Hyderabad, mausoleums and remarkable tombs • India, Telangana

Embark on a captivating journey to Hyderabad, Telangana, in a video spanning just over 7 minutes, unveiling the historical magnificence of the Qutb Shahi mausoleums and Paigah tombs. Accompanied by insightful text, this visual exploration delves into the heart of royal necropolises, offering a glimpse into the architectural grandeur and serene beauty that has stood the test of time. Discover the legacy of Hyderabad's royal past and the timeless artistry that adorns these sacred resting places of bygone dynasties.

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip Unknown India • Ladakh, Karnataka, Telangana, in 2022

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00:28 • Qutb Shahi mausoleums

04:38 • Paigah tombs


Qutb Shahi Tombs 


The Qutb Shahi dynasty was founded by Sultan Quli Qutb Shah in 1518 and lasted until 1687 when the Sultanate of Golconda was conquered by the Mughal Empire. It was this dynasty that founded the city of Hyderabad in 1591. 

Sultans of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, who were 7 in number, are buried at the same site known as Qutb Shahi Tombs sometimes referred to as Golkonda Tombs, located in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana state, in India. The complex is located about 2 km northwest of Charminar, in the district of Ibrahim Bagh. 

The Qutb Shahi Tombs include the tombs of all the Qutb Shahi sultans, as well as several of their family members and high court officials. 

The complex also includes a mosque and several other buildings and gardens. The tombs are notable for their distinctive architecture, which combines Persian and Indian elements. 

The largest and most famous tomb in the complex is that of Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, which was built by himself during his lifetime. It is considered one of the most outstanding examples of Islamic funerary architecture in South India. 



The 7 sultans who rest in this place are: 

Sultan Quli Qutb Shah (1518-1543) 

Jamshed Quli Qutb Shah (1543-1550) 

Subhan Quli Qutb Shah (1550-1551) 

Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah (1551-1580) 

Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah (1580-1612) (founder of the city of Hyderabad) 

Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah (1612-1626) 

Abdullah Qutb Shah (1626-1672) 


Besides the funerary monuments of the sultans of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, a few monuments contain the remains of senior state officials as well as those of important members of the reigning family.

The Qutb Shahi Tombs are a popular tourist site in Hyderabad and are considered an outstanding example of Islamic architecture and the history of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. 

The Qutb Shahi mausoleums were built from the 16th century by the Qutb Shahi kings, who founded the Sultanate of Golconda. 

The Qutb Shahi Mausoleums are located on a hill near Golconda Fort and comprise seven Persian-style tombs, each dedicated to one of the Qutb Shahi kings. The mausoleums are beautifully decorated with floral and geometric designs and are considered an outstanding example of Indo-Persian architecture. 

The Qutb Shahi Mausoleums are also known for their picturesque location, with a panoramic view of Hyderabad from the hill on which they are situated. They are a popular tourist attraction in Hyderabad and are considered a testament to the city's rich history and culture.


Paigah Tombs 


After the fall of the Qutb Shahi dynasty with the conquest of the Sultanate of Golconda by the Mughals under the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb, a new administration was installed in Hyderabad, that of the Nizams. Nizams were set up by the Mughals to administer the region on their behalf. 

Thereafter, the Nizams gradually emancipated themselves from Mughal tutelage. 

Thereafter, the Nizams gradually emancipated themselves from Mughal tutelage. 

A family of Turkish nobility emigrated to the Hyderabad region around the 18th century and entered the service of the Nizams. It's the Paigah family. 

Many high officials, ministers and diplomats were chosen from this family by the Nizams. 

The Paigah, like the Qutb Shahi sultans, built a necropolis to receive the mortal remains of its members.

The Paigah Tombs are a collection of tombs located in Hyderabad, Telangana State, India. They are considered an outstanding example of the funerary architecture of Muslim nobles in the state of Hyderabad. 

The tombs are dedicated to members of the Paigah family, a powerful noble family of Hyderabad who had great influence in the court of the Nizams of Hyderabad. The tombs are known for their elaborate architecture, with richly decorated domes, minarets, arches and pillars. The tombs are also decorated with floral and geometric designs, as well as Arabic calligraphy. 

The Paigah Tombs are a testament to the wealth and power of the Paigah family and are considered an outstanding example of Hyderabad's Islamic architecture. The tombs are open to visitors and are a popular tourist attraction in the city.

The Paigah Tombs are located in the western suburbs of Hyderabad not far from the Qutb Shahi Tombs. In fact, the Paigah Tombs are located about 2 km southeast of the Qutb Shahi Tombs in the Santoshnagar district. 


The Paigahs were a noble family who served the Nizams of Hyderabad, the rulers of the princely state of Hyderabad. Members of the Paigah family were known for their loyalty to the Nizams and for their important role in government and the royal court. The Paigah Tombs are a group of mausoleums that were built in homage to members of this family and are considered an outstanding example of Nizamian period funerary architecture.

one of the Qutb Shahi mausoleums, Hyderabad, Telangana • India

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about the place, Hyderabad:

Founded by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591, Hyderabad owes its name to the Sultan's wife, Princess Bhagyanagar, who took the name Hyder Mahal when she converted to Islam. 

Hyderabad is famous for its pearl and diamond industry and its nickname is "the city of pearls". 

Successive dynasties in the Sultanate of Golconda (the name of the hill where many diamonds were mined) were great patrons and left remarkable monuments to the city, including the famous Charminar monument. They also enlarged and heavily embellished the fort at Golconda. 

The city is also famous for the excellence of its biryani. Another of its nicknames is "the capital of biryani".

Spoken comments in the film: 

Hyderabad was founded in 1591 by the fifth Sultan of Golconda. The Qutb Shahi dynasty has 7 sultans who succeeded each other on the throne between 1518 and 1672, the date of the collapse of the Sultanate of Golconda, following its annexation by the Mughal Empire. These seven sultans are buried in a funerary complex consisting of 7 mausoleums in Hyderabad. 

The sultanate disappeared, but the mausoleums of the 7 successive rulers remained and are considered masterpieces of Indo-Islamic art, combining Islamic architectural elements such as pointed arches, domes and minarets with characteristic Indian like floral motifs and carved ornaments. These mausoleums were built with a local stone, pink sandstone.


After the conquest of the Sultanate of Golconda, the Mughal emperors set up a new administration in the Hyderabad region, headed by the Nizams. Subsequently, the Nizams gradually emancipated themselves from Mughal rule. 

A family of Turkish nobles, settled in the region at the beginning of the 18th century gave many senior officials, ministers, generals and diplomats to the new regime. It's Paigah's family. Like the sultans of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, the Païgah were buried in a necropolis reserved for them.



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