Palaces in Hyderabad

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Palaces in Hyderabad

The city of Nawabs is rich in history and full of bygone-era palaces in Hyderabad to serve as evidence of that rich past. The Nawabs of Hyderabad led a joyous and extravagant life filled with cultural artefacts - none as grand or artistic as the palaces that they stayed in. The Government of India plays a significant role in the restoration and maintenance of these heritage buildings. The Government of India helps in keeping the vast and complex history of the Hyderabad state alive and functioning by making sure most of the palaces are in use or converted to museums for commercial use.

Here is the list of 13 Palaces in Hyderabad

1. Chowmahalla Palace

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Once the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, the Chowmahalla Palace was built in Hyderabad between the years 1857 and 1869. In essence, Chowmahalla can be literally translated to mean 'Four Palaces'. The magnificent monument consists of two massive courtyards as well as a grand dining hall known as 'Khilawat'.

2. Taj Falaknuma Palace

Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad is perched around 2000 metres above the city. Once the royal residence of Nizam- probably the richest man in the world, the palace has now been converted into a five star luxury heritage hotel. Reverberating with sheer opulence and elegance, the palace treats all its guests like royalty.

3. Asmangadh Fort

Asmangadh Fort or Asmangadh Palace is situated in Hyderabad. The name literally translates to "home in the sky" because the palace was situated on a hill top. Lately, it has been converted into a school for children, called the St. Joseph's Public School.

4. Malwala Palace

Malwala Palace is an 18th century historical monument located on the Moghalpura, Hyderabad. The ancient structure boasts of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles and has special imported teak wood furniture.

5. Purani Haveli

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Purani Haveli is an integral part of the heritage and ethos of the city of Hyderabad is Displaying some of the most exquisite forms of craftsmanship, Purani Haveli was a palace in Hyderabad which was originally built to serve as the home to the Peshwa of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, Mir Momen. Today, Purani Haveli is undeniably one of the significant parts of Hyderabad's golden era and is known for its remarkable exhibits of artwork and talent and functions as a museum.

6. Hill Fort Palace

A vestigial part of Hyderabad, the Hill Fort Palace was built by Nawab Sir Nizamat Jung in 1915. After serving as his residence for 15 long years, the Palace was purchased by Asaf Jah VII for his son. Since then, it has functioned as the official residence of the chairman of City Improvement Board. Between the years 1980 - 1997 it was leased to The Ritz Hotel. Currently, it is in near need of restoration.

7. Errum Manzil

Currently holding offices of Engineers-in-chief and the Chief Engineers of the Roads and Buildings and Irrigation/ Command Area Development Departments of Hyderabad, the Errum Manzil was constructed in 1870 by Nawab Safdar Jung Musheer-ud-doula Fakhrul Mulk. The palace in Hyderabad was painted red as it is situated on the hillock named Erragadda that means "red hill" in the Tamil language. Errum Manzil is a Baroque style architectural marvel that reminds one of the past Nawab heritage of Hyderabad.

8. King Kothi Palace, Hyderabad

Built in the European style by Kamal Khan, this was his residence that soon became home to the then ruler of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan who lived in this palace from 1911 to 1967. This palace in Hyderabad had the initials KK carved after Kamal Khan's name which was then modified to King Kothi to benefit the ruler. The palace has three significant buildings - a governmental hospital occupies the western half, the eastern part is still the residential property of the, and the third building was demolished in the 1980s.

9. Jubilee Hall, Hyderabad

The Jubilee was constructed under the rule of Asaf Jah VII. It served as the palace in which the silver jubilee function of his coronation took place, hence the name. Built-in Indo - Persian style, it now serves as the location for Government conferences and occasions. A high stage like a throne was also constructed for the ruler in the shape of a crown. It is one of the architectural marvels from the age of Nawabs in Hyderabad.

10. Bella Vista, Hyderabad

Muslehuddin Mohammed Chief Justice of the High Court of Hyderabad and constructed Bella Vista, overlooking the Hussain Sagar lake, under the influence of French architecture in the year 1905. It served as his residence from 1905 to 1914 and then was purchased by Asaf Jah VII in 1917. Currently, it serves as the official residence of Administrative Staff College of India.

11. Mahbub Mansion, Hyderabad

Located in the Malakpet region of Hyderabad, the Mahbub Mansion, in classic European and Mughal style, was built in 1902 and named after the sixth Nizam, Asaf Jah VI who frequently visited the palace in Hyderabad. Currently, the castle needs intervention, and the palace grounds serve as the hosting space for the spices market of Osman Gunj.

12. Basheer Bagh Palace, Hyderabad

Built by Sir Asman Jah in 1880, the Basheer Bagh Palace in Hyderabad was renowned all over the city for its magnificent architecture and interior prowess. The State Government dismantled it. It is also famous for being the house of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan - a great classical Hindu vocalist - during his last years.

13. Paigah Palace, Hyderabad

The beautiful and magnificent architecture of Paigan Palace was built by Nawab Viqar ul-Umra in 1900. It currently functions as the residence of the Consulate General of the US in Hyderabad. The architecture is built in neo-classic style, a two-storeyed building with high walls and deep verandahs everywhere. It is an excellent example of reusing old heritage property of the princes of India by the Government after Independence.

Stop by at any of these palaces to really grasp the essence of a city dipped in historical fervour and moving towards urban exposure. The Palaces in Hyderabad are majestic and purposeful and rich in taste and architect that giving them a miss would surely be like not getting to eat the last of chocolate in the cone!

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