The Chowmahalla Palace in the centre of Hyderabad city is a glistening piece of historical architecture. Chowmahalla literally translates to ‘four palaces’ and all cultural ceremonies and events that were hosted by the Nizams of the city were held here.
12 acres of the restored property is divided into the Northern and the Southern Courtyard. This palace has much to see which would amount to a half-day of easy exploration, though the sheer splendour of the Durbar Hall is probably the most awe-inspiring.
The grand Durbar Hall nests in the Khilwat Mubarak, the heart of this grandiose structure. Takht-e-Nishan in the Durbar Hall, is the royal seat which is adorned by the 19 chandeliers made of Belgian crystal. The balconies in the floor above were reserved for the ladies of the palace, who attended the ceremonies in purdah.