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.
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.
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.
Description : This is the beautiful Chowmahalla Palace. This castle was built for the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1880s. It is still owned by Begum “Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah Asaf Jah VIII” the decedent of Nizam. The palace is also known as “Chowmahallat” which means four palaces. This palace has also received Asia Pacific Merit award for cultural heritage conservation from UNESCO.