Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Luxury Hotels in Hyderabad



Falaknuma Palace is one of the finest Luxury Hotels in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It belonged to Paigah Hyderabad State, and it was later owned by the Nizam Mohamad Abeed. It is on a 32-acre area in Falaknuma, 5 km from Charminar. It was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, prime minister of Hyderabad. Falak-numa means "Like the Sky" or "Mirror of the Sky" in Urdu. It was names so because at 2000 feet, it reflects the ever-changing moods of the sky. Set in 32 acres of land and spread over 19400 square meters.







Built in 1894, it took ten years and four million rupees for its magnificent, physical evolution in the shape of a scorpion. Designed by British architect William Mard Marret, Bought over in 1895 and used as the residence of Nizam VI until 1911, Falaknuma Palace later went on to be used as a royal guesthouse for dignitaries, including free India's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad who availed of its famed, lavish hospitality in 1951.




European monarchs, the Duke of Windsor, heads of state and distinguished governors visited this place once upon a time, in this newly refurbished luxury hotel of Hyderabad. Since 1995, The Taj Group of Hotels has sensitively restored 60 rooms and Suites the palace maintaining the grandeur of the yesterday with the modern amenities of today.




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.


Gol Bungalow


European monarchs, the Duke of Windsor, heads of state and distinguished governors visited this place once upon a time, in this newly refurbished luxury hotel of Hyderabad. Since 1995, The Taj Group of Hotels has sensitively restored 60 rooms and Suites the palace maintaining the grandeur of the yesterday with the modern amenities of today.


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 architecture. Its stained glass windows throw a spectrum of colour into the rooms.



Taj Falaknuma Palace:


Palace Corridor

Taj Falaknuma Palace's 60 beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored rooms transports you to back to the era of nizams where experience royal treatment.


Large chandeliers, rare furniture, fountains, priceless statues, and objets d'art, stained-glass windows, unique sketches encased in ornate frames, a world-class collection of crystal as well as the Mughal, Rajasthani and Japanese gardens personally collected by the Nizam. The Palace Library, a replica of the one at Windsor Castle, is a collector's envy as it is home to the rarest of manuscripts, books and one of the most acclaimed collections of the Holy Quran in the country, all of which were selected and brought back by the Nizam himself.

The ground floor of the palace housed the living quarters. A marbled staircase leads to the upper floor, which supports marble figurines with candelabra at intervals. On the walls there are many oil paintings and photographs of notable personages.


Grand Staircase

Nizam’s Office:




The former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad, Falaknuma Palace has been rightfully leased by the Royal Family of Hyderabad to the Taj Group of Hotels Resorts and Palaces with Royal Family members having personally supervised part of the Palace's refurbishment. Guest can now experience the famed Nizam's hospitality which was once the sole preserve of royalty.



Renovation into a luxury hotel

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 chandeliers and have outdoor terraces with rare artefacts, including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books. The palace has a 110 seat dining hall, considered the largest in the world, and the Durbar Hall, embellished with detailed carved wooden ceilings, flooring, walnut furniture and handcrafted mirrors


  


Durbar Hall

Feel like you're part of history, when you are here. Piecing together Falaknuma’s past glory was perhaps the biggest challenge was of the restoration. There were challenges like retaining the blend of Renaissance architecture, Baroque style, French charm, art deco sensibilities and other inspirations that were in the d├ęcor of the palace yet retaining its  Nizam style. The restoration involved sourcing the perfect upholstery to redo the sofas and chairs, choosing fresh drapes to match the taste of the Nizams, polishing the marble, repairing damaged pieces, recreating broken structures, and blending in new wings and spaces for more rooms, extra landscape, and additional restaurants.


Highlights of the Palace:


 Lobby



Reception

One of the highlights of the palace is the state reception room, where the ceiling is decorated. The ballroom contains a two-ton manually operated organ said to be the only one of its kind in the world.


The Dining Hall





The famous dining hall can seat 100 guests at its table. The chairs are made of carved rosewood with green leather upholstery. The tableware was made of gold and crystal to which fluted music was added. The length of the table is 108 feet, and breadth is 5.7 feet and height is 2.7 feet.







The Library



The palace has a library with a carved walnut roof an exact replica of the one at Windsor Castle. The library had one of the finest collections of the Quran in India.



Rooms




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 Jade Room



The jade collection at the palace is considered to be unique in the world.



Billiards Room

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

The Falaknuma Palace also has the largest collection of chandeliers, with 40 138-arm Osler chandeliers in the halls. The telephone and electrical system was introduced in 1883 by Osler and the palace has one of the largest electrical switchboards in India. The palace was the private property of the Nizam family, and not normally open to the public, until 2000.




Nearby Places to Visit:


Char Minar



The Charminar, built in 1591 CE, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India.



Chowmahalla Palace





Chowmahalla Palace or Chowmahallatuu, is a palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad state. It was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty and was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad while they ruled their state.




Makkah Masjid, Mosque




Mecca Masjid, also Makkah Masjid, is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, Telangana in India, And it is one of the largest masajids in India.



The Salar Jung 




The Salar Jung Museum is an art museum located at Darushifa, on the southern bank of the Musi river in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is one of the three National Museums of India



The Ramoji Film City 





The Ramoji Film City in India is located in Anajpur village, Hayathnagar Mandal in Hyderabad, Telangana. At 2000 acres, It is the largest integrated film city in the world




1 comment:

  1. Best Western Ashoka Hotels lies in the heart of Hyderabad, India and is just minutes away from the city's diplomatic corps and business district.

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