Chowmahalla Palace
Chowmahalla Palace
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Charminar
Hyderabad’s most iconic architectural delight, Charminar is beyond just a popular monument. It’s the nucleus of the busiest and most vibrant lanes of the Old City studded with shops selling bangles and pearls. It can be too crowded and overwhelming, but to every tourist’s delight, the gems and hidden treasures in this neighbourhood are full of culturally rich stories. The best view of one of the city’s oldest mosques, Mecca Masjid is from the top of Charminar. It’s quite a usual sight of walking into a grey sea of pigeons with an aroma of meaty street food and melting dosas, as you are exploring the little pockets around this magnificent historic building. Walk along the streets that lead you to museums and palaces of the Nizams who ruled the city and soak up the old world charm in its truest character.
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  • Minal P
    Mumbai, India147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit place in Hyderabad
    This beautiful place has four palaces in its premises. The Khilawat palace is where former Nizam's used to hold their "Durbar". It is most specious palace adorned with huge crystal chandeliers. There is museum displaying antiques, crackeries, weapons of the their Era. Place is well preserved and nicely maintained. Their is vintage car collection, furniture, clothes etc on display in various parts of palace. You can also dress up in jewels and buy souvenirs from their in-house shop. It is closer to Charminar and a must visit place in Hyderabad.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 December 2023
  • asdaSap
    Bangkok, Thailand631 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good to visit.
    We hired a car with a driver and visited the palace as the first stop. We arrived there around 11 am on Wednesday. It was not busy. The walk was easy. There was only one building that we can enter. It was more like a museum display, telling a history of the dynasty reigned over the area for about 200 years. There were displays of chinaware, constumes, weapons, and photos taken. The best thing was to climb up the last bulding to view the reflection ponds. We sodnt around 1.5 hours. There was quite a small museum shop.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 December 2023
  • NomTumYum
    Singapore, Singapore332 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rundown, and poorly maintained but worth visiting
    It’s a pity that this place is poorly maintained. Not worth the admission fee BUT the place houses a lot of history and heritage. We enjoyed walking and looking at the artifacts though the exhibits were stored in rooms that were stuffy and dusty. A must go though manage your expectations- the building isn’t well maintained and everything seems to be falling apart.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 December 2023
  • Somersetspring
    Taunton, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Palace
    I spent a week in Hyderabad on my travels and Chowmohalla palace was recommended for a visit. It was a great day out and perfect for me. The building itself is superb and looks amazing from the outside. When you go in its even better. The detail in the carvings and the craftsmanship in the floors ceilings and walls is there to be admired. The artefacts are beautifully displayed whethr its the clothing they have preserved, the furniture or the weapons on display, a great deal of effort has been put in for the visitor to enjoy. Then of course there are the vintage cars and bikes - a real treat. Finally, the grounds are so good to walk around - although could do with a bit more shade. Overall this was a great visit. I recorded a bit on youtube @jerrymilton2024
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 March 2024
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Vikas Singh
Ghaziabad, India4,140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Cameras are now more allowed. They have stopped selling camera tickets. However you can take pictures with your mobile on purchase of a mobile photography ticket. There is a free locker service. In case you do not wish to pay for mobile photos or have accidentally brought your camera along you can deposit them in the locker.

Durbar Hall or Khilwat Mubarak

The heart of Chowmahalla Palace it was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. The grand pillared Durbar Hall has a pure marble platform on which the Takht-e-Nishan or the royal seat was laid. Here the Nizams held their durbar and other religious and symbolic ceremonies. On specific days of the year such as the Nizam’s birthday, Muharram and Eid, the British resident and dominion heads would present the nazr (an offering, usually of gold coins) as a mark of respect. Private celebrations and other public ceremonies such as Investiture were also done by the Nizam at this venue.
Written 17 October 2021
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Cat T
Peterborough, UK45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Would be a good place to stop for a few hours - rooms to wonder around, and a lawn to sit on. Beautiful perspectives. Once again we had fun being stopped by the other visitors to have our photo taken with them. An old collection of cars if that's of interest.
Just slightly frustrated with a £10 charge to use a "professional camera" (not paid). Someone needs to tell the Indian authorities that many professional photographers use their phones.
Written 3 February 2020
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Alia M
Cairo, Egypt11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Let me start by saying that it is a huge area to cover, so be ready to walk.

For car enthusiasts, there is a display of vintage cars previously owned by the previous residents.

For architecture enthusiasts, everything about this palace will awe you. Especially the details on the facade and ceilings.

The palace is made up of several buildings. Each building serves a purpose (i.e, dinning hall, residency, etc).

I reccommend stopping by the store inside, they have a beautiful selection of handmade products.

P.s, lookout for the doorless balcony.
Written 9 January 2020
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Aifaz
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Chowmahalla Palace is more beautiful than most historical buildings I have visited abroad. I had heard it was beautiful but did not think it would surprise me so much. Could not believe that such a beautiful architecture was tucked away in the heart of the city.Apart from the exotic beauty from the exterior, It also has an exotic collection of articles, furniture, pictures,Islamic handwritten scriptures, chandeliers, vintage cars and much much more. It also has a history of the contributions made to the country by the various Nizams of Hyderabad...
A must visit for sure❤️
Written 9 January 2020
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Global-Bhatakanti
Pune, India1,115 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Reviewed 11 Nov 2022
Chowmahalla Palace is now a restored monument of historical significance. Once it was one of the main residence of erstwhile king of Hyderabad, the Nijam. There is a small museum in the main palace (but if you have seen Salarjung Museum) you can skip this. The name stems from Chow (4) Mahal (palaces). The entry ticket is 50 for adults. There are toilets at the entrance.
Suggested Time to spend: 1 hour.
Can be covered as part of Hyderabad sightseeing day itinerary as: Salarjung Museum - Chowmahalla Palace - Charminar - Shopping.
Written 11 November 2022
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rd07
Noida, India129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I was recommended this palace by my driver, I had never visited this place despite being in Hyderabad many times. Its well preserved palace and kept pretty well. Its too hot to visit during day time as the whole palace is non airconditioned. you can walk to charminar from here or take an auto for 20 rupees.
Written 8 June 2022
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Mainak_Choudhuri
Mumbai, India44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Chowmahalla Palace was the primary residence of the Nizams. it is about 500 m walking distance from the Charminar along the New Laad Bazar Road. The entrance is from the side of the palace.

There is a large fountain in front of the palace. the main palace contains the coronation hall with the throne used by the last Nizam (VIIIth). Apart from the coronation hall, there are smaller rooms containing photographs, video, life history of the Nizams, two armor rooms, and a Quran room (need to take off your shoes to enter) in the ground floor, and three galleries containing the furniture, paintings and utensils of the Nizams in the first floor.

Behind it are four smaller structures on four sides of a central fountain, Tehniyat Mahal (closed for visit) Aftab Mahal, Afzal Mahal and Mehtal Mahal (closed for visit).

Behind these four mahals is the antique cars garage.

It takes about 2.5 hours to see the entire complex.

There are washrooms and drinking water at the entrance, and a shop selling some excellent books.
Written 3 April 2021
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Rahul2604
Muzaffarpur District, India32,420 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Former residence of Nizam,once the richest person on earth still very unmaintained,needs to do lots of efforts to maintain and refurbish.
It’s situated close to Charminar,ticket price is rs 100 for Indian.
This campus have multiple buildings but most of the buildings are closed for visitors,whatever is open is not maintained properly,even toilets were one of the dirtiest I had seen in any attractions in recent days,galleries doesn’t have proper signage about exhibits.
The vintage car gallery was best to see but even that is not properly maintained,few vehicles were like scrap,sad to see the conditions,very much disappointed.
Written 19 January 2023
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Karuna A
91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Walking through a Nizam's home, looking for snippets of what it must truly have been like to live there. A glimpse from their perspective.
I remember my grandmother telling me stories of the Nizam & his wife, his children. This visit for me was so much nostalgia for her.

The place is beautiful. its like a museum of so many ages of their lives. The grounds, the mosaic the chandeliers.
Their Rolls Royce & other cars.
Definitely a nice place to see.
Written 23 February 2022
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EASWARCHANDRAN P
Mumbai, India125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
Current Chowmahalla Palace is a restored monument which was once being used as the main residence of the king of Hyderabad called “NIZAMS”
It is a huge palace nicely maintained with surrounded by huge beautiful lawns etc.
There is a beautiful fountain in the middle of the lawn.
The Durbar Hall is the heart of Chowmahalla Palace.
This Darbar hall is huge with number of tall pillars, decorated ceilings, antique chandeliers.
In the centre of the hall there is marble platform on which the royal seat was being laid. The NIZAMS held their durbar here apart from other religious/ royal ceremonies by sitting on the platform.
The palace also exhibits many royal items such as weapons, cutleries, clothes, jewelleries, vintage cars which were being used by the royal family.
Further the life of the NIZAMS was being explained through number portraits on the palace walls.
Overall, one can enjoy the beautiful palace, lawns etc here.
Definitely it is worth seeing.
Written 6 July 2023
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