Chowmahalla Palace was the residence of Nizams of Asaf Jahi dynasty. It was built in AD 1857-1869. In Urdu, Chow means four and Mahalat (plural of Mahel) means palaces. Hence it is called as Chowmahalla palace meaning 4 palaces. The palace is designed in Mughal and Europen styles of architecture. Three of these palaces are single storeyed and the main palace is a double storeyed structure. Entry fee for Indian visitor is Rs. 30 and for International visitor is Rs. 150. Camera charge is RS. 50. Entry Timings are from: 10am -5pm. The palace is closed on Fridays and National Holidays. I found this written in a board over there:
The Chowmahalla palace was the seat of Asaf Jahi dynasty. While the Nizams themselves led simple lives, they entertained their official guests and royal guests with unparalleled hospitality. The venue they chose was in the heart of Hyderabad- the Chowmahalla Palace.
The first and the most splendid of the Asaf Jahi Palaces in Hyderabad, construction was begun in 1750 by Salabat Jung on a 45 acre site. Successive Nizams expanded the Chowmahalla complex to include several additional palaces.
With characteristic generosity, HEH Mukarram Jah Bahadur Asaf Jah VIII and princess Esra decided to restore the Chowmahalla Palace with the help of national and International experts. The palace opened it’s gates to visitors in January 2005.
You stand here today, a previleged guest, a palace that was accessible only to royalty and diplomats, witness to a bygone era.