Friday, February 11, 2011







  • Hyderabad is a city with a history that reads like a love story and a past that sounds like a fairy tale. The rule of the Nizams fills pages and pages of this history with a legendary patronage of arts, architecture and science. One monument that in its intrinsic grandeur still exudes the power of yore is the CHOWMAHALLA PALACE. (Chow means four. And Mahal means Palace. Chow-Mahalla therefore means four palaces).  

  • The sheer magnificence of the place is breath-taking. The Courtyard where parties can be held, is a vast expanse of lush green lawns and picturesque water tanks and fountains.And now for the details of what the Palace Authorities can do to make your party one of the most talked about events in town.

  • It was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty, where the Nizam entertained his official guests and royal visitors. Initiated in 1750 by Nizam Salabat Jung and designed along the lines of the Shah's palace in Isfahan, this actually consists of a group of palaces each used as a Durbar Hall. It has now been aesthetically renovated and is also venue for conferences.

  • Built over 200 years ago, Chowmahalla is renowned for its unique style and elegance.A synthesis of many architectural styles and influences, the Palace Complex has been meticulously restored.

  • While Nizam Salabhat Jung is credited with initiating the construction of the palace complex in 1750, it was Nizam Afzar-ud-Dawla Bahadur who ensured that it was completed between 1857 and 1869.

  • Extending from the Laad Bazaar on the north to the Aspan Chowk Road on the south, the palace originally covered 45 acres but regretably only 12 acres remain.

  • The Chowmahalla complex which is a replica of the Shah’s Palace in Teheran, Iran today consists of two courtyards with elegant palaces, the grand Khilwat (the Durbar Hall), fountains and gardens.


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