Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hyderabad Trip: Paigah Tombs

Date: 22nd Oct 2015

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi, Harsh, Muthusamy and Vijayalaksmi

Paigah Tombs Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Friday.

Paigah Tombs entry fee: None

Paigah tombs belong to the paigah family. Paigah family was ranked second only to that of Nizams of Hyderabad. The term paigah is of persian origin and the title was conferred by the second nizam of Asaf Jahi dynasty. Paigah nobles were staunch loyalist of Asaf Jahs. Twenty seven members of the family lay buried here. The tombs are of Paigah's and their spouses. Paigah's marry the daughters of the Nizams. Every grave has some distinctive feature. The tombs spread over an area of one acre. The intricate carvings on the walls are mesmerizing. The grave is constructed with rigorously carved white marble. The tombs represent the Asaf jah and rajasthani style of architecture. The most important feature of this is the carefully designed geometric patterns. 

The access road to the monument. This was the one place the Google maps got confused in the whole trip and had to ask the people nearby.

The entrance to the tombs.

Some section of the complex in ruins. Its sad to see such a beautiful monument is not taken care of properly.

The mosque in the complex.

Tomb of Nawab Bashir ud daulah.

Beautiful floral patterns.

Tomb of Hussain Un-Nissa Begum once studded with precious and semi precious stones.

Some of the fine carvings on the walls and the roofs.

Pineapple and floral patterns on the walls.

Flower pattern on the roof.

Small swastik shapes on the outer wall. The kids showing us the places had some knowledge about the place. He was saying the person was punished later for carving these symbols.

Few family live in the complex taking care of the place. No other visitor came when we were here. While we made an entry in the visitors book we saw there were hardly one or two visitors every month. I personally consider this is the best of all the tourist attractions that we saw in Hyderabad. This monument deserves to be preserved better.

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