Taj Falaknuma Palace
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.
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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
Experience a traditional Qawwali musical performance on the terrace while watching the evening draw in over the city.Scott Dunn team
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.
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
When to go
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.