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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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  • This resting place of the erstwhile Paigah nobles of Hyderabad is a hidden gem. It is a complex of a number of simple small tombs of the respective noble families intricately carved in marble and plas...  read more »
  • Beautiful architecture with Turkish details and Marble marquetry unfortunately, many tombs damaged but still the atmosphere is still one that history and wealth. In all the times I've been there, I had the I had the space for myself so no foreign toeristenmaar. The food served in the mosque is still in use.
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  • Difficult to find (even for a local taxi driver), the place is calm and not visited by tourist. Elaborate limestone geometry of the windows. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • The place looks so conjusted from outside. It is very difficult to spot this place. There is no proper parking place. Barring all these issues, once you are in the premises, you will love the tombs. They have different type of architecture than regular tombs.
  • Amazing place for Architect lovers, photographers📷, you must visit this place. Within the old city streets of Hyderabad.
  • Awesome place
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