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An unusual ode to Qutb Shahi tombs from a British poetess who never visited Golconda

21 January 2021

In India, the restoration process of Qutb Shahi Tombs, undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, connected the Golconda fort and the Qutb Shahi necropolis after the removal of several layers of mounds of earth. This arched doorway, although not yet opened, is supposed to have been the channel to carry the dead bodies of royalty and their close associates from their imperial chambers in the fort for the customary funeral bath and burial at the tombs complex. Letitia Elizabeth Landon, a young English poet in the 19th century, wrote a poem about the tombs without physically visiting the site. "The Tombs of the Kings of Golconda" forms a part of the collection of "The Zenana and minor poems" first published in 1839.