Chowmahalla Palace: The Architectural Marvel Built By Nizams

After visiting the historic Salar Jang museum, the next place in our itinerary was the Chowmahalla Palace. Chow in local language means four and hence Chowmaholla Palace translates as the four palaces. The Palace belonged to the Nizams of Hyderabad and it was used to hold ceremonial functions like the accessions, receptions of the British generals during their reign. Some historians are of the view that palace is an exact replica of the Palace of Shahs of Iran.

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad | Image Resource : picturingworld.wordpress.com

The palace is said to be initiated by Salabat Jang in 1750 and was completed during the reign of Afzal Asaf in 1869. The architecture of this palace is magnificent and resembles a blend of the Indian Persian, Rajasthani and European styles. When we entered the Palace we were spell bound to see both the Northern as well as Southern courtyard of the palace decorated we lavish fountains. The Southern side of the palace has four places inside and are known by the name of Aftab Manzil, Afzal Manzil, Tahniyat Mahal and Mahtab Mahal.

The Northern side of the palace has a Bara imam which consists of an array of rooms stretching across a large corridor which once used to be the administrative wing of the Nizams. The heart of the palace is known as khilawat Mubarak, which used to be the seat of th rulers during the reign of the erstwhile Nizams. The Darbar hall of the Palace was equally fascinating with huge pillars and a big marble platform where the Royal Seat known as the takth – E – Nishan is placed. The most intriguing part of the palace is its vast collection of books and manuscripts kept in the council hall.

Chowmahalla Palace Interiors

Chowmahalla Palace Interiors | Image Resource : rmaarchitects.com

The trip to Chowmahalla Palace was a fascinating one and provided a lot of beautiful pictures. It is one of the must see attractions of the city and a reminder of the monarchical past of the Princely state of Hyderabad which became part of India after too much struggle by our freedom fighters. The Palace is opened from 10 Am to 5 PM every day.

The next place which we visited was Golconda Fort.

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About Debanjan Basu

Hey this is Debanjan Basu. My friends call me “Debhu”. I'm a 45 year old businessman from Kolkata. Married and have two lovely Kids. I know that i am getting old but i believe that as I'm growing older, i am get more and more adventurous. I love Going to trips especially family vacations. Despite of my busy schedule, I always make it a point that i spend time with my wife and kids. I have been to almost every places around West Bengal as well as other states. With this blog of mine, I'm determined to help those married men like me who love hanging out with their family by sharing my travel experience.

Posted on May 9, 2015, in Attractions, Tourism, Travels and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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