Experience the Rich Cultural Heritage of the Enchanting Taramati Baradari
Taramati Baradari is one of Hyderabad’s most iconic landmarks. This stunning complex is spread across seven acres at Ibrahimbagh on Gandipet Road. This historical monument is a reminder of the grandeur of the past. It was built by the fourth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, in the 19th century.
Named after a singing girl, Taramati, who was a favorite of the ruler, the Baradari was built as a pleasure pavilion. It was used as a stage for musicians and dancers to entertain the royal court. The Baradari was designed to be a place where visitors could relax and be entertained, and it is said that Taramati herself used to sing here in the evenings.
During the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, it is said that he could hear Taramati singing for travelers at the Serai, located two kilometers away at Golconda fort. The wind was thought to carry her voice to the prince, who would sit and listen from the fort, thanks to the perfect acoustics in the structure as well as at the fort
However, there is no written record of this event.
There is another story about this monument. It is said that two captivatingly graceful sisters, Taramati and Premamati danced on ropes stretched between the Baradari pavilion and the balcony of the King, Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah.
Premamati was known to be a Kuchipudi dancer, a dance form from the town of Kuchipudi, a coastal town In Andhra Pradesh. The Qutb Shahi royal dynasty of the time patronized the Kuchipudi dance style in the court at Hyderabad where it was adapted from retelling Hindu myths to court rituals.
Around a kilometer away from Golconda fort lies the final resting places of the Qutub Shahi kings and queens, in what used to be their rose gardens – The Qutub Shahi Tombs. As a homage to Taramati and Premamati, their remains were interred in the Qutub Shahi royal cemetery.
The Taramati Baradari pavilion is renowned for its 12 doorways, an indigenous technique for cross ventilation employed at the time of its construction. It remains one of the most unique methods used for ventilation during a time when fans were unheard of.
The pavilion features an air-conditioned theatre with a capacity of 500, an open-air auditorium with a capacity of 1600, a Banquet Hall with a capacity of 250, a multi-cuisine restaurant, and a swimming pool.
The open pavilion also has a luxurious Resort, the Haritha Resort where you can stay, savour the delectable cuisine at the restaurant, enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar, take a dip in the swimming pool, or stay fit at the gym if you are an exercise aficionado and then go around town to appreciate the architectural beauty of Hyderabad’s renowned monuments.
Today, the Taramati Baradari has become an important cultural hub in Hyderabad, hosting events such as classical music concerts, classical dance performances, and workshops. Every month, the Baradari sees thousands of visitors, both locals, and tourists alike.
The Baradari is a beautiful sight to behold, with its intricate stonework and arches.
Make sure to visit the Golconda Fort, The Qutub Shahi Tombs, and Gandipet Lake which are all close by.
The Baradari is a great place to visit in Hyderabad. Not only is it an important cultural landmark, but it also offers an insight into the grandeur of the past. From the beautiful stonework to the tranquil atmosphere, the Taramati Baradari is definitely worth a visit.
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