The Telangana government has been planning to restore the historical connection between the Golconda Fort and Qutb Shahi tombs. And now, new evidence has come up to show how the monuments are linked. A 1693 map from a Dutch travelogue shows the Patancheru Darwaza (Masjid Poorten) as the fort's main entrance and Fateh Darwaza as the other main entrance. In fact, the doorway has a paired peacock pattern carved in stone, just like in the one at Bala Hissar Darwaza.
Another picture shot by Raja Deen Dayal with Fateh Rahbar cannon in the foreground shows a small masjid between Patancheru Darwaza and Qutub Shahi Tombs complex. Also, the Archeological Survey of India map from 1941 shows that Patancheru Darwaza was the direct to inner Golconda Fort.
An old masjid with two Mazars was restored, dating from 1821 some three years back, and according to Prof Robert Alan Simpkins of Porterville College, the mosque on the east side could be the path of the old road. However, he says that engineers must be careful while constructing a road if this interpretation is indeed correct.
The restored path, despite needing to relocate a small settlement, will help Telangana's nomination for World Heritage Site status. Though India nominated The Qutub Shahi Tombs, Golconda Fort, Charminar for the Unesco tag in 2010, nothing has happened since then. Unesco site status is given: "To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design."A 2015 excavation at Qutub Shahi tombs led to the discovery of a 3.25mt wide stone-floored pathway on the southern side of the necropolis. Some of the mosques and tombs around Qutub Shahi Historical Park are remnants of the original settlement at Golconda from the 16th century, says Prof Simpkins.
If and when the state government restores the historical pathway, visitors are bound to get a holistic experience. Well, then, Hyderabad could also make its case for being a heritage site.