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Taramati Baradari

Place : Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh State
Significance : The historical dance platform for Taramati, a famous courtesan of Abdullah Qutb Shah
Best Season : September to March
Timings : 10.00 am to 6 pm
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Located about 14.5kms west of Hyderabad city, near Gandipet is the historical 'Taramati Baradari', a simple vaulted pavillion raised on a high terrace. The baradari was left abandoned until Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation realised the tourism possibilities of the place. APTDC along with the Department of Archeology & Museums has renovated the place. Spread over seven acres of land, now, this well maintained site, often hosts cultural programs.

Built around 1625 AD, Taramati Baradari were connected with several fables. According to one fable, it was a sarai (a caravan station for traders and travelers) as part of Ibrahim Bagh, a Persian styled garden built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah, the second Sultan of Golconda. Another says that, it is Abdullah Qutb Shah's (the 6th Sultan of Golconda fort), Ode to his favorite noble woman Taramati.

Tharamati and Premamati- the two dancing sisters and singers, were the famous courtesans of Abdullah Qutb Shah. They entertained the sultan's court and the charming beauty Tharamati gradually took Sultan's heart. Later Abdullah Qutb Shah constructed a Baradari on a hillock and named it after his beloved Tharamati. It is believed that the sultan used to enjoy Tharamati's song from Golconda fort, which is one km away from the Baradari. The Baradari is built in a special acoustic structure which allowed the wind to carry the sweet voice of Tharamati to the Fort. Even a clap on the balcony of the Baradari could be heard in the Golkonda fort. When Tharamati passed away in 1672, she was buried at the royal cemetery of the Quli Qutub Shahi Kings and Queens. The tombs of Premamati is also lie here. The love and respect the king had for these sisters is imminent from this.

Built about 1625 A.D, Taramati Baradari has 12 doorways that allow the wind and one can reach there through the paved steps. Baradari means 12 entrances and as the structure here has 12 entrances it is called Taramati Baradari.

The open pavilion and terraced garden are made with mortar and limestone which has a seating capacity of 500 people. From the terrace of Taramati Baradari, the view is fabulous and one can have a long view of small hills, trees and the outline of the Golconda fort.

Now it is the permanent venue for Tharamati music festival and Premavati dance festival and is one of the best convention and cultural complexes of the state. The complex includes an air-conditioned theatre with a capacity to seat 500 people, an open-air auditorium with a capacity for 1600 people, a banquet hall with the capacity of 250 people, multi cuisine restaurant and accommodation facility with bar, swimming pool, food court, fitness centre, accommodation for visiting artists and a spacious parking are some of the facilities developed by the APTDC. Flanked on either side of the auditorium are eight food courts that get activated during cultural fests. There are two sets of green rooms and washrooms and a practicing room beneath the structure.

Tarmati Baradari is illuminated in different hues every evening.

Taramati Baradari is open from around 10 am in the morning till around sunset. There is no ticket to enter this monument.