Taj Falaknuma Palace
At a Glance
Opulence! From large Venetian chandeliers, rare furniture, grand marble staircases, objects d'art and stained-glass windows
Heritage Walk through the Palace to appreciate its history
The teak and rosewood Palace Library is a replica of Windsor Castle's library
Champagne Palace Walk with the Palace historian
Hyderabad's shopping district of Banjara Hills
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Like much of India, the best time to visit Hyderabad is in the winter months between October and February. Summer usually starts in March and runs through until October with temperatures soaring in the daytime, accompanied by high humidity levels. The month of May is best avoided for this reason. The monsoons hit Hyderabad during June and September.
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The Taj Falaknuma Palace has raised eyebrows after its delicate ten-year restoration. Exuding sheer opulence and regal splendour, the palace recreates the bygone lifestyles of the ruling Nizams and their stately visitors.
Built by Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan in the latter part of the 19th century, the Falaknuma Palace was built as a guesthouse for visiting dignitaries such as George V and Russian Tsar Nicolas II. Built in a baroque style, the palace was designed to rival and even surpass those found in Europe. Using Italian marble and the finest art, artifacts and fittings from around the world, the palace can safely be compared to any of India’s great palace hotels.
With 60 rooms, the hotel blends old world style with modern sophistication and comfort. For those wanting the best, we suggest staying in the Nizam’s private chambers that is now the Grand Presidential Suite.
Fine dining was always close to the heart of the ruling Nizams, and the Taj group have brought in their customary high standards to provide a range of dining options. There is also chance to have a colonial inspired high tea on the veranda. The hotel also has a superb Jiva Grande Spa offering three treatment rooms overlooking cascading gardens.
What we find most interesting is their resident historian who can guide guests through the halls and historical rooms of the palace. You can wander through the Dubar Hall where the Nizams met their subjects to the 101 Dining Hall containing the worlds largest dining table.
What the Falaknuma Palace offers is a chance to have a palatial experience in the spirit of the Nizams of Hyderabad; and we think it can easily be one of India’s leading hotels. Hyderabad offers a great deal to see and do, from the bazaars and regal palaces to reading William Dalrymple’s 'White Mughals' and wandering the city in search of the places mentioned.
The Taj Falaknuma Palace offers rooms that combine the old world style with modern sophistication and comfort. Rooms are adorned with colonial furniture oak wood floors and hand painted walls. For the height of luxury book yourself into the Royal Presidential Suite which features its own private swimming pool, a private Jacuzzi, ornate furnishings and soothing marble fountain. All rooms and suites include: satellite TV, DVD player, CD/DVD library, hairdryer, safe, phone, minibar, bathrobes, wifi, and 24 hour room service.
Children are very welcome to come and stay at Taj Falaknuma Palace. However, there are no specific facilities available for them. Babysitting can be arranged upon request.
Facilities at the hotel include the Jiva Spa, library, billiards room, two restaurants serving mouthwatering traditional Hyderabadi, Turkish and South Indian dishes and outdoor pool.
Hyderabad offers fantastic shopping and an impressive array of cultural experiences. A destination famous for its pearls, you can also shop for attars (Indian perfumes), jewelry, bangles of lac and glass as well as traditional Pochampalli sarees. You can explore the meandering streets dotted with seller's kiosks in motorized tuk tuks, perhaps the best way to get under the skin of this ancient 400-year-old-city. Attractions include the Charminar, the Mecca Masjid and the Golconda Fort.
Leonora McNabb (Staff)
I was overwhelmed by the kind hospitality and attention to detail that was shown throughout my stay at Taj Falaknuma Palace. From the special welcome guests receive upon arrival, you will delight in the history and traditions of this beautifully restored palace. Gol Bungalow is a must, with an open view overlooking the twinkling lights of Hyderabad below. Enjoy a cocktail or traditional Hyderabadi biryani here, listening to the faint calls to prayer from the Muslim mosques in the city below.
A truly unique experience that I will cherish for a very long time, Taj Falaknuma Palace is a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or to end your journey through India in style.
Michelle Von Kimmelmann (Staff)
The Falaknuma Palace is an awe-inspiring building filled with a rich history which will make you feel like royalty from the moment you first set eyes on the grand entrance gates. It really is a sight to behold and one which I will never forget. With flawless service, delicious cuisines and a history to marvel at, the palace sits on top of the city with the most amazing panoramic views- you really do feel like you are floating in the clouds.
Ensure that you take part in the Champagne Palace Walk where the eloquent resident historian will take you on a tour of the palace and will fill your senses with tales of riches, grandeur and the opulence of times gone by.
A stay at the palace is certainly a very special one - This is not just a hotel, it is a part of history and a memory that will stay with you forever.
Situated on a 32-acre estate on a hillside above the city of Hyderabad, this glorious palace, formerly home to the Nizams of Hyderabad, is nevertheless within earshot of the mosque. It opened as a hotel in 2010, following a multi-million-pound, 10-year refurbishment during which its 60 bedrooms and lavish communal areas were restored to their original, 19th-century splendour. Guests can while away the hours in the billiards room, library, hookah lounge, outdoor pool or Jiva Spa, or by taking afternoon tea in the Jade Room. Adaa, one of the hotel's two restaurants, serves slow-cooked Hyderabadi specialties.
X-factor 'What is truly exciting about the restoration of this Italianate Victorian fantasy is that almost everyone involved - architect, engineer, fresco-painter, cabinet-maker and carpet-weaver - was Indian,' says Gold List contributor Sunil Sethi. 'What greater tribute could there be to the skill and sophistication acquired over the centuries of the vibrant Indo-European encounter?'
Daniel Smith (Staff)
The Falaknuma Palace ranks alongside the Lake Palace, the Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Rambagh Palace as one of India's great palace hotels. It is almost worth a visit to Hyderabad just to stay here.
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Taj Falaknuma Palace - Heritage Walk
During your stay at Taj Falaknuma Palace, go on a heritage walk of this beautiful palace which in Urdu means 'Mirror of the Sky'. The hotel's resident historian will share the history of the Nizam that once lived here.
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Location & directions
Taj Falaknuma Palace is located on a 32-acre hilltop estate in Falaknuma. Situated in Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace is close to Mecca Masjid, Charminar, and Salar Jung Museum
How to get there
10-hour flight to Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, followed by a 20-minute transfer to the hotel.