh are interested in Iranian heritage and would like to visit Iran, Reddy said in an interview with the Tehran Times and Iran Daily on May 17 in his office in Hyderabad.