Monday, November 9, 2015

Hyderabad Trip: Chowmahalla Palace

Date: 20th Oct 2015

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi, Harsh, Muthusamy and Vijayalaksmi.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Friday.

Fee: Adults 40, Kids 10, Camera 50, Non Indians 150, Video 100.

Chowmahalla palace was the residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad when they ruled. It has four courtyards thus the name Chow (four) mahalla (Palaces). The construction of the palace was completed by Asaf Jha V in 1869. We visited here after seeing the Hyderabad zoo. The google maps was guiding us through the narrow roads. I was wondering how can a palace be in this area. Then suddenly the lady from the phone said in 300 meters your destination will be on right. We could only see old warehouse kind of things and i said no way there is a palace here the maps has guided us wrong. Then suddenly we saw a big wall with name Chowmahalla palace. We entered inside and the parking was so small i was still wondering where is the palace. Luckily some other car was leaving as we entered and got a nice parking under the shade. We purchased the ticket at the entrance and went inside and we were stunned. There stood the grand palace a midst the dirt filled streets.

All the courtyards exhibits some of the possessions of the Nizams. Those exhibits doesn't excite me a bit but i was more fascinated seeing the beautiful decorations on the walls, roofs and pillars. So below are some of the photographs of those beautiful designs from the palace.

View of the famous clock tower in the palace.

Intricate stucco work around one of the window.

Khilwat clock on the main gate still ticking away.

Beautiful Chandeliers decorating the main durbar hall. There are 19 of them in the hall.

Designs on the walls, arches and pillars.

Royal seat in the Khilwat mahal.

Designs on the balcony windows of the main hall.

Floral patterns on the roofs.

A colorful chandelier. 

Car collections of the Nizams.

The Rolls royce silver ghost, a priced possession of the Nizams.

Chowmahalla palace is surely an exciting place to visit in Hyderabad.

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