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Falaknuma Palace

Falaknuma Palace



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The one of the grandest palaces of Hyderabad the Falaknuma palace spread over an area of about 32 acre was constructed by Navab Vikar-ul-Umra, prime minister of the city at those times. Later Nizam 6 in 1897 had purchased the palace and used it as his royal guest house. Falaknuma refers to ‘like the Sky’ or ‘Mirror of the Sky’ is the lavish palace of the city that is situated about 5 km. from Charminar and is the only grand seven star hotels in India. However, after providing its royal services to nobles, officials and dignitaries, the Falaknuma palace had loss its charm after 1950s, when the Nizam had left the palace, the last guest who stayed in the palace was the first President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad in 1951.


The grand Falaknuma palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. The design work for this grand palace has been started by an English architect and on March 3rd 1884 the basic foundation for the construction was laid by H.E. Sir Vicar -Ul -Umra-Bahadut; the total construction was completed only after 9 years. Sir Vicar has monitored the entire work closely at the Falaknuma palace; it is made up of totally with Italian marble and covers an area of 93,971 sq met.

The mesmerizing palace that looks like scorpion has two stings that are stretched out as wings facing north. A main building and the kitchen were occupied in the middle portion of the Falaknuma palace, while Gol Bangla, Zenana mehal, and harem quarters are spread to the south. The glass glazing windows in the palace forms a spectrum of colours that will be distributed beautifully into the rooms.

The prominent palaces of Hyderabad the Falaknuma palace is dotted with 220 grandly decorated rooms, 40 lavish Venetian Chandeliers lavish library and 22 spacious halls; it also houses some of the finest collection of paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books that are belong to Nizams. In the year 2000 Taj hotels started renovating the Falaknuma palace to a luxurious star hotel that was opened with new royal charm in November, 2010, the rooms and halls were restored with ornate furniture, Glittering Chandeliers, rich looking terrace, brocade from France and mesmerizing handcrafted tapestries