ChowMahalla Palace in Hyderabad

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Located in the heart of Hyderabad, the Chowmahalla Palace is a magnificent edifice that once served as the seat of power of the rulers of Asaf Jahi dynasty. It was in this palace that the Asaf Jahis, more popularly known as the Nizams.

 

The essence of those glorious days is alive even today in this splendid 19th-century palace that boasts of awesome architectural beauty. The building, which is currently the property of the heir of Nizams, is also open for public viewing.

 

The palace is also known for its spellbinding structural design. It comprises of two courtyards, lush gardens, and splendid fountains. The Southern Courtyard comprises of four palaces, which led to the name of Chowmahalla which means ‘Four Palaces’.

 

Mind-Blowing Facts:

 

➡️ The Durbar Hall of the palace contains 19 mesmerizing Belgian Chandeliers that were recently added to bring back some of the lost splendour of this royal hall.

 

➡️ The Khilafat clock placed above the main gate of the palace has been functioning for more than 250 years now. Every week, this mechanical clock is winded to keep it ticking.

 

➡️ The palace boasts of a fleet of vintage cars that were used by the Nizams. This includes the 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

 

➡️ Over the 100 years of its expansion, it has absorbed Persian, Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani and European styles into its architecture

 

➡️ The two courtyards of Chowmahalla Palace contain elegant palaces, fountains and gardens

 

It preserves amazing art and heritage of the one the richest rulers in India. Be it the Architecture of the palace or the ancient time war instruments or the exotic heritage car collection or the series of beautiful chandeliers everything is preserved well and depicts the proud legacy of the Nizam. The photos, armour, weapons, clothes, vehicles are a pleasure to watch.

 

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