Tombs in HyderabadHyderabad can indeed be a tourist's delight! Yes, from monuments and heritage buildings to gardens and IT Parks, there is so much to see. Then there is also the twin city Secunderabad with its own share of sites.
Well, this is a reference to the Tombs of Hyderabad. Your visit to Hyderabad will be complete only if you peep into the history, life and legends of the Nawabs of Hyderabad. These tombs also have architectural relevance.
Paigah Tombs of Hyderabad
Also referred to as Maqhbara Ul Umra, these tombs are located in Pisal banda suburb. They belong to the nobility of the Paigah (or Shums Ul Umrahi family).
These are tombs covering many generations of Paigah nobles. These include Abul Fatah Khan Shums Ul Umra I to Shums Ul Umra V, Sir Asman Jah, Sir Khursheed Jah, Sultan Ul Mulk, Lady Vicar Ul Umra, Lady Khurshid jah, Lady Asman Jah, Moin Ud Dowla and many other members of the entire Paigah family.
Santoshnagar, Hyderabad (about 10 kms. from Charminar and Hyderabad city centre.)
Entry Fees: Free
Timings: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM
About Paigah Family of HyderabadThe word 'Paigah' means foot stool which would mean 'right-hand man' in English language. The founder of Paigah nobility was Abdul Fateh Khan Tegh Jung who worked under the second Nizam Salabat Jang.
Paigah nobles were close to Nizams and were given the task of managing defense and security of the state. The relationship between them was further strengthened when Fakhruddin Khan, son of Abdul Fateh Khan Tegh Jung, married daughter of second Nizam of Hyderabad in 1797.
In the 18th century, the noble families of Paigah were among the highly influential and aristocratic families in Hyderabad.
Architecture of Paigah TombsThe tombs are beautifully decorated with stucco work. They depict the Moghul, Greek, Persian, Deccani, Rajasthani and Asaf Jahi style of architecture. The mosaic tilework looks elegant on the tombs. The tombs are enclosed in pierced marble facades.
Qutb Shahi Tombs in Hyderabad
Qutb Shahi Tombs (seven tombs) are located near Golkonda fort. These are tombs of the seven Qutub Shahi rulers. The carved stonework and blue and green tiles on the tombs look very beautiful.
In earlier days, there were carpets, chandeliers, canopies here and copies of Quaran were kept on the pedestral. People recited verses from the Quran. To differentiate the tomb of the Sultan from those of other members of the family, golden spires were fitted on these tombs.
Qutub Shahi Tombs
Fort Road, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500008
Timings: 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM, Closed on Friday.
About Qutub Shahi PeriodThe tombs were well managed during the reign of Qutub Shahis but later, they were neglected. However, Sir Salar Jung III aided in restoration of these tombs. Only the main tomb bears inscriptions in Naskh and Tauq scripts. It refers to Sultan Quli as Bade Malik or Great Master.
The tomb of Fatima Sultan (sister of Muhammed Qutub Shah) comprises of a bulbous dome very near to the entrance of the tomb-garden. even the physians of Sultan Abdullah - Nizamuddin Ahmed Gilani and Abdul jabbar Gilani which were built in 1651, have found place in this royal place. There are also tombs of two favourite courtesans and a commander-in-chief here.
Towards the West of the tombs, is the dargah of Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali, a revered Sufi saint. He built the Hussain Sagar in the year 1562.
The garden also comprises of other monuments such as the mortuary bath and, Masjid of Hayat Bakshi Begum. Mir Momin, the Peshwa (Prime Minister) of Mohammad Quli, detested the closeness between Sultan and Bhagmati and so he ensured that her tomb is not built here. Bhagmati was the wife of Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah.
The tombs silently replay the saga of Nizams in Hyderabad - their love for art and architecture, their customs of building tombs when they were alive and also constructing a mosque adjacent to the place where tombs were built.