Chowmahalla Palace - Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace, with the very name you can easily guess that it must be a set of four palaces at one single place.

Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallatuu (4 Palaces), was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while the same was under the Nizams rule.
The palace was built by Nizam Salabat Jung. This property is still owned and maintained by Barkat Ali Khan Mukarram Jah.

The palace is located in the old city in Hyderabad near the Charminar.

So let’s start our travel tale.....

Around 9am after finishing our breakfast and tea we started on bikes to the Chowmahalla palace. The palaces are just behind Charminar, the location is usually very crowded and the roads are pretty congested. Hence it is always advised to commute on bikes, because you will get parking easily. 

We found a place to park our bikes and entered the Palace by buying the tickets. The place does not contain any kind of canteen so it is advised to carry your own food and water. There is a small pantry which serves tea and basic food items like chips, samosa, biscuits etc. 

Since there are 4 palaces, we took around 4 hours to complete the trip. There are many artifacts which are preserved nicely. Right from Nizam's dresses, footwear, stationary, jewelry, etc everything is for the display.

At the extreme end of the place there is one huge section displaying the cars used by the Nizams. The cars are very well maintained. There is one more exclusive section where the dresses of Nizams are displayed, nicely draped around the mannequins. 

Around lunch time as we were hungry, my husband got some tea and samosa, as those were the only eatable items available there. We continued our walk post snack break and entered the photo gallery. This place has got many pictures of the Nizams and their family members. These pictures will surely take you back to the Nizam time.

All in all, it was a nice experience. One time visit is enough for this place, however, this will be a very fruitful trip.

About the Chowmahalla Palace: 

The Chowmahalla palace is a collection of four major palaces.

The four palaces are as named below:
1.     Afzal Mahal - Not open for public
2.     Tahniyat Mahal
3.     Mahtab Mahal
4.     Aftab Mahal

All the above 4 palaces are located at the southern courtyard. These were the main palaces and were used by only the family members.

As stated above, Afzal Mahal is not open for public, however, there are glass windows and doors through which we can take a look into the luxurious lifestyle of the Nizams. 

The northern courtyard was a public place used for administrative and official purposes. It consists of Bara Imam (Administrative wing), Shishe-Alat (Guest rooms).

The property also houses Clock Tower, Council Hall and Roshan Bungalow.

Another main attraction of this place is called Khilwat Mubarak. It is a grand conference hall (Darbar).

History of  the Chowmahalla Palace :

The palace construction was started in the year 1750 and was completed by 1880, it took almost 130 years to accomplish such a fantastic vision.

During the rule of fifth Nizam of Hyerabad, Afzar-ud-Daulah, Asaf Jah, the construction of Chowmahalla palace was completed. Initially the palace was constructed on a total of 45 acres, however, due to various reasons the same was reduced to just 12 acres.

Entry Fee :

Adult - Rs 50/- for Indians
          - Rs 200/- for Foreign Tourists
Child - Rs 12/- (Below 12 years) for Indians
Still Camera - Rs 50/-
Video Camera - Rs 100/-

Timings :

Everyday 10 am to 5 pm
Friday - Holiday
Closed on public holidays

Address : 

Khilwat, 20-4-236, Motigalli, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500002, India - 040 2452 2032

Photo Gallery : 

Location :

Map from Secunderabad Railway station

Map from Airport

Have a happy and safe travel.

We will get back to you with yet another travel tale, till then take care. Stay healthy and happy.



  1. Sounds fascinating...🤩🤩
    Definitely going here...✔


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Qutub Shahi Tombs / 7 Tombs - Hyderabad

Dolphin ride at the Coco Beach - GOA

Aalankrita Resort Hyderabad