Erra Manzil

Errum Manzil or Iram Manzil is an extensive and beautiful gem of a palace existing in Hyderabad. It was built in the year 1870 by a nobleman, Nawab Safdar Jung Musheer-ud-daula Fakhrul Mulk. The architecture of the palace is in Indo-European Baroque style.

During that time the palace had over 150 rooms with french furniture, polo ground, nine hole golf course, dairy farm and stable for horses. The stucco ornamental works where used all over the palace. The estate is located on top of hillock off the Khairatabad – Panjagutta road known as Erragadda or “red hill” in the local Telugu language. The name also translates for “Iram Manzil”, ‘Paradise Mansion’ in Persian. So Nawab Safdar decided to name the place as “Iram Manzil” because the word Iram means Paradise which sounds like Erram, the Telugu word for Red. To highlight the link he also got painted the building in red shade. His intention was to name the mansion in such a way that it sounded two similar names. ‘Iram Manzil’ for the Persian-friendly Muslim nobility of the then state and ‘Erram Manzil’ for the local Telugu people. Of course now the official name of the palace is “Erra Manzil” as it prevailed.

The palace was used for grand events and royal banquets. Later, it was taken over by the Government and after few years it was again transferred to the Public Works Department. Currently it serves as a Government office and tourists are not allowed.

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