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Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad – Enjoying the Heritage and Culture of India

July 20, 2014

Though a software developer, my interest in historic places took me to the magnificent Chowmahalla palace in Hyderabad. The Royal Palace of Nizams of Hyderabad, the Chowmahalla Palace was completed in 1880s in the period of Asaf Jahi Dynasty. It is a model of Shah Iran’s palace, Tehran. The palace was used by Nizams as official residence to entertain their royal guests or visitors. All royal ceremonies, including the accessions of the Nizams were held here. I was struck by the panoramic view of the palace at the entrance. Enthusiastically, I moved forward to take deeper look of the inside of the palace. The beauty of its style and elegance captured me. A synthesis of different architectural styles influenced it over the decades. The palace has two courtyards - northern and southern having palaces, Dharbar Hall or the grand Khilwat, splendid gardens and fountains. Southern courtyard was built in neo-classical style and is the oldest part of the palace with four palaces namely Mahtab Mahal, Afzal Mahal, Aftab Mahal and Tahniyat Mahal.

 

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Northern courtyard consists of Bara Imam, a large walkway of rooms on sides, which once housed the executive wing and Shishe-Alat or mirror image building which was used as guest rooms for such officers of higher dignitaries. Khilwat Mubarak is the heart of the palace and was the royal seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty. It held high esteem in the eyes of the people as this place was used as Durbar Hall and many other religious and symbolic ceremonies were held here by Nizams.

 

Inside View Of Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad

Inside View Of Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The long pillars added to its grandeur and the Takht-e-Nishan was held on beautiful marble platform. The impressive nineteen chandeliers made of Belgian crystal was a must watch. The Khilwat clock at the main gate of this palace is ticking since 250 years. The council Hall had a rare collection of priceless books and manuscripts. This was the place where Nizam often met dignitaries and officials. Roshan Bangla, where sixth Nizam used to live, derived its name after his mother Roshan Begum. The prestigious Asia Pacific Merit award UNESCO was given to Chowmahalla Palace on 15 March 2010 for cultural heritage preservation. The unique style and elegance will keep brushing my memories ever.

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