Construction began in 1750, and took a hundred years to complete!

The Chowmahalla Palace

Hyderabad, India.

Nadia Masood
Chowmahalla literally means “Four Palaces”, and wasn’t only a home to the Nizams of Hyderabad, but most importantly, this was the center of the city back in the 18th century.
Construction began in 1750, and took a hundred years to complete!
Construction began in 1750, and took a hundred years to complete!
Tickets: Indian Visitor - Rs. 25 / International Visitor - Rs. 150. (I got in as a local for Rs 25)
Tickets:ย  Locals – Rs. 25 /Foreigners – Rs. 150. (I got in as a local for Rs 25)
Notice that clock on top? It's affectionately called the "Khilwat Clock", and has been ticking away for around 250 years now! An expert family of clock repairers winds the mechanical clock every week.
Notice that clock on top? It’s affectionately called the “Khilwat Clock”, and has been ticking away for around 250 years now! An expert family of clock repairers winds the mechanical clock every week.
We sat and enjoyed ice cream under these trees while the birds cheerfully chirped in the background.
We sat and enjoyed ice cream under these trees while the birds cheerfully chirped in the background.
The design was inspired from Mughal and Persian architecture.
The design for all the four palaces was inspired from Mughal and Persian architectures.
Takht-e-Nishan (Royal Seat) in Durbar Hall
The heart of the Chowmahalla Palace:ย  Takht-e-Nishan (Royal Seat) in Durbar Hall.
Gorgeous interiors!
Love the details!
Recently installed chandeliers made from delicate Belgian crystal.
Recently installed chandeliers made from delicate Belgian crystal.
Where are the horses?
Carriages that were used to transport royalties a long time ago.
I suppose less important meetings are conducted in this room here on the second floor.
I suppose more intimate meetings were conducted in this room here on the second floor.
The English Bracket Clock
The English Bracket Clock
The ladies
The ladies in the house: preparing the bride for her wedding ceremony.
A great place to have tea and biscuits.
A great place to sit with friends or family and have tea.
Private time
Less glamorous carriages.
Nadia Masood
The enormity of the place amazes me!
The window - up close
The window – up close
Nice place
I imagined a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ type of scene here.
Last
There were a LOT of photographs of the nizams and their families within these palaces. Also on display are the weapons they owned/used, books, kitchen wares, letters, coins, important manuscripts, clothes, furniture, etc. I recommend people visiting Hyderabad to definitely visit the Chowmahalla Palace.

More beautiful pictures of the palace here.

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41 comments

  1. Absolutely incredible! Thanks for the details, I myself don’t know these hidden details being a Hyderabadi.

    Hehe, it’s okay – we’re learning together, and that’s more fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. These pictures show that side of India that really makes me dream: that place is wonderful!
    Thanks for the suggestion: I think I could be ready to leave tomorrow!

    Hehe, I know! And the country is full of photo ops ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I guess the foreigner/local will always be by skin color! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Even when I go to the touristy parts of Bangladesh I always see this – and then pay the local rate even though I am anything but local!

    The palace looks really grand.

    lol – same here ๐Ÿ˜€ Although the Taj Mahal guys were highly suspicious that I was Pakistani, but I still went in as a local.

  4. wow wonderful pictures,surprised to see its cleanliness. Thanks for presenting the hidden beauties of our country!

    And I can’t wait to explore more!

  5. Lovely picture! It makes me think of visiting India. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experienced. I just wonder do you always take the picture, why is that I dont see you in these picture? Are you a camera shy? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    lol – yes, I take the pictures, 99% of the time ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m actually making an effort to not have myself photographed because taking pictures of/painting/drawing/sculpting images of people and animals are actually discouraged in Islam. In my previous posts, you may have noticed I have taken pictures of people and animals, but I’m trying to avoid those now. Hope I remain steadfast in my choice.

  6. Really beautiful…you seem to know a great many facts about the place. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I usually read up about a place before visiting it; makes the trip more special ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love all the photos! I wish I could take good pictures *sniff* ๐Ÿ™

    Love, Falak
    PS. The glamorous carriages remind of wedding dholis, ha ha.
    I am weird. ๐Ÿ˜›

  8. A really splendid and sumptuous palace with lovely garden surrounds ans superb carvings. Thank you for documenting it so well for all of us to enjoy. I loved the Rotunda with the crown on top!

  9. Masha’Allah~! Brilliant photography!!! I love the magnificent grandeur! *well, it is a palace* Oh yeah, I can imagine the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ scene too. Things would have been amazing back in its heydays. Great to know that it is well-kept.

  10. Amazing pictures! And a beautiful palace!
    And to see that its so well preserved is amazing.
    How did you manage to take pic with no ppl around? If its a tourist attraction, i imagine it would be crowded during visiting hours.

    Thanks, Sis. It was 1 pm, that too on a weekday, hence lesser crowd ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. MashaAllah, finally visited your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    These are beautiful photos. I love the architecture, reminds of some Spanish architecture in Texas, California, and Mexico.

    SubhanAllah how things can be half a world a away and be similar.

    Mary Ann, welcome to the blog, Sis! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I soooooo want to see Hyderabad!!! I’ve been captivated by the idea of a Chudi Bazaar since forever!!! And after your fantastic post I want to go even more!

    This November we’ll go to Delhi to see the Taj and then next year hopefully we can visit Hyderabad!
    I’ve made up my mind to see all of India first. The rest of the world’s hotspots can wait!

  13. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful photographs.

    I have been to Chow Mohalla and I also love the place. It is so calm and cool, inspite being so near to the hustle and bustle of the Charminar. I also have a blog on Hyderabad. Please check it out and blogroll me. I am blogrolling you.

  14. Beautiful photos. Have you done any post on the Falaknuma palace? That’s very nice too – esp the intricate woodwork in one of the buildings adjacent to the main palace – I visited it about 10 years ago but have been wanting to go back – just for the sake of that awesome woodwork.

    Very nice blog, too, Nadia.

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