Taramati Baradari, A Dancer’s Pavilion

Taramati Baradar, A Dancer’s Pavilion

A classic example of adoptive reuse

See also: FAM (familiarization) tour of Hyderabad and Warangal

As my Indigo Airlines flight lost altitude over Hyderabad, I peeped out of the window to locate the important landmarks, but before I could figure out the Golconda Fort or the Charminar, the wheels of my plane had hit the tarmac.

Taramati Baradari, Hyderabad

Taramati Baradari, Hyderabad

My visit to Hyderabad was on the occasion of a FAM (Familirazation) tour of Hyderabad and Warangal, conducted by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC).

Taramati Baradari, Interiors

Taramati Baradari, Interiors

The IT hub of India, Hyderabad, is studded with over 150 heritage buildings and 32 prized monuments. 751 of the hotels of Hyderabd are listed with the travel portal Wego India.

The FAM trip started with the visit to the Hussan Sagar Lake, followed by a trip to the iconic Charminar.

Lunch stop was at Taramati Baradari, an open air dancing platform named after the legendary singer – danseuse of astonishing beauty.

Taramati was a singer and danseuse in the court of Abdullah Qutub Shah, the seventh sultan of the Shah Dynasty.

Taramati Baradari Complex

Taramati Baradari Complex

According to legend, the voice of Taramati was carried by the wind to the Sulatan at the Golconda Fort, located 2 km away!!! There are also legends of rope dancing performances of Taramati and her sister Premamati, on ropes suspended between the Taramati Baradari and the Golconda Fort.

Baradari literally means 12 doors, but contrary to the name, the structure of Taramati Baradari contains 5 doors on each of the four sides, thus making it a total of 20 doors.

Today, the ancient pavilion of Taramati Baradari has been put into an excellent adoptive reuse by converting it into a tourist complex, complete with hotels, restaurants and open air theatres.

Sculptures at Taramati Complex, Hyderabad

Sculptures at Taramati Complex, Hyderabad

The pavilion of Taramati is located on a small hill overlooking the Musi River, in the outskirts of Hyderabad. The entire complex has been converted into a tourist and cultural centre.

All the buildings in the complex follow the arched gateway pattern of the original structure. The beautifully landscaped garden is decorated with flower beds, fountains and scattered sculptures. Beautiful murals adorn the walls.

Taramati Murals

Taramati Murals

The complex comes with an open air auditorium, conference hall, restaurant & bar, souvenir shop, swimming pool and a hotel with 6 suites and 24 rooms.

Special Thanks:

This trip was part of a FAM (familirazation) tour of Hyderabad and Warangal conducted by Andhra Paradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC). Special thanks to:

  • Kalyani, Consultant Sales and Marketing, APTDC
  • Dr. P. Jogi Naidu, Dy. Director (Retd.), Archeology and Museums, AP
  • Kiran Mehata and Sunil Vidayanatahn my fellow FAM tour participant
  • Santosh our driver
  • Haritah Hotels
  • All the staff of APTDC

Contact Details of Taramati Baradari:

  • Located near Vasavi Engineering College, Ibrahimbagh, Gandipet Road, Gandipet, Hyderabad – 500031
  • Ph: 040 2003 0352, M: 0 98488 27102
  • APTDC Website
  • APTDC Blog
  1. March 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    short yet perfect write-up rangan da. will call you later as i’m planning a trip to hyd-bidar-bijapur in some time. i’ve been to hyd, but your recent write-ups have inspired to take a journey through the fort and ruins of the sultanate era followed by the nizam’s!

    • March 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Thanks Supratim, this trip was part of a FAM tour organized by APTDC. I did not have the opportunity of exploring Hyderabad extensively.

      Hyderabad is an mazing city and I need to visit it again!!!!

  2. March 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM


  3. indrani
    March 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    I wish I knew of this place before my trip to Hyderabad. Hope I can make it again.

    • March 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Thanks Indrani, for your constant comments. Hope you visit Hyderabad soon!!!

  4. March 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Beautiful post Rangan da, waiting for more details and beautiful snaps.

  5. soumyadeep dey
    March 18, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    very interesting.. Police academy ami aschi.. 😀

    • March 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Sorry Soumyadeep, can’t understand the meaning of your comment.

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