The palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad state; the Chowmahalla Palace is a definite must-visit attraction for all. Built over 200 years ago in several phases between 1857-1869 by the Nizams of Hyderabad; as their official residence, the Chowmahalla Palace complex was built as a replica of the Shah of Iran's palace in Tehran. This recently refurbished palace has a unique mix of Moghul and European styles. The complex consists of two beautiful courtyards, fountains, gardens and the Grand Khilwat, Durbar Hall; a grand pillared hall. This regal hall is home to 19 spectacular Belgian and European crystal chandeliers that are sure to leave visitors in awe.
Indian: Rs 40 Foreigners: Rs 150
Around an hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The stunning Belgian and European crystal chandeliers, the Clock Tower, Durbar Hall
The Chowmahalla Palace is not known to have any prayer facilities, but Muslim tourists can ask to be directed to the nearest mosque. The city of Hyderabad has several mosques that are frequented by its locals and visitors. Muslim visitors must also make it a point to visit the Makkah Masjid; which is one of the largest mosques in India, when in Hyderabad.
While there are no eateries in the Chowmahalla Palace complex, there are numerous Halal restaurants in the city of Hyderabad at which Muslims can dine. There are also a plethora of street food carts that serve a fantastic selection of delicious Indian dishes. Visitors must make it a point to try out some of the items from these food carts.