The spaces surrounding us give us the experience of constant change through time, but the Chowmahalla Palace is one of the odd sites that takes us into a different world. The palace, built by Nizam Salabat Jung, located in central Hyderabad and not far away from the Charminar, lets observers experience the Nizams’ residency and lifestyle. Chowmahalla Palace still bears the pride of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, which established the Nizami rule in the Deccan. The palace is natural in showing off its style and elegance that took more than a century to construct. Over the many decades of construction, a synthesis of different architectural styles and influences emerged in its designing. The palace comprises two courtyards (the southern and northern courtyards) and a Durbar Hall (Khilawat Mubarak). Khilawat Mubarak stands in its full glory with its gorgeous architectural aesthetics complete with laced windows and ornate stucco work, and is flanked by the timeless clock tower that has been ticking for the last 250 years. Walking through the Durbar Hall imbues one with the illustrious history of the Nizams, with their beautiful princely dresses, court uniforms, armour, furniture, ceramic ware, paintings and framed photographs. As we move beyond the Durbar Hall, we will visit the four mahals (buildings) that gave the palace its name, ‘Chowmahalla’: Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Taniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal. Finally, we will visit the most popular part of the palace, the Nizam’s collection of vintage cars. The mesmerizing sight of the Rolls Royce, Ford and other cars will make your jaws drop.
This guided tour is free.