Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad - A Truly Marvelous Experience

A visit to the touristy spot like the Nehru Zoological Park filled great vigor in your body and mind. The next place in my agenda was the Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad and I was excited because I had heard a lot about it. It is one of the finest and most beautiful palaces in the city of Hyderabad. Built on a thirty-two acre area, this was designed by an English architect. The palace is a rare and strange blending of Tudor and Italian architecture and was built in the scorpion shape that has two stings, which are spread out as the wings. The main building is in the middle and Harem Quarters, Kitchen, Zenana Mahal, and Gol Bangle, all stretch towards the southern part.

Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad
Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Italian Marble is used extensively and the structure has windows made of stained glass, which throws different blend of colors inside the room. The Reception room is one of the best rooms with decorated ceilings and the ballroom is simply magnificent. The number of spacious halls the palace has is twenty two and there are also two hundred and twenty two decorated rooms. The dining hall could offer one hundred guests seats at a time. The palace library has a carved roof with a fine collection of books. The living quarters were in the ground floor with a marble staircase joining it to the upper floors. There is also a billiards room with two tables which are identical. Many photographs and oil paintings adorn the walls of this palace. In the year 1883, the palace was introduced to the electrical system and the telephone bringing about a change and today the palace has one of the largest switch boards in the country.

The Dining Hall
The Dining Hall | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The last guest to visit this palace was Dr Rajendra Prasad, the then president of India in the year 1951. Later restoration work took place and the palace was closed. In the year 2000, the palace was given to The Taj Group for thirty years on a lease and the hotel after restoration was opened in the year 2010. The visit to Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad was an amazing and scintillating experience. I took many photographs there to remind me of my beautiful journey after coming home. I stepped out of the Palace to visit the Qutub Shahi Tombs next.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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