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Paigah Tombs, Hyderabad

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Paigah Tombs or Maqhbara Shams al-Umara, are the tombs belonging to the nobility of Paigah family, who were fierce loyalists of the Nizams, served as statespeople, philanthropists and generals under and alongside them. The Paigah tombs are among the major wonders of Hyderabad State which known for their architectural excellence as shown in their laid mosaic tiles and craftsmanship work. The Paigah's necropolis is located in a quiet neighbourhood 4 km southeast of Charminar Hyderabad, at Pisal banda suburb., down a small lane across from Owasi Hospital near Santosh Nagar. These tombs are made out of lime and mortar with beautiful inlaid marble carvings. These tombs are 200 years old which represent the final resting places of several generations of the Paigah Nobles.At first, Paigah Tombs may look deserted and totally uncared for, but on a closer look you will find the place quite enthralling. With marvelous carvings and motifs in floral designs and inlaid mosaic tile-works, the tombs are exquisite to walk around. The tombs and their walls are delicately carved and enclosed in pierced marble facades, some of them in rows and some with beautifully carved screens and canopies.The place is easily approachable and is set amidst a labyrinth of concrete houses built around the 30 acres of property in which the tombs are nestled. They are almost obscure and a marvelous piece of artistry in marble lost in time. The Indo-Islamic architecture is a mix of both the Asaf Jahi and the Rajputana styles of architecture. You will also see décor in fabulous stucco work, representing the Mughal, Persian and Deccan style too. The geometrical designs with their perforated screens are unique in their make and craftsmanship.
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  • Paigah Tombs or Maqhbara Shams al-Umara are one of the famous monuments of Hyderabad city which are known for their excellent architectural beauty. Paigah Tombs were constructed by the Paigah family, ...  more »
  • Amazing architecture and details in these ancient tombs, as if centuries of mysteries are hidden in the symbols. There are native Hyderabadis who have never been to this place. The only reason I found...  more »
  • A place hidden and little known that not you will leave indifferent. It's like stepping back in time and live a fairy tale. The worst, its bad state of conservation. The best, there are very few visitors, so if you are lucky enough to visit it just like me, you'll love the place.
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  • So many people know Paigah Tombs is a monument and they are historic but they don't know where exactly it is. From outside you can't know anything it will be alike a old building but from inside its a hidden heaven like structures, carvings, stones and beautiful edifice. It's in our old city of Hyderabad near Dargah Barhane Shah Sahab Qibla
  • Nearest land mark is owasi hospital. Very good place for architecture photography.. Awesome lime stone art... A non famous land mark to be made famous
  • Hi, We are very often going there to see the tombs and the carving work looks very interesting and environment is very good, especially in summer. But the watchman is talking too much and always he is in drunk condition and asking money saying the archaeology department is not paying his salary from six month and so on . His all family are staying inside the paigah tombs.
  • Old tombs , if you are willing to see the wall carving art with history it's one of the place.
  • Historic Park. Very Good One.