Falaknuma Palace stands majestically on a 2000-foot-high hill at Hyderabad. This palace is sure to take you back to Nizam Era, to its glamour and luxurious living.
Falaknuma Palace was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra. With the construction laid out in 1884, it took almost 9 years to complete the construction of the palace. One of the popular tourist spots of Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace was later purchased by Nizam VI in 1897. The palace served as a royal guest house to him.
Constructed over an area of 32 acres and approximately 2,000 feet above Hyderabad, the Falaknuma Palace has been constructed with Italian marble. Built by an Italian architect, the palace is one of the architectural wonders of 19th century and is often referred as "mirror of the sky".
With interiors decorated lavishly, the palace has close to 220 rooms and 22 halls, each designed beautifully. One of the most captivating features of this palace is its innumerable Venetian chandeliers; their exquisite beauty and large size alluring every visitor. The palace represents the glamour of Nizam era and its carefully designed architectural beauty.
It is said that Nizam was an ardent traveller who used to love collecting souvenirs from places around the world. This is one of reasons why Falaknuma Palace houses such a rich collection. Not only chandeliers Taj Falaknuma Palace boasts of marble staircase, carved balustrades, huge library and unique collection of the Holy Quran. Along with this, the rosewood dining table of the palace with a capacity of hosting 100 guests at a time is also worth noticing. The Nizam also treasured massive collections of rare paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books. The Jade collection of the Falaknuma Palace is famous all over the world. Gardens, Mughal, Japanese and Rajasthani here at the palace are also exceptional.
Although Taj Falaknuma Palace is one of the most important places to visit in Hyderabad, it is not open for general public. If interested in visiting you can book a day tour, Nizam Palaces Tour by Telangana Tourism. Visitors are taken to Falaknuma for tea in evening where they can also see this captivating palace. The tour also includes lighting at Golconda Fort and Chowmahalla Palace.
You need not worry about Falaknuma Palace timings and entry fee as these are taken care in the tour itself. It is usually organised on Saturday and Sunday. If interested, travellers can also stay at the palace and explore its exotic and intricate beauty at leisure, while enjoying the lavish comfort of their stay.
This Palace was taken over by Taj Group and has been opened as 5-star hotel in the year of 2010. Now it is popularly known as the Taj Falaknuma Palace. The hotel is consisted of 60 spacious guestrooms offering all the visitors with a royal experience. The hotel not just offers grand staying opportunities but also has a tea room, hookah lounge and two restaurants for everyone.