Hyderabad, City of Nizams – Chowmohalla Palace

Hyderabad, is one among the cosmopolitan cities in India, and its booming day by day. I lived in this city for 3 years and my experience was very pleasant and would like to share certain things about in a series of articles. Hyderabad is known for its palaces, forts, food (Biryani, haleem, etc are the most famous delicacies), pearls, cultural blend etc.

In this series, I will actually take you through the places, where people usually don’t visit, if they did they would just do it for the sake of it. Some of my friends are from Hyderabad, they haven’t visited these places.

First in the list is Chowmahalla Palace, its situated in the center of the city, quite near-by to Charminar. Built over 200 years ago, Chowmahalla is renowned for its unique style and elegance. Its collage of cultures and styles, you can find British, Indian, French, Arabic, etc styles. Chowmahalla, means four palaces and they are Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal.

I have visited Chowmahalla palace twice, first in the month of March and second in the month of August, this time I took my family for a trip around Hyderabad. It was almost 6 days travel around Hyderabad, some people would tell I am crazy to allot 6 days to Hyderabad, trust me guys you have definitely have to allot six days or more than that to see how good the surrounding places are.

Chowmahalla palace opens to public around 10:00 AM in the morning and closes by 5:00 PM in the evening. Entry fees is very nominal and don’t be stingy please shell out another Rs.100 for your Camera, because memories are worth more than that.

Here are some of the pictures I have taken:

A brief introduction about Chowmahalla Palace

Below are the pictures from council hall and some of the finest artistic works can be seen in this hall

We had spent close to 6 hrs in the palace and my Nephews Keerthan (11) and Goutam (7) were excited the most, might be their excitement had rubbed into my mom and she would usually get tired very soon, but on this day she was observing things and appreciating the hard work of the people maintaining these pieces of art and heritage.

During our visit many people came by and left before we had even finished the single mahal, many usually hire a travel agent to go around Hyderabad, and its finished in a day.  They come here only for the purpose of showing off to their friends and relatives by taking few pictures, its not worth it, if you are doing so. I believe, one has to visit a place to know, to learn and to enjoy.

As we were in the palace for nearly 6 hours and were interacting with the custodians of the mahal, we were allowed to stay beyond the closing hours of 5:00 PM. And here are some of the pictures we took during the night.

Palace looks really amazing the in the night and beauty and splendor of the hall increases a lot, the lights and reflections from the marble are just outstanding.

Chowmahalla palace holds many antiques and one of the maintenance staff showed us the place where the re-instate the old or broken antique items. And he promised us, if we visit the palace again after a gap of four or five months, then most of the display items would be replaced with other items stocked outside the palace premises and they usually follow a rotation policy to ensure all the pieces are in good condition.

At last, when you visit a place of historical significance, it might be a museum, palace, fort or anything, please allocate enough time to see around, you might not re-visit this place again and allocating a little extra time will always give you wonderful experience.

One Life, Live it.