Thursday, 4 August 2016

Paigah Tombs

After much cajoling and coaxing, Mr. Husband had finally agreed to take me to Paigah tombs. The distance to reach the place from Hi-tech city to Santosh Nagar being long, I decided to keep some snacks handy for my little girl. Excited, she lay everything in her picnic basket which I thought was a bad idea as it was no place for her enjoyment. Nevertheless, she said "Even if I eat something from the basket then it's like a picnic". Half the basket was empty by the time we reached the place.

Pic credit: Mr. Husband

Though Paigah tombs can be reached easily from P.V. Narasimha Rao Expressway, it is not easy to locate the lane within which it exists. Thanks to Google Maps! I had decided to visit the place for my love of photography and after witnessing some beautiful 'jaali' work of the place on Instagram.


The tombs complex looked deserted as we entered; we were the only people around. There was no entrance fee and the first sights were of number of trees cut down  till their stumps!

The tombs complex looks simple from outside, but on close examination one can see the intricate stucco and jaali work all around the place. The architecture that is seen here a mix of Asif Jahi as well as Rajputhana style and is an excellent demonstration of craftsmanship.

 Stucco work on the walls...

Intricate jaali work...

The Paigah nobility was founded in 18th century by Abdul Fateh Khan Tegh Jung Bahadur. He was appointed to protect Nizam Ali Khan, the second ruler of Nizams of Hyderabad. He commanded an army for this purpose which was called 'Paigah' which also meant 'right hand man'. His son married the Nizam's daughter which marked the onset of Paigahs marrying the Nizams. Thus, they were held in highest regards in the Nizam's aristocracy.

Paigahs were primarily responsible for defence and security. At the same time, they were also great patrons of art and known for erecting palaces around Hyderabad. The very famous Falaknuma Palace was built by Paigah Nawab Vikhar-ul-Umra Iqbal-ud-doula and later gifted to sixth Nizam.

The tombs are famous for its' intricate stucco work, geometric and floral designs and beautiful marble fences and canopies.

It surely is a place to visit for the one who loves architecture and photography; of course much of the work is in ruins at present.

P.S. Tons of thanks to my dearest husband and daughter for putting up with me!

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