Falaknuma Palace Travel & Tours Guide

Location : Hyderabad, 5 km. from Charminar
Best Time to Visit : October to March
Unique Feature : Jade collection
Visiting : Occasion basis

One of the finest palace in Hyderabad, Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad, Hotel Hyderabad, Hotels In Hyderabad, dream tour, tour date Falaknuma Palace, located in Falaknuma, 5km.from Charminar, built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Ulmara, the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad.

An Italian architect was designed this palace and the foundation for the construction was laid on 3rd March 1884. Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad, Hotel Hyderabad, Hotels In Hyderabad, dream tour, tour date The palace took 9 years to complete the construction, totally made with Italian marble and it covers a total area of 9,39,712-sq-metre. It was purchased by Nizam VI in 1897 and was used as a royal guesthouse has a commanding view of the entire city. It was sure that the Falaknuma palace was gifted to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mehboob Ali Khan by the generous Nawab. Falaknuma houses a large collection of rare treasures collected by the Nizam including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books. The Jade collection of the Palace is considered to be unique in the world.

One of the highlight's of the palace is the state reception room, whose ceiling is decorated with frescoes and gilded relief's. The ballroom contains a two-ton manually operated organ said to be the only one of its kind in the world. Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad, Hotel Hyderabad, Hotels In Hyderabad, dream tour, tour date This apart the palace has as many as 220 lavishly decorated rooms and 22 spacious halls. The palace has some of the finest treasures collected by the Nizam.

The famed dining hall of the palace could seat 100 guests on a single table. The furniture is also very aesthetic. The chairs are carved rosewood with green leather upholstery. The tableware was made of gold and crystal to which fluted music was added. The ground floor of the palace houses the living quarters. The marbled staircase leads to the upper floor. It has carved balustrades which supports marble figures with candelabra at intervals. On the walls of the landing are excellent oil paintings of the Asaf Jahi family, past ministers and notable personages, the whole forming a very interesting historical picture gallery which adds greatly to the imposing effect of the staircase.

Since the palace was the private property of the Nizam family till very recently, visitors weren't allowed. Occasionally, however, the venue is opened for public view. The Taj group has taken over the palace now, and work is afoot to convert it to a 5-star hotel by the year 2001.

The most famous palace of Hyderabad, the Falaknuma Palace situated on a hill of 2000 feet high was built by Nawab Vikarul-Umra Bahadur, the Prime Minister of Hyderabad and a Paigah noble in1883-84. Located 4kms from the Charminar, the palace was purchased by Nizam VI in 1897 to be used as a royal guest house and has till now played host to luminaries like King George and Queen Mary, King Edward-VIII etc. Designed by an Italian architect, the palace took nine years to complete. Built entirely of Italian marble, the palace’s facade is reminiscent of European architecture.

Falaknuma Palace

Known for its lavishly decorated interiors, the palace is laid out in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings on the north. The middle part is occupied by the main building while the kitchen and harem quarters stretch out to the south. The interiors of the main building have an Italian marble staircase supporting marble figures and lined with portraits of British Governor Generals. The palace's glass stained windows throw a spectrum of colors into the rooms. The palace also houses an exciting collection of rare treasures - paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books collected by the Nizam from countries round the globe. The Jade as well as the crystal and gems collection of the Palace worth crores of rupees is considered to be unique in the world. The palace also has a library with a walnut carved roof, a replica of the one at Windsor Castle. The library had one of the finest collections of the holy Quran in India.

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