You can also call chowmahalla palace as Chowmahallatuu i.e., “Four Palaces” where “Chow” means four and “Mahalat” means “Mahalel” (4 Palaces). This palace was built in the 18th century (Between 1857 to 1869) it is almost 200 years ago. This Palace is one of the popular sightseeing places in Hyderabad city.
The chowmahalla Palace originally covers 45 acres that extended from the Laad Bazaar on the north to the Aspan Chowk Road on the south of Hyderabad, but today it only remain 12 acres.
This chowmahalla palace was restored by the Government and was opened to the public in the year of 2005. One can visit the palace throughout the week except on Friday and also on national holidays.
The Palace is consisted of 2 courtyards :
- Northern courtyard.
- Southern courtyard.
The southern courtyard has four palaces which are namely:
- Afzal Mahal.
- Tahniyat Mahal.
- Mahtab Mahal.
- Aftab Mahal (biggest of all the four).
The northern courtyard consist of the following:
- Houses Bara Imam.
- Long corridor with rooms on the eastern side, which was once the administrative wing.
- The other main feature of this courtyard is the Shishe-Alat (mirror image).
- This was used to receive guests and public figures.
The Chowmahalla Palace also has
- Clock Tower (inside the clock tower you can see the most famous Khilwat Clock, this clock is very famous for ticking since the construction of the Chowmahalla palace).
- Council Hall (you can find various rare books here, especially some personal collections of Nizams).
- Roshan Bungalow (This Roshan Bungalow has been named after the Roshan Begum who was the mother of 6th Nizam).
- The heart of the Chowmahalla palace is Khilwat Mubarak, This grand Durbar hall is the best part of the Chowmahalla palace. Inside this Durbar Hall, you can find marble platform and this platform is very special because it is for the royal seat, Takht-e-Nishan was laid on this marble.
Things to Notice at Chowmahalla Palace:
- Beautiful spread of lawn.
- A huge water fountain.
- Intricate carvings on the walls and ceilings of the palace.
- Glass chandeliers with different designs in each Mahal.
- Various galleries like display of crockery, clothes, furniture, old coins and currency notes, pictures from the Nizam era, many more.
- “Quran section” it is the best section to visit, in this section you can see various kinds of Qurans such as hand written Quran which has been restored by using the Japanese technique, Naskh script, miniature Qurans that are printed in metal, some which have been inscribed in gold and many others.
- Vintage car and Buggee display.
- A fish motif on a poll, this was gifted by the Mughals.
Chowmahalla palace shows us the luxuriousness of Nizams lifestyle. It is one of the best place in Hyderabad to visit with family and friends.
Chowmahalla Palace Entry Fee:
- Adult (for Indians) – 50 per person
- Child (Below 12 Yrs) for Indians – 10
- For Foreign Tourists – 200 per person
- For Still Camera – 50
- For Video Camera – 100
Note: Tripods are not allowed in palace
Chowmahalla Palace Timings:
Palace is open on all days from 10 AM to 5 PM but it remains closed on Friday and also on national holidays.
Chowmahalla Palace Address:
Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli,, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500002, India.