Home to the Nizams – the absolute monarch of Hyderabad State before Partition – and the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. The Chowmahalla Palace was completed between 1857 and 1869 – over 100 years since building commenced. Composed of multiple smaller buildings oriented around two courtyards, the palace is an interesting mix of mughal architecture and neoclassical motifs, fitting as the palace was built over the course of many years. The palace and grounds were restored to fairly good condition in 2005 by the current Nizam (Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah, Pretender) and his family.
The Chowmahalla Palace is a nice and quiet refuge from the crowded streets around the Charminar. Expect to spend a few hours walking around the interior of the different palace buildings, be sure to check out the Nizams’ classic car collection, and relaxing in the courtyards around the fountains. The best time to visit is in the evening around Golden Hour, where the clear Hyderabad sun hits the pale yellow buildings and starlings circle above you. Pairing a visit with the Charminar is also a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
- Hours: Regular Palace Timings for viewing: 10am -5pm (Closed on Fridays and National Holidays)
- Address: Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli Hyderabad – 500 002
- Directions: Go to the Charminar, head toward the Makkah Masjid – ask anyone how to get to the Chowmahalla Palace
- Chowmahalla Palace on Wikipedia