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iXiGOers Mar 08 2013

What is unique about Chowmahalla Palace and how to best experience it?

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Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat (4 Palaces), was a palace belonging to the Nizams of Hyderabad State.  It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the officiaql residence of the Nizam. 

In Persian, Chahar means four and in Arabic Mahalat (plural of Mahal) means palaces, hence the name Chowmahallat/four palaces, or four palaces.  All ceremonial functions including the accession of the Nizams and receptions for the Governor-General were held at this place.  While Salabat Jung initiated its constructyion in 1750, it was completed by the period of Afzal ad-Dawlah, Asaf Jah V, the V Nizam ensured its completion between 1857 and 1869. 

It is believed to be modelled on Shah of Iran's palace in Tehran.  The place is unique for its style and elegance.  Building of the palace began in late 18th century and over the decades a synthesis of many architectural styles and influences emerged.  This palace consists of two courtyards.  Southern courtyard and northern courtyard.  They have elegant palaces, the grand Khilwat (the Durbar Hall), fountains and gardens.

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