Chowmahalla palace stands as a token of pride and legacy of the Nizam rulers. This piece of architectural legacy was built in the fifty century by fifth Nizam, Afzar-ud-Daulah.
Chowmahalla literally translates to four palaces in Urdu. The palace was renovated by the state government back in 2005, and it has been open to tourists ever since then.
The fundamental structure of the Chowmahalla palace consists of two courtyards, namely Northern courtyard and southern courtyard. The southern courtyard consists of four palaces, Afzal Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, Mahtab Mahal and Aftab Mahal. Aftab Mahal is a two-storied building and is also the biggest of the lot.
The heart of the palace is called Khilwat Mubarak, and the grandeur of the Darbar is considered as a major tourist attraction.
It is said that Chowmahalla palace had 7000 attendants on any given day and was often compared to widely famous gardens of Arabian nights.
The water fountain is the first piece of architectural brilliance that we get to see as soon as we enter the palace and what folks later is a delightful blend of Indian and Persian architecture.
One can visit Chowmahalla palace six days a week with Friday being a holiday. It is open for tourists from 10 AM – 5 PM. It would roughly take three to four hours to tour the entire palace. The entry fee for an Indian adult is 50 rupees and 10 rupees for children under 12 years. Foreigners will have to pay a fee of 200 rupees per person. Also, you are charged 50 rupees for still photography and 100 rupees for videography