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Saturday, March 31, 2007

A visit to Falaknuma palace [Hyderabad series-1]



During my recent visit to Hyderabad, I got the opportunity to see the Falaknuma palace. I had learnt that the palace is closed for public but I managed to get the permission to visit the majestic structure atop a hill.

The grand palace is built in the shape of a scorpion and is still the property of Nizam. I was still under the spell of Salar Jung museum, having seen all those rare paintings, statues, pieces of art and weapons gathered from all over the world.

But even after that the opulence of Falaknuma left me awe-struck. The electricity fittings, the Jacuzzi (in 1880!) and amazing bathrooms, the famed dining table where 100 guests could dine at a time, the 200-odd lavishly decorated rooms and halls, the collection of jade that is unrivalled in the world apart from the great library.



The Prime Minister of Hyderabad Nawab Viqar-ul-Umra had built this palace. The architecture is Italian. The Sixth Nizam Mir Mahboob Ali Khan had bought it from him and it served as royal guest house. The descendants of Asif Jahi dynasty have decided to turn it into a hotel.

One of the senior security officer was wearing a egg-sized turqoise. We had tea and snacks in the palace. We were tired after seeing the huge palace and had a brief walk outside. The hill gives a panoramic view of the City of Hyderabad. And we left wondering about the bygone era, discussing the positive and negative traits of the rulers of princely India.

(Photos from Cellpone Camera by Indscribe)

11 comments:

Diganta said...

I visited the place and I disliked the maintainance of the bbuilding. However things are changing these days. I heard that Tata is taking up this palace ... don't know whether it's true or not ...

indscribe said...

You are right. Whoever will acquire, at least it will be cleaned regularly and maintained.

How do we know said...

wow! i was impressed by the palace too.. it was opened briefly to the public once..

Hyderabadi said...

آپ حیدرآباد سے متعلق اپنے یادگار تاثرات بیان فرمائیں اور حیدرآبادی کا بلاگ اس سے محروم رہے ؟ یہ کیسے ممکن ہے ؟
لہذا آپ کا یہ مضمون اردو میں ڈھال کر میں نے اپنے بلاگ پر یہاں شائع کیا ہے ۔ ترجمے میں کوئی غلطی ہوئی ہو تو نشاندہی فرمائیں۔
بہت شکریہ بھائی۔
والسلام
حیدرآبادی

Anonymous said...

Have they begun allowing visitors the palace.Please do tell how you got permission to go in.
Thanks

koonj said...

Thank you for sharing your visit with us. I was struck by its beauty.

Anonymous said...

these mim youth media outfit has posted photos on flickr also on links like
http://www.flickr.com/photos/44526787@n00/268252197/
and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/33673741@n00/329557311/
and on
http://www.flickr.com/photos/90202139@n00/258158427/

Anonymous said...

Indeed it is a marvelous building to be seen by all those who value past glory of rulers.
The Nizams are remembered for their affluent life styles and good law and order.

Raza Rumi said...

what a beauty this place is..
Hope I can visit one day..

Orpita Chakrabarty said...

Hey where did you get the permission to enter to Falaknuma Palace from?

Rahul Ravindra said...

could you pls let me know how to obtain permission to enter and see the palace? Thanks.