Chowmahalla Palace

  • 4.4

    Location: 20-4-236, Motigalli, Khilwat, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002, India.

    Visiting Time: 1-2 hours.

    In the state of Hyderabad, Telangana, India, Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat is the palace of the Nizams. It was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while they ruled their state and was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. Nizam Salabat Jung built the palace and remains the property of the Nizam. At this palace, all formal functions including the accession of the Nizams and receptions for the Governor-general were takes place. On 15 March 2010, the UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit award for cultural heritage conservation was presented to Chowmahalla Palace. Takahiko Makino, the UNESCO representative, formally handed over the palace and certificate to Princess Esra, former wife and GPA holder of Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur.



    This is the center of attraction for its amazing attire and surrounding the foreigners and also the people of India. This is among the central attraction of the state of Hyderabad.


    Chowmahalla Palace

    It was fulfilled during the period of Afzal ad-Dawlah, while Salabat Jung initiated its construction in 1750, Asaf Jah V between 1857 and 1869. For its style and elegance, the palace is supreme. In the late 18th century and over the decades, construction of the palace began, and a synthesis of many architectural styles and influences emerged. As well as the grand Khilwat which is also known as the Darbar Hall, fountains, and gardens, the palace consists of two courtyards. Though only 12 acres remain today, the palace initially covered 45 acres. Under the patronage of Princess Esra, the palace was restored between 2005 and 2010.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Chowmahalla Palace

    Southern courtyard: The oldest part of the palace is a southern courtyard, and the Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, and Aftab Mahal are the four palaces. The Neo-classical style is its built style.

    Northern courtyard: On the east side facing the central fountain, this part has Bara Imam, a long corridor of rooms, and a pool that once housed the administrative wing and Shishe-Alat, meaning mirror image. Like the ornate stucco work that adorn the Khilwat Mubarak, it has Mughal domes and arches and many Persian elements. Built in Hyderabad at the time, these were characteristics of buildings. It is a building located opposite the Bara Imam that is its shisha or mirror image. For officials accompanying visiting dignitaries, the rooms were once used as guest rooms.

    Khilwat Mubarak: The heart of Chowmahalla Palace is Khilwat Mubarak.  By the people of Hyderabad, it is held in high esteem, as it was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty.

    Clock Tower: Affectionately called Khilwat Clock is the clock above the main gate to Chowmahalla Palace. For 251 years, it has been ticking away. Every week the mechanical clock is winded by an expert family of horologists.

    Council Hall: A rare collection of manuscripts and priceless books are housed in this building. It is the place where the Nizam often met dignitaries and important officials. From the treasures of the Chowmahalla Palace Collection of the bygone era, today it is a venue for temporary exhibitions.

    Roshan Bangla: The building was named after the Sixth Nizam, Mir Mahbub Ali Khan‘s mother Roshan Begum, and it is believed he to have lived here. It was decided to restore the Chowmahalla Palace and open it to the public in January 2005 by the present Nizam (Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah) and his family. To document and restore the palaces of the first courtyard to its former glory, took over 5 years. Including the Rolls Royce, the palace also has a collection of vintage cars, which were used by the Nizam Kings.

    Opening Hours

    Saturday           10 AM–5 PM

    Sunday              10 AM–5 PM

    Monday             10 AM–5 PM

    Tuesday             10 AM–5 PM

    Wednesday       10 AM–5 PM

    Thursday           10 AM–5 PM

    Friday                Closed


    Entry & Others Fees

    • 80rs is needed to pay for Indians; for children below 12 years 10rs is needed to pay;  for foreign nationals, it’s 200rs needed to get access inside the palace.
    • 50rs is needed to pay for using a still camera. You are not allowed to use tripods here.
    • Rs200 is needed to pay for taking the video.

    How to Reach

    BY AIR: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad is the closest airport situated in Hyderabad. From the airport, you can hire a cab or taxi to the palace.

    BY TRAIN: Like Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru, and Kolkata, Hyderabad is well connected with all major cities of India, being the headquarter of South Central Railway. At Nampally and Kachiguda there are also railway stations. At Secunderabad railway station, trains leaving from these two stations can also be boarded.

    BY ROAD: From the bus stand, regular services of state roadways and privately owned buses of the city are available. With important cities and states, roads are also well connected. To reach your desired destination, you can also hire rented cars or taxis.

    Tips for Travellers

    Don’t harm any structures there. Don’t make any kind of noise that may disturb other visitors.


    Que: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: yes, the place is safe to visit.

    Que: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: yes, photography is allowed here, but you need to pay a specific amount for different purposes of photoshoots or videography.

    Que: What is the best time to visit the place?

    Ans: you can visit the place anytime throughout the year.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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