In the shadows of Charminar and Chowmallah palace, a relatively less known place in Hyderabad are the Paigah tombs. We had some difficult time in locating the place as the local people were not familiar with the place. However, Google maps and GPS were handly in reaching and we finally reached around 8:30 am much before the opening time of 10:00 am, however, the caretaker Rahamatulla was kind enough to permit us to see the place.
However, once you are here, you will not be disappointed when you realize the beauty of the architecture of the tombs and you will have all the peaceful space and time to marvel at the beauty of these historical monuments.
Some interesting things to know:
- Paigah Tombs are the tombs belonging to the Royal family of Paigah who served the Nizams of Hyderabad.
- Abdul Fateh Khan Tegh Jung was the first of Paigah family who was buried in 1786 at the place which later became the designated family Maqbara.
- The structures are made of marble and lime stone and were once adorned with precious and semi precious stones.
- The most noticeable thing about the tombs are the exquisite carvings and motifs in floral designs and inlaid mosaic tile-works. Also, not to miss is the intricate carved wooden doors with jaali (perforated) work
- The architecture is a blend of the Asaf Jahi and the Rajputana styles of architecture.
- The original area of the Paigah tombs is estimated between 35 – 40 acres of which only 2 acres remains today, the rest being encroached and occupied over years.
These historical monuments needs some renovation to preserve the historical legacy for the coming generations.
- It is ideal to reach early morning as Hyderabad is hot during the afternoon
- The Paigah tombs are located about 5 kms from Charminar and Chowmahalla Palace and can be covered along with these monuments.