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Majestic Shams-ul-Umra Tombs (Paigah Tombs)

Hyderabad city with its centuries-old history is well known for its range of historic tombs and monuments.

One such monument is Shams-ul-umra Tombs, located at Phisal Banda, near Santosh Nagar. The site also known as the Paigah Tombs, is the burial ground of the members of the famous Paigah family of the Asaf Jahi period. The entry to the complex is through the Naubatkhana- a traditional doorway. Inside the tomb complex there is a beautiful mosque with a tank and a store house.

One such monument is Shams-ul-umra Tombs, located at Phisal Banda, near Santosh Nagar. The site also known as the Paigah Tombs, is the burial ground of the members of the famous Paigah family of the Asaf Jahi period. The entry to the complex is through the Naubatkhana- a traditional doorway. Inside the tomb complex there is a beautiful mosque with a tank and a store house.

In the courtyard of the mosque there are a number of tombs – the tombs of the top-ranking nobility of Hyderabad. The structure of this mosque displays a mix of the Qutb Shahi and the Asaf Jahi architectural features wherein the main facade has three pointed arches and two minars.

The presence of a mosque in the tomb complex is a deviation from tradition in that this site not only provides a place for people to pray but also for their prayers to resonate over the graves of the 27 members of the Paigah family buried in them.

The main feature of these tombs is their jaalis which, although made in lime, appear like the ones made of marble in the Mughal architecture.

The multi-cusped arches and their springing points stand on the lotus centre with fluted shafts; which creates a long isle infront of the main tomb complex. Perpendicular to this nave, there are wooden doors enframed – typical of a bangladar pavilion style canopy and this is a unique architectural feature of this complex. The two panelled doors, done in wood, are richly ornamented with wooden jaali; they act like a screen, for the graves of the great Paigah family.

How to Reach
Shams-ul-umra Tombs at Phisal Banda, near Santosh Nagar is located nearly 12 km from the centre of Hyderabad in Old city and is well accessible by road.

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