Chowmahalla Palace is a beautiful Nizam palace built during mid 19th century. It is a large palace covering 45 acres of land.
The Chowmahalla Palace has two courtyards which are divided into the northern courtyard and the southern courtyard. The southern courtyard of the palace has four palaces which are namely Afzal Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, and Aftab Mahal. The Aftab Mahal is a two storied building and is the biggest of all the four. The northern courtyard which has been open to public, houses Bara Imam, a long corridor with many rooms on the eastern side, which was once the administrative wing.
The best part of the palace is as the grand Durbar hall. At its peak of prominence, the palace has around 7000 attendants on any given day. For its grandeur and charm, it has been often compared to the Enchanted Gardens of the Arabian Nights for its grandeur.
There was once a huge water fountain in front of the palace, with artistically carved pillars is the first thing to offer a peek into the architectural excellence.
The palace has some special pieces of art in display like crockery, clothes, furniture, coins and currency notes, pictures from the Nizam era, etc. are sure to keep you engaged. One can also find display of weapons, vintage cars and bugees.