Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad

About the Resort

Built in 1894, it took ten years and four million rupees for its magnificent, physical evolution in the shape of a scorpion. Designed by British architect William MardMarret, the Palace took a rumoured 22 years to perfect and has been owned in turn by Sir Vicar-Ul-Umra, PM of the State of Hyderabad, NizamMahboob Ali Pasha and Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur.

Falaknuma Palace is also known as the 'mirror of the sky' because at 2000 feet, it was built in the clouds and reflects the ever-changing moods of the sky. Set in 32 acres of land and spread over 19400 square meters, the Palace was commissioned by Sir NawabVikar-UlUmra, a Hyderabadi nobleman from the Paigah family. Each was the ruler of their own court, built their own breathtaking palaces and each commanded their own private army. It caught the eye of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, Mahbub Ali Pasha, Sir Vikar's brother-in-law, who was rumoured to be so smitten by the Palace that Sir Vikar, his prime minister, had no choice but to succumb to time-honoured tradition and offer it as a gift or 'nazar'.

Bought over in 1895 and used as the residence of Nizam VI until 1911, Falaknuma Palace later went on to be used as a royal guesthouse for dignitaries, including free India's first President Dr.Rajendra Prasad who availed of its famed, lavish hospitality in 1951. The echoes of visiting European monarchs, the Duke of Windsor, heads of state and distinguished governors can still be heard in this newly refurbished inner sanctum of Hyderabad. Since 1995, The Taj Group of Hotels has sensitively restored the palace not only to accommodate the privileged in 60 glamorous rooms and suites, but also to accommodate the extravagance of the 'then'with all the comfort of the 'now'.

Accommodation details

60 stunning guestrooms and suites, influenced by decades of signature luxury and excess. Her Highness Princess Ezra's personal touches to the restoration of some of these rooms allow you to experience indulgence in its most unapologetic form. This is how the Nizams lived and ruled and, embedded in its richness and its decadence, is a journey worth repeating time and time again.

Activities

William Ward Marret didn't just design a Palace, he created a space dedicated to the art of perfecting pleasure. Where billiards rooms, smoking rooms, pools, ballrooms, croquet lawns, private gardens, a dining room to seat 101 guests at the world's largest dining table, a library, turret rooms, stables, terraces with views of the city, a private petrol pump and royal garages filled with a fleet of vintage cars serve to be just some of the known pleasures and comforts of this sumptuous royal abode. With many secrets still hidden within the undulating folds of 32 acres of land, we urge you to make your own discoveries during your stay at TajFalaknuma Palace.

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