Chawmahalla Palace, Hyderabad

Chawmahalla Palace

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About Chawmahalla Palace

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Saturday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Sunday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Public Holidays: 12.00 AM - 12.00 AM

Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat Palace is a popular attraction of Hyderabad. Chowmahalla Palace is located nearby Charminar, at a distance of about 350 meters.

Chowmahalla Palace was the official seat of the Asaf Jahi Dynasty or the Nizams of Hyderabad state. The name ‘Chowmahallat’ comes from two Urdu words, Chow (four) and Mahallat (palaces). The ceremonial functions such as the accession of the Nizams, receptions for the Governor-General and other official guests and royal visitors, etc. were held at Chowmahalla Palace.

Chowmahalla Palace is a blend of many architectural styles and influences. Though the construction began in 1750, it was completed between 1857 and 1869. Chowmahalla Palace has two courtyards – northern courtyard and southern courtyard.

The Northern courtyard that consists of Bara Imam and Shishe-Alat has many Mughal domes and arches adorned with stucco ornamentation. The Southern courtyard, the oldest part of Chowmahalla Palace, consists of Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal.

Khilwat Mubarak, the heart of Chowmahalla Palace, is the Durbar Hall where religious ceremonies and durbar were held. It has a pure marble platform on which the royal seat 'Takht-e-Nishan' is laid. Khilwat Mubarak is also famous for its 19 chandeliers made of Belgian crystal. The Chowmahalla Palace complex also consists of a 250-year old Clock Tower (Khilwat Clock), Council Hall and Roshan Bungalow.  

Chowmahalla Palace, the symbol of royal and cultural heritage, was opened in 2005. Though built over 250 years ago, Chowmahalla Palace is well preserved and upholds its cultural significance and elegance even today.

What travellers are saying about Chawmahalla Palace

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  • Very Good 11
  • Good 4
  • Average 1
  • Below Average 0
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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22 traveller reviews for Chawmahalla Palace

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Manoj Onkar

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  • Manoj Onkar
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 7 Reviews
  •  58 helpful votes
  •  4017 readers

"Recommended to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 22, 2017
A decently managed space.
The display is of good quality.
Campus could have been maintained much better.
Couple of spaces open but some of the palaces are locked and not open for public.
The historic information displayed is interesting and so is the car museum in the background.
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  • 29 votes

David Prakash

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  • David Prakash
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1858 readers

"Magnificent Palace"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 7, 2016
The palace in its grandeur is a magnificent one and worth a visit.

My children loved the antique cars present there. It was worth a visit and sheds light on the way the nizam lived.
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Aviral Mukherjee

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  • Aviral Mukherjee
  • Lives in Dehradun
  • 78 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  19322 readers

"Palace of Nizam !!!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2016
In a close vicinity to charminar lies the beautiful palace of the Hyderabadi nizam - The Chowmahalla palace. The architecture here is so beautifully created that it will lure you even after your visit. What amazed me the most was the Rolls royce of the 19th century. The palace is a masterpiece. A must visit place. Just walk down from charminar ask anybody to guide you. The ticket price is Rs 50 and is worth it. You get a good canteen facility to chew in some snacks inside. Do not forget to take the camera ticket. There's a lot to capture.
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  • 2 votes

S.m.bega  Raaj

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  • S.m.bega Raaj
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 717 photos
  • 143 Reviews
  •  92 helpful votes
  •  49139 readers

"Marvellous Mahal"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2015
Brilliant Beauty!!

Huge and Handsome Palace located in the heart of the city. 4 Palaces in one compound, so it's called Chowmahalla Palace, 100% paisa vasool place. But we have to walk a lot to enjoy the beauty of this wonderful Palace.

Architectural brilliance at it's best, INR 50/- entrance ticket and 50/- for camera is absolutely worth it. I took some pleasant photos and videos to cherish for my lifetime.

Must visit for all age groups when you are in Hyderabad. Please experience this experience for the experience sake. Please walk up to the end of the Palace where you can see classical old cars.
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Vikas Doijode

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  • Vikas Doijode
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 photo
  • 1 Review
  •  1446 readers

"A place for art & history lovers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 23, 2015
You can take a half day tour around this palace and some glimpse of Nizam's lifestyle. The architectures are point of attraction and nice environment inside.
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Madhura Banerjee

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  • Madhura Banerjee
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 8 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  4415 readers

"Excellent maintained palace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 14, 2015
Chowmahalla is a delight to see, right after you see Charminar! The beautifully manicured gardens, intricately designed structures leave you spell-bound. I especially loved the firearms gallery and their vintage cars on show. Don't miss the silver patterned ornately designed Rolls-Royce for sure!
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  • 2 votes

Santhosh Wilson

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  • Santhosh Wilson
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 178 photos
  • 37 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  16058 readers

"Exquisite buildings"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2015
The exquisitely designed yellowish mansions of the Chowmahalla Palace complex are worthy attractions for history buffs. The four palaces, from which it got the name Chowmahalla form a vast complex. The palace is the former official residence of the Nizams of the erstwhile Hyderabad state. There is a collection of vintage cars, the vehicles used by the former Nizam. Though photography is allowed on payment, they didn't permit it some specific spots in the palace. The palace is closed on Fridays.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Rizwanuddin Rafiq
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 5388 photos
  • 666 Reviews
  •  12440 helpful votes
  •  257244 readers

"Asaf Jahi Seat Of Dynasty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 24, 2015
One must visit to see the unique and elegance Of Famous Palace, in its own style, I am sure it will be worth to visit. Very carefully this complex is restored as it has the mixed architectural styles. This is The most Elegance Asaf Jah seat of Dynasty, where all important guests were entertained, were Officials and Royal. This Palace is opened for Corporate s and Individuals for hosting events, also for film makers.
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  • 12 votes


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  • Dalui
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 55 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  66 helpful votes
  •  7343 readers

"Beautiful Palace"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 21, 2015
It is located very near to Charminar. It is the palace of the Nizams. The palace is very neat, clean and well-maintained. Lovely place to get history buff.
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  • 54 votes

Robin Aggarwal

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  • Robin Aggarwal
  • Lives in Pune
  • 75 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
  •  33496 readers

"Vintage cars and museums"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 12, 2015
Lot of museums and well maintained palace. Nearby Charminar. Some is not for visitors. Check vintage cars display. Can be a boring place for people who don't like historical stuff.
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