Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad

The Chowmahalla Palace or literally “4 palace” was the residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad. This palace complex served a ceremonial role including coronations and state banquets. The palace is said to be modeled after the palace of the Shah of Iran. This particular palace was built in 1750.

Khilawat Mubarak or Grand Hall
The grand hall, adorned with crystal chandeliers
The long red carpet corridors above the grand hall
A Belgian crystal glass chandelier in the grand hall (Khilawat Mubarak)
A chandelier against a beautifully decorated door
Details of the ceiling in the grand hall of Chowmahalla Palace

As a first time visitor to Chowmahalla, I was impressed by the grandeur of this palace, immaculately maintained grounds and buildings, and tremendous opportunities for photography. Needless to say I shall be visiting there again on my next trip to Hyderabad.

A front view of the Khilawat Mubarak
Technical Details

All pictures from a Nikon D80 camera fitted with a Tamron 18-250mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens. Photographs processed in Adobe Lightroom and NIK software suite. Larger versions of the photographs are available from my flickr page.

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3 thoughts on “Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad”

  1. Nice capture J! Do they allow you to go the side galleries? Looks like the pic of the grand hall and the full chandelier is from one of the side windows. In many places they do not allow visitors in the side galleries because they do not have enough staff to watch over those places. Often there is equally interesting stuff along these galleries.

    1. Yes.. Here you can take a tour of the gallery and get a view of the hall below. The gallery was opulent, with paintings and other objects displayed.
      I recommend a visit here if you’re in Hyderabad next. Ticketed but worth it.

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