Chowmahalla Palace is located near the Charminar. The Asif Jahi dynasty made this palace as their seat. The official guests as well as royal visitors were entertained here. Salabat Jung in 1750 initiated its construction but it was completed in 1869 during the period of Nizams. Known for its unique style and elegance, the palace mainly comprises of two courtyards – southern courtyard and northern courtyard, featuring beautiful palaces, the grand Khilwat (the durbar hall), fountains and gardens.
The southern courtyard which consist four palaces Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal is the palace’s oldest part. It was built in the neo-classical style. Among the four palaces, Aftab Mahal is the grandest. This two-storied building constructed in European style is a beautiful palace to visit among the four palaces.
The northern courtyard of the palace features Mughal Domes and arches. This part consists of the Bara Imam, a long corridor of rooms at the east side which was once used as the administrative wing. Shishe-Alat, opposite to the Bara Imam was the guestroom for the officials. The Khilwat Mubarak is undoubtedly the heart of the Chowmahalla Palace. It was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty.
Chowmahalla Palace’s northern courtyard also has the Clock Tower, Council Hall and Roshan Bungalow. Roshan Bungalow was named after the sixth Nizam’s mother, Roshan Begum. The Council Hall houses the rare collection of manuscripts and priceless books of the Nizams. It is also the place where Nizam met important officials. Today, temporary exhibitions from the Palace collection also takes place here.
The palace was restored and opened to public in January 2005. After five years of documentation and restoration work, the first courtyard regained its former glory.