Then we visited the Chowmahalla Palace, which means four palaces together (Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal) It was the Palace of Nizams of Hyderabad. I liked the palace’s grand Khilwat (Darbar hall) which has eye sparkling 19 belgian crystal Chandeliers that too pure white shining constantly.The whole Palace has Southern, Northern Courtyard which has various Persian elements with ornate stucco work.Centre of attraction here lies for the collection of vintage cars like Rolls Royce which were once used by Nizams.
Chowmahalla Palace is about magnificent palace situated in the Old City of Hyderabad, around few minutes drive from Charminar. It was a palace of Nizams in Hyderabad, which has been converted into museum open for public. The palace was awarded Asia Pacific Merit Award by UNESCO in 2010. The palace is divided into Southern and Northern Courtyard, housing the famous arms and ammunition of Nizam era. The palace also has a collection of vintage cars used by the Nizams. The palace is a nice heritage walk for photographers.
Literally meaning ‘Four Palaces’, the Chowmahalla Palace was built in the 19th-century and served as the residence of the Nizams of the princely state of Hyderabad. It is split up into two courtyards – southern courtyard that houses four palaces built in the neo-classical architectural style, and the northern courtyard that features a huge corridor of rooms (Bara Imam), along with pool and fountain in the center. The major highlight of the palace is the majestic Durbar Hall, also called Khilwat Mubarak. It was here that all the symbolic and religious events and ceremonies were held. Visitors can explore both courtyards, Durbar Hall, and discover the amalgam of architectural styles, from Mughal to Persian that are entwined in the design of the building. You can visit the palace every day, except Friday and national holidays; from 10 am to 5 pm.
Literally translating to Four Palaces, Chowmahalla Palace was constructed over 200 years ago. Unique in style and grandeur, the palace is made up of 2 vast courtyards, a grand Darbar Hall and well maintained gardens with fountains. The palace is located within a walking distance from Charminar and is now home to the museum about the heritage of the Nizams and their story.
Chowmala Palace is also a museum which consists of ancient items similar to the Salar Jung museum.