The states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have a fair share of palaces characterized by their elegance and grandeur. Some of the palaces that you should not miss when traveling in these states are:
Falakuma Palace, a well-known attraction in Hyderabad, is about four kilometers from Charminar. In Urdu means “mirror of the sky”, the palace is 2000 feet high on a hill in Falaknuma. It was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra and designed by an Italian architect in a mix of Italian and Tudor styles. The pristine white marble on the outside, the lush interiors and the stained glass windows with a rainbow of colors testify to the Nawabs’ renown. The palace is a vast expanse of 32 acres built in the shape of a scorpion with its two scales spread to the north. The central part has the main building with Gol Bangla, Zenana Mahal and the royal kitchen and the south has the Haremsviertel. A carved walnut library replicating the Windsor Castle Library has an impressive collection of the Holy Quran.
The Chowmohalla Palace is located in the old town of Hyderabad southwest of Charminar. This group of four palaces called Khilwat, Tahniyat Mahal, Aftab Mahal and Durbar Hall was built by Asaf Jahis. The monument shows the influences of the Shah Palace in Tehran. Built in a neoclassical style, the palace impresses with its Moghul domes, arches and ornate stuccoes.
Asman Garh Palace:
Influenced by the castles of Europe, AsmanGarh Palace was built by Sir AsmanJah of the Paigah clan in Hyderabad. “Asman Garh” means one of the most beautiful places in the world. The structure has granite turrets and the magnificent structure of the Nizams. The palace was later the Birlas, who used it as an archaeological museum. It is currently for rent by a public school.
Chandragiri Fort and Palace is 11 km from Tirupati, in Chandragiri, the fourth capital of Vijayanagarakingdom. The Raja Mahal Palace in the Fortress is a fine example of the Indo-Sarcen architecture of the Vijayanagara Empire and was built with bricks, stones and lime mortar. It is now an archaeological museum.