Holiday in Hyderabad March2018

Picture above shows the front of Koti Mansion.

Koti Residency or British Residency is an opulent mansion built by James Achilles Kirkpatrick who was British Resident of Hyderabad state between 1798–1805. It is located in the Hyderabad suburb of Koti.

James Kirkpatrick built the mansion for himself and his Indian wife Khair un Nissa, who bore him two surviving children who were sent to England by the age of five and never saw them again due to the early deaths of their parents.

The mansion is huge and grand. The building was at one time the embassy of the East India Company to the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the residence of James Kirkpatrick, the British Resident, as well as his successors. Within its compound there were several quarters, including a zenana (women's quarters) where Khair un Nissa lived and a small graveyard.

Picture above shows part of the graveyard behind Koti Mansion.

The Chowmahala Palace
Chowmahalla is a palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad state and is located in the old city near the Charminar. It was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while they ruled their state.

All ceremonial functions including the accession of the Nizams and receptions for the Governor-General were held at this palace.

In the first half of 19th century the Nizam of Hyderabad was the richest man on the planet. In addition to several palaces he used to buy Rolls Royce cars six at a time, the majority were special order the most famous of them was the throne car, domed roof in the back so he could be transported around sat on his special throne. The throne car has recently been restored and is now displayed behind glass. To date the car has done less than 600miles.

Our hotel in Hyderabad, The Taj Krishna.

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