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!
Tickets: 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.
We sat and enjoyed ice cream under these trees while the birds cheerfully chirped in the background.
The design for all the four palaces was inspired from Mughal and Persian architectures.
The heart of the Chowmahalla Palace: Takht-e-Nishan (Royal Seat) in Durbar Hall.
Love the details!
Recently installed chandeliers made from delicate Belgian crystal.
Carriages that were used to transport royalties a long time ago.
I suppose more intimate meetings were conducted in this room here on the second floor.
The English Bracket Clock
The ladies in the house: preparing the bride for her wedding ceremony.
A great place to sit with friends or family and have tea.
Less glamorous carriages.
The enormity of the place amazes me!
The window - up close
I imagined a 'Romeo and Juliet' type of scene here.
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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