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Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallat (4 Palaces), was a palace belonging to the Nizams of Hyderabad state. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizam. It is situated just behind the Mecca Masjid near Charminar at the heart of Old Hyderabad.

In urdu, Chow means four and Mahalat (plural of Mahel) means palaces, hence the name Chowmahallat/four palaces.

The place in the snap is the heart of Chowmahalla Palace called Khilwat Mubarak. I took it from Art Gallery which is in the first floor.

Khilwat Mubarak is held in high esteem by the people of Hyderabad, as it was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. The grand pillared Durbar Hall has a pure marble platform on which the Takht-e-Nishan or the royal seat was laid. Here the Nizams held their durbar and other religious and symbolic ceremonies.

(Part of the notes is taken from Wiki)

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