I had quite forgotten that the remaining part of our Hyderabad City sojourn was yet to be told. So let me start where Part I left off….
After a drive-around of the Mozamjahi Market, Mecca Masjid and Charminar, the next stop was the world-famous Salar Jung Museum. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts by a single person – Mir Yousuf Ali Khan also known as Salar Jung III. It has several rooms holding various articles of interest of which the most notable ones are the galleries of Indian Art, Ivory, Furniture, Arms n’ Armaments, Metal ware, European arts, Toys, Eastern Porcelain works, Jade, Marble Sculptures and of course, the Clock room. The most popular view-piece of the Museum was the 100 year old clock, which has an intricate mechanism by which a small man comes out of a hidden door and strikes at a small gong with his hammer at every hour. We watched the clock strike 10 and then moved off to view the various galleries. The other popular items on display included the statue of Vieled Rebecca – which is intricately sculpted from a single piece of marble and even the veil was carved out of the marble itself. Stunning! Another attraction was the wooden statuette aptly named the Double-faced statue.It depicts a bearded man from the front and a lady at the back, which is visible via a mirror on the wall. Roaming through the entire museum would atleast require an entire day but we were made to scuttle through it within a mere one hour 👿
Next stop was the Chowmohalla Palace which was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty of Hyderabad and was the official residence of the Nizam. Located over on what is called the Old City, Chowmohalla palace still exudes some old-world charm. It is named thus because of the four (chow) palaces (mahals) that are housed within its boundaries. The four palaces are named Afzal Mahal, Mahtab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal and Aftab Mahal but only Mahtab mahal and Aftab Mahal are open for public view. The palaces are maintained in the same way as the Nizams used to, so one can see the grand Durbar Hall with its grandiloquent chandeliers, the residential quarters which include the bedrooms, living rooms, prayer hall, common hall, guest room and the office of the Nizams. Unfortunately, Cameras aren’t allowed into the palace so we don’t have any photographic memories of the wonderful palace.
After all the walking around the Museum and the Palace, we were kinda tired and sapped outta energy. So we were thankful that the next stop was some distance away so that we can catch our breath back and also catch up on some sleep during the journey 😛 For the record, the next stop was the Zoo Park. But more on that in my next post….
See the photos of our sojourn here.