This palace was originally the place where the Nizams look after and entertained the official guests and visitors from the Royal family. The palace was known as the seat of the dynasty of Asaf Jahi. This palace was built almost 200 years ago, in the 18th century and is well known for its exclusive style and grace. The architecture of the palace is concentrating around the Rajasthani, European and the Indo- Sarocenic. There is a huge hall, which in the earlier times was known as the”Durbar Hall”, originally known as the “Khilwat Mubarak” compound. The Durbar is huge as there are 19 massive chandeliers made out of Belgian crystals. In the modern times the hall holds exhibitions of clothing, arms and photos. There are curtains placed in the hall, which at one point of time were like a “pardah” meant for the women, which also attended the durbar.
The palace has four sections, the Southern courtyard -, this is the oldest part of the palace. There are four palaces in the southern courtyard, which are the Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal. Out of all of these four palaces, the Aftab mahal is the most magnificent.
The second part of the palace is the Northern courtyard- which has the Bara Imam is a very long corridor having many rooms towards the eastern side. The administrative wing was housed here at one point in time. The other important feature the Northern courtyard had was the Shishe Alat, which as the name suggests, the mirror image. This was used as a guest room, for all the officials who accompanied the dignitaries’.
Another very interesting feature of the Chowmahalla palace, Hyderabad was the Clock tower, which was also known as the Khilwat clock.
The Council hall is yet another amazing collection of many books which are simple priceless and some of the unique manuscripts. As the name suggest, the Nizam often met the important officials in the Council hall.
The Roshan Bangla, was named after the sixth Nizam’s mother is yet another beautiful as well as superb part of this courtyard.
Khilwath palace and Nizam's cars collection is awesome. Visitors became spellbound to see the unique master piece "Custom made Rolls Royce specially made for Nizams and royal garage where you can still found the horse driven carts, old cars dating back to 1906 and also a 1937 model Harley Davidson bike. All the artifacts and lifestyle objects depicts the richness of the Nizams.
The palace is now open to the general public and they can host dinners, meetings as well as cultural evenings can be hosted here. Many corporate also host their annual events in the palace. The Chowmahalla Palace can be visited from 11am to 5:00pm from Sat to Thursday. The entry charges are Rs 40 for Indians and Rs 150 for foreigners.
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|