The Paigah Tombs are Hyderabad’s hidden heritage in a maze of alleys
The Paigah Tombs are an interesting place to revisit history of Hyderabad
The Paigah Tombs are just 4 km southeast of Charminar and yet, it is hard to find them, lost as they are in a maze of alleys. Blink and you could miss the entrance, hidden behind a tree in a quiet street, not far from Owaisi Hospital. The lime and mortar tombs are 200 years old and house the final resting place of several members of the Paigah family, who distinguished themselves in every field, while being loyal to the Nizams. Rahmatullah, the caretaker, is all praise for the Archaeology Department that took up the protection of this place in 1989.
Called a Jewel in the heritage of Hyderabad, the necropolis boasts of Mughal and Rajput influences as well. An Asaf Jahi style mosque inside the complex complete with a small pond beautifully reflecting the arches is a photographer’s delight. The tombs feature among GHMC’s plans for a walkway for pedestrians and tourists while traversing between Golconda, Quli Qutb Shah Tombs, Deccan Park, Paigah Tombs and Hayath Bakshi Tombs. The Aga Khan Foundation had conducted surveys for this a couple of months ago. If the plan materialises, the city will regain a piece of its forgotten heritage.
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