Here’s Why Chowmahalla Palace Is A Gem Of A Place To Explore Architecture
Architecture ni explore chesevallaki adi oka heaven. History ante pranam ane vallaki adi oka lively home. Wanderlust ani tag unna prati okkaru Hyderabad vasthe chudalsina places lo it tops the list. Hyderabad Old City lo unna houses lo kalisipoyi untundi. 7 rulers … Hyderabad ni 2 Centuries (till 1947) varaku ee place nunche rule chesaru ante evaruu nammaremo. Adhe Chowmahalla Palace. Eee palace gurinchi telsukovalante mundu Nizams yokka origins gurinchi telsukovali.
Origins of Nizam :
15th Century first quarter lo Mughals came to India. Mughals have origins in Central Asia. Mughals rule chesina time lo appati Deccan region ki incharge gaa unna oka Viceroy founded the Asaf Jahi Dynasty. Hyderabad ni rule chesina Nizam-ul-Mulk belongs to the Asaf Jahi Dynasty. Asaf Jahi dynasty started by Nizam-ul-Mulk himself as Asaf Jah I and it went on upto Asaf Jah VII. Paina cheppina ah 7 rulers come under his inheritance.
History of Palace :
Eee palace construction 1750s lo start cheste, it ended in between 1850s, meanwhile 5 Nizams ruled the city. Chowmahalla name ni Urdu lo split cheste, “Chow” means “Four“, “Mahalla” means “Palace“. Chowmahalla palace is a combination of 4 buildings in 4 directions within a huge area of 52 acres. Andulo “Khilwat Mubarak” is the most important one. Nizams andaru ah palace nunche entire Hyderabad ni rule chesaru for 200 years. And Hyderabad is the most richest, prosperous and outstanding state in the entire India at that time.
Asala Asaf Jahis Hyderabad ni entha ela teerchi didhaaru ante, Art, Culture and Literature ki they gave very high importance, that made Hyderabad have its own Army, its own Airline, its own Tele Communication System, its own Currency, its own Radio Broad casting service, its own Postal system and its own Railway Network.
Palace Orientation :
Old city lo Charminar pakkane (1.9 km) unna eee Palace lo enter avvagane manaki kanipinchedi Khilwat Mubarak ane building. Ah architecture ki noru vellabettukoni ala lopaliki vellagane aa hanging Chandeliers chusi manaki matalu ravu.
Nizams used to held most of their meetings in nights. So, night time eee Chandeliers ni veliginchevaaru. General ga ala veliginchagane smoke vasthundi. But Nizams made their palace so special that they imported these special type of Chandeliers from Belgium and Central Asia. Ivi smoke raavu and they used to glow for hours continuously. 4 Palaces lo okko palace ki okko colour chandeliers undevi. Okkokkati okko colour, the colour which the palace belongs to. Okko mahal lo eee chandeliers ni clean chesi, maintain cheyyadaniki there used to be 40 employees.
Khilwat palace nunchi bayatiki vasthe, oka beautiful water lake lanti storage okati kanipistundi. Ah water lake ki rendu vaipulaa oka series of buildings untaay. Okati kadhu, rendu kadhu, ah corridor lo nadiche kodhii manaki ee guest rooms kanipistaayi. Foreign nunchi India lo trade kosam ani vachina vallaki Nizam kings vaatilone accommodation provide chesevaallanta.
Clock Tower :
Chowmahalla Palace ki unna inkoka main attraction enti ante akkadunna Clock Tower. Chuttu pakkala towns nundi vache merchants, traders andaruu ee clock tower nunche time set cheskunevaallanta. The hard to believe but the beautiful thing is, it is still in running condition. 1960s varaku idhe Palace ki main entrance ga undedi.
The Buggie Khana :
Nizams ki automobiles ante entha istamo teledu kani, akkada vallu vaadina Harley Davidson bikes and Rolls Royce cars chuste manaki mathi pothadi. Appatlo 60 cars maintain chesevaru garage lo…very very important meetings ki matrame Rolls Royce ni teekellevaranta. Ala 100 years lo ah Rolls Royce car only 370 kms ae tirigindanta.
Ah 60 vehicles ki spare parts and petrol kosam oka year ki 45000 pounds (40 lakhs nearly) karchupettevaru. Eee buggie khana lo manam automobiles ee kakunda beautiful horse carts( Carriages ) kanipistaayi. Edaina museum ki velthe, maha ithe akkadunna old photos lo chustam emo, but ikkada lively ga chudachu. Okko Carriage (Horse or Man drawn vehicle) ithe 8 feet untundi.
How the glory of Palace is brought back :
1973 year lo, nearly 476 legal heirs and 1,945 descendants of all the Nizams, claimed about inheritance and filed many suits for occupying the palace. Ah situation ni control cheyyadaniki ah palace lo unna properties anni Nizam started selling them and giving them to 54 different trusts. Alaa 1967 nunchi 2001 varaku….ala ala Chowmahalla Palace 54 acres nunchi 13 acres ki vachesindi.
Ala nirmanushyam ga unna palace loki 1967 lo evaraina adugu pedite…..katthulatho nindipoyi… seal chessina rooms, 8000 dinner sets, more than a 5000 photographs, French Champagne bottles, corridors podugunaa egurutunna silk clothes, collapse avthunna ceilings, rotten smell tho unna floors anni kanipinchevi.
Okappudu 6000 employees tho, 3000 Arab Body Guards tho unna ee palace, 1948 tarwata nunchi dadhaapu 40+ years vaaduka lekunda poyindi. Ante nearly half century annamata. Appudu Turkish Princess Ezra ani 8th Nizam’s wife made a great attempt and made this palace re-born into its original beauty. Ala 2005 kalla palace ki malli Original look vachindi.
How to go :
Hyderabad lo Koti nunchi “8” number bus ekkithe direct ga 15 minutes lo Charminar daggara digachu, Charminar nunchi walkable distance lo Chowmahalla Palace untundi. Inkem…. eee weekend motham Palace ni explore cheyyadaniki mee back packs ready cheskondi…….
Konni places lo konni cultures matrame chala years untaayi. Hyderabad is a mixture of Persian-Central Asian – Indian cultures. Meku telise untundi kadha….Hyderabad motham oka laa unte, only Charminar, Chowmahalla Palace unna Old City area matram vere laa untundi. That’s the beauty of it. You just can’t come out of its essence for a few days after visiting it. Instead of making a hurry burry visit or instead of making it a picnic place, do visit with your soul and this palace will satisfy your self-exploration to the core.
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