Paigah Tombs

Paigah Tombs belongs to honored Paigah family who were loyalists of the Nizams, served as contributor and executives under and along the side of them. The tombs are considered to be the primary wonders of Hyderabad and one cannot stop themselves appreciating the craftsmanship work of their architectural perfection. They are made out of stunning set of marble carvings. The history dates back to 200 years which serves as the resting place of many Paigah Nobles generations. In terms of style of architecture there is no parallel to Paigah tombs in the city of Hyderabad.

The place is spread across an area of 30-40 acres which is easily approachable as situated just 4 km away from Charminar. It has both the Rajputana and the Asaf Jahi styles of architecture as the Indo-Islamic architecture. Not only this the furnishing also represents Persian, Deccan and Mughal style too, which is very unique. The walls and the tombs are very delicately carved and confined in marble elevation and some with magnificently carved canopies, patterns in floral designs. The famous “Jali” work makes the architecture even more beautiful and attractive.

Nizam’s daughters married the Paigah’s who were the then highest noble families after the Nizams in Hyderabad. It is said that the Paigahs were richer than the Indian Maharajah and they were the only one to had their private army permitted by the Sultan, courts and palaces. If observed each tomb has been designed peculiarly and has unique style. Abdul Fateh Khan Tegh Jung who served the second Nizam was the founder of the Paigah Nobility, was given the title of ‘Shams-ul-umra’, means the sun amongst the masses which was bestowed by to him by Nizam. Abdul Fateh Khan Tegh Jung was buried in the year 1786 at the entrance of the Tombs.

The family tree of the Paigahs is at the entrance, inscripted on an iron tablet. Some of the tombs of Paigahs are Shams-ul-Umra, Zaheer yar Jung, Sultan-ul-Mulk,Sir Viqar-ul-Umara, Asman Jah,Sir Khursheed Jah and others. The daughter of the fifth Nizam, Hussain-Un-Nissa’s tombs is an imitation of Mumtaz Mahal’s tomb at Taj Mahal.

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