It is listed in one of the primary tourist attractions in Hyderabad. It is the palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad. In Urdu, Hindi Char means four, and even in Persian, Chahar means four and in Urdu and Hindi Mahal means palaces, hence the name Chowmahalla/four palaces. The prestigious UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit award for cultural heritage conservation was presented to Chowmahalla Palace on 15 March 2010.
Here are some interesting facts about this historic place.
6. A 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost car of the Nizam is on display in the sourthern courtyard. The Rolls Royce Silver Ghost car of the Nizam was made to order in 1911 with many special features. The original body was painted in rich canary yellow with gold mountings and later re-bodied to reflect a 1930’s style. All the body hardware, lights and roof dome with its fleur-de-lys pattern were finished in silver.
9. The clock above the main gate to Chowmahalla Palace has been ticking away for around 250 years. The people of the locality wait for its chimes and correct their own watches by the accuracy of this clock’s timing
11. In the northern courtyard is the Khilwat Mubarak, a magnificent durbar hall which houses exhibitions of photos, arms and clothing. This part of the palace has Bara Imam, a long corridor of rooms on the east side facing the central fountain and pool that once housed the administrative wing. Opposite to the Bara Imam is Shishe-Alat, a building that is its ‘shishe’ or mirror image.