Falaknuma Palace is one of the finest palaces in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Designed by an Englishman it housed many wealthy and powerful men. Now a luxurious hotel and tourist spot, this palace still captures the beauty it held. Let's take a tour:
An English architect, Sir Vicar, designed this palace. It took nine years for it to be fully constructed and furnished. It is made entirely out of Italian marble and covers an area of 93,971 square meters.
The palace has 60 lavishly decorated rooms and 22 spacious halls. It has some of the finest collections of the Nizam treasure. Falaknuma houses a large collection of rare treasures including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books.
The palace was built in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings in the north. The middle part is occupied by the main building and the kitchen, Gol Bangla, Zenana Mehal, and harem quarters stretch to the south. The Nawab was an avid traveler, and his influences show in the architecture. The Falaknuma palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor styles of architecture. Its stained glass windows throw a spectrum of color into the rooms.
The Falaknuma Palace also has the largest collection of Venetian chandeliers, with 40 138-arm Osler chandeliers in the halls.
In 2000, Taj Hotels started renovating and restoring the palace. The renovated hotel was opened in November 2010. The rooms and halls were decorated with ornate furniture, handcrafted tapestries, and brocade from France.
The interiors have English and Venetian chandeliers and intricate frescos. There are also outdoor terraces with rare artifacts, including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books. The palace has a 101 seat dining hall, considered the largest in the world, and the Durbar Hall, embellished with intricately carved wooden ceilings, parquet flooring, walnut furniture and handcrafted mirrors.