Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace is one of the must-see places in Hyderabad.

We shot this during one of our Photowalks in Hyderabad.

Also known as the Chowmahallatuu which means 4 Palaces, is a palace of the Nizams in Hyderabad,India. It was the throne of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while they ruled their state. The palace remains the property of Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, heir of the Nizams.

The palace is located quite close to the Charminar after walking through the Laad Bazaar which is famous for lac bangles.

All ceremonial functions including the accession of the Nizams and receptions for the Governor-General were held at this palace.

The palace is unique for its style and elegance. Building of the palace began in the late 18th century and over the decades a synthesis of many architectural styles and influences emerged. The palace consists of two courtyards (Southern and Northern) as well as the grand Khilwat (Khilwat Mubarak)

(i)Southern courtyard : This is the oldest part of the palace, and has four palaces Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal. It was built in the neo-classical style.
(ii)Northern courtyard : This part has Bara Imam, a long corridor of rooms on the east side facing the central fountain and pool that once housed the administrative wing and Shishe-Alat, meaning mirror image.It has Mughal domes and arches and many Persian elements like the ornate stucco work that adorn the Khilwat Mubarak. These were characteristic of buildings built in Hyderabad at the time.
Opposite the Bara Imam is a building that is its shishe or mirror image. The rooms were once used as guest rooms for officials accompanying visiting dignitaries.
(iii)Khilwat Mubarak : This is heart of Chowmahalla Palace. It is held in high esteem by the people of Hyderabad, as it was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. The grand pillared Durbar Hall has a pure marble platform on which the Takht-e-Nishan or the royal seat was laid. Here the Nizams held their durbar and other religious and symbolic ceremonies. The 19 spectacular Chandeliers of Belgian crystal recently reinstalled to recreate the lost splendor of this regal hall.

Clock Tower: The clock above the main gate to Chowmahalla Palace is affectionately called Khilwat Clock. It has been ticking away for around 250 years. An expert family of clock repairers winds the mechanical clock every week.
Council Hall : This building housed a rare collection of manuscripts and priceless books.The Nizam often met important officials and dignitaries here. Today it is a venue for temporary exhibitions from the treasures of the Chowmahalla Palace Collection of the bygone era.
Roshan Bangla : The sixth Nizam is believed to have lived here and the building was named after his mother Roshan Begum.

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Sometimes, the palace hosts some dance programs. It looks at its best during those times.
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Tips for Photographers –
1. At the entrance, they say, they don’t allow ‘Professional Camera’. If you are carrying an SLR, just say, this is not professional, they will allow you.
2. They typically close at 5pm. For the night shots I have visited the place during some event.
3. Be early, later it can get crowded.


Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.

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