Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

 

Falaknuma is a palace in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. {no longer accessible to general public but… see foot note}

Falaknuma palace belongs to the Paigah family, and was later owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad. On 32-acre (13 ha) area in Falaknuma, 5 kilometer from Charminar. It was built by Nawab Sir Viqar-ul-Umra – Prime Minister of Hyderabad and the uncle & brother-in-law of the sixth Nizam. Falak-numa means “Like the Sky” or “Mirror of the Sky” in Urdu.

Sir Viqar-ul-Umra, the Prime Minister of Hyderabad at that time, used the palace as his private residence until the palace was handed over to the 6th Nizam of Hyderabad around 1897–1898. His monogram is still there on the furniture, walls and ceiling of the palace.

The palace was built and furnished at a cost of 4 million rupees, the money was borrowed from the Bank of Bengal. In the spring of 1897, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Mahbub Ali Khan was invited to stay at the palace. He extended his stay to a week, then a fortnight, and then a month, which prompted Sir Viqar to offer it to him. The Nizam accepted but paid some of the value of the palace; the Paigah family maintains that around 20 lakh rupees was paid.

The Nizam used the palace as a guest house for the royal guests visiting the kingdom of Hyderabad. The list of royal visitors included King George V, Queen Mary, Edward VIII and Tsar Nicholas II.

The palace fell into disuse after the 1950’s. The last important guest was the President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, in 1951.

The palace was then restored after being leased by the Taj Group of Hotels; the restoration, which began in 2010, was managed by Princess Esra, the first wife of Mukarram Jah.

The highlight of the palace is the state reception room, where the ceiling is decorated with frescoes (a painting done rapidly in water colour on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling, so that the colours penetrate the plaster and become fixed as it dries.). The ballroom contains a two-ton manually operated organ said to be the only one of its kind in the world

The entrance to the Palace.

The palace has 60 rooms and 22 halls. It has considerable collections of the Nizam’s artefacts including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts, books, an extensive jade collection, and Venetian chandeliers. It has a library with a carved walnut roof, a replica of the one at Windsor Castle; it had an extensive collection of Qurans.

The dining hall can seat 101 guests. The chairs are made of carved rosewood with green leather upholstery.

Burroughs and Watts from England designed two identical billiards tables, one of which is in Buckingham Palace and the other in the palace’s billiards room.

The palace was the private property of the Nizam family, and not normally open to the public, until 2000.

 Renovation into a luxury hotel

The historical city of Hyderabad is bestowed with some of the most outstanding palaces in the world. A visit to these palaces is a must for any Hyderabad tour. However, to visit each palace, to know the timings and location, to find enough time and day for each visit is a task that often de-motivates many. A single tour package covering all the prominent Nizam palaces is the most suitable way to experience the grandeur and extravagance of Royals.

In Aada Restaurant the cost of lunch and dinner are as follows:

The aromatic journey to indulge your senses at Adaa begins en route to this charming restaurant. Paved with a muster of peacocks by day or resplendent city views by night, the way to Adaa is as enchanting as the food. Carefully crafted, slow-cooked Indian Hyderabadi fare recreates the wonders of the royal kitchens.

CUISINE
Hyderabadi
AVERAGE COST FOR TWO
INR 9,000 + Taxes. A Minimum Charge Will Be Applicable

HOURS
LUNCH 12:30-14:30
DINNER 19:30-22:45

Seating requires Prior Reservation
Includes a Heritage Trail of the Palace scheduled at 1500hrs for Lunch and 1845 hrs and 2100hrs for dinner seating.
All Days
Lunch INR 4500 + 18% Taxes
Dinner INR 4500 + 18% Taxes
A Private Dining option is simultaneously available for a group size of 8 which is priced at INR 6,000/- + Applicable Taxes Per Person

 

Telangana Tourism runs a weekend package

where one can visit Falaknuma Palace

http://cdn.iiit.ac.in/cdn/bda2017.iiit.ac.in/T_Tourism.pdf

Information and Reservation office, Secunderabad: 9848126947, Smt Jyothi 9848802252

Nizam Palaces Tour To KNOW BOOK NOW The Tour Details are as Follows : 01.00 pm..

Departure from Tourism Plaza,Begumpet. 01.00 pm

Chowmahalla Palace, Visit and Hi-tea at Falaknuma Palace, Golconda Sound & Light Show.

09.00 pm. Drop at respective pick-up points

Note: The tariff of includes a/c transportation with tour escort services, entry tickets for Falaknuma Palace, Chowmahalla Palace & Golconda Fort Sound and Light show (Every Saturday and Sunday). ONLY ENTRY TICKETS INCLUDED

NOTE: Tariff and facility are subject to change without notice

Without Hi-tea at Falaknuma Palace Adult INR 2,000/-  Child INR 1,850/-

With Hi-tea at Falaknuma Palace      Adult INR 3,100/-  Child INR 2,950/-

The Tour Details are as Follows :
01.00 pm.. Departure from Tourism Plaza,Begumpet.
01.20 pm.. Departure from Hotel Taj Krishna.
01.45 pm.. Departure from Hotel Golkonda (Masab Tank).
02.30 pm .. Arrival: Chowmahalla Palace.
02.30 pm to 03.30 pm .. Visit of Chowmahalla Palace.
04.00 pm to 05.30 pm .. Visit and Hi-tea at Falaknuma Palace.
06.45 pm to 08.00 pm .. Golconda Sound & Light Show.
09.00 pm .. Drop at respective pick-up points
Note: The tariff of includes a/c transportation with tour

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