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Chowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace

Description :

Chowmahalla Palace is one of the amazing palaces of Hyderabad city, Andhra Pradesh and the whole area of it comprises of 4 Palaces, belongs to Nizams and it were their official residence. Chowmahalla Palace is also called as Chowmahallat palace, chow means four while Mahallat refer to palaces. All Ceremonial events of Nizams and Governor Generalís were held at this Chowmahalla palace.

King of Nizam Salabat Sung had initiated the palace construction in the year 1750 and finally it was finished by the period of Asaf Jah V. The Chowmahalla palace resembles the model of Shah of Iranís palace of Tehran. UNESCO has presented the prestigious Asia Pacific Merit award to Chowmahalla Palace on March 15 2010, regarding its contribution for cultural heritage conservation. Takahiko Makino, representative of UNESCO, has awarded a memorial and certificate to Princess Esra, who is former wife of Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur.

Chowmahalla Palace, which encompasses unique style and architecture, was originally comprised of 45 acres, but at present only 14 acres were existed. This elegant palace mainly consists of two Courtyards, namely southern courtyard and northern courtyard; these are dotted with Mesmerizing monuments, huge palaces, the Durbar Hall (the grand Khilwat Mubarak), council hall, clock tower, colourful Fountains and Green gardens.

Southern Courtyard:

This Courtyard is the oldest part of the Chowmahalla palace built in Neo-classic style and it boasts mainly a four palaces called Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, plus Aftab Mahal.

Northern courtyard:

This Courtyard has a long corridor of rooms and also encompasses a central fountain and pool facing east side. The northern courtyard is dotted with Mughal domes, monuments and arches. And Opposite to it there was a building that is its mirror image where the rooms here were used as rest rooms for officials in earlier days.

Khilwat Mubarak:

This Durbar hall is regarded as heart of the Chowmahalla Palace and it was also the seat of the kings belongs to Asaf Jahi. The grand Hall is dotted with large sculptured pillars and marble floors on which the royal seat, Takht-e-Nishan, was existed, Here the kings held their meetings, discussions and formal ceremonies.

Clock Tower

The mechanical clock that lies above the main entrance gate to Chowmahalla Palace is also called as Khilwat Clock or Clock tower and it has been running without any break from around 250 years. An expert will look of it and repairers every week

Council Hall

This huge building called council hall boasts of a prime collection of manuscripts and books; today it is transformed as venue for some important exhibitions in order to exhibit the treasures of the Chowmahalla Palace

Roshan Bangla

The sixth one of the Nizam dynasty was believed to be lived here and this palace got this name after Roshan Begum, mother of Nizam sixth king.