Quick Five :
Location : Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Unique Feature : Jade collection
Architecture : A rare blend of Tudor and Italian architecture
Falaknuma, Andhra Pradesh, India :
Falaknuma is a splendid palace constructed by Nawab-ul-Ulmara who was then the Prime Minester of Hyderabad. It was later given as a gift to Mehboob Ali Khan who was the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad. The meaning of the name Falaknuma is ‘Star of Heaven’. This place is an extraordinary amalgamation of Italian and Tudor architecture.
It is situated at a distance of 5 km to the south of Charminar on a hill which is at a n elevation of around 200 ft. This was designed by an Italian architect and on 3rd March 1884, the foundation was laid for the construction of this building. The construction was completed after 9 years. For the construction of this building, Italian marble is used and is spread widely over an area of around 9,39,712 sq meters. In 1897 it was purchased by Nizam VI and was used as a royal guest house which has an imposing view of the whole city. The grandeur of Falaknuma Palace and abundant generosity became eminent through out India.
The Architectural Grandness :
To the north there are two stings spread which resembles to that of scorpion wings from the shape of the palace. The interiors of this palace are one of the interiors that are decorated lavishly. The collection of Jade of this palace is regarded as unique in the world. The collection of statues, paintings and English furniture of this palace is priceless.
The biggest Venetian chandeliers are in the Falaknuma palace. It is to be said that it took around six months to clean a 138-arm Osler chandelier and in the palace there are 40 such chandeliers embellishing the halls. The spectrum of colours is thrown in the room from its glass-stained windows. The walls are artistically decorated and painted. The staircase that goes upwards is supported with marble figures and carved balustrades.
The library in the palace has a walnut carved roof which is an imitation of one at Windsor Castle. In India, this library has one of the wonderful collections of the holy Qurans. Special exhibition area forms a museum of art materials brought from the different states of India. The palace has a dining hall which can accommodate around 100 guests at a time. The furniture here is also very artistic. The table ware was made up of crystal and gold and to that music like lute was added. The electrical switch board’s of the palace is one of the largest in India.
The Palace is now owned by and is the personal property of Wala Shah Nawab Mukarram Jah Bahadur, grandson of the seventh Nizam. If one wishes to visit this palace then has to take a prior permission to visit inside. A trip to the Falaknuma palace is an overwhelming experience. Number of people comes here to visit this palace. The tourists love to enjoy the grandeur and life of by gone time which was lived by the Nawabs.
As Hyderabad being the capital city and is one of the famous places which is full with tourist from all over the world. There are many luxurious hotels available that has some best rooms and some amazing service. There are also small hotels available in the city which has some good rooms and basic facilities. For more affordable accommodation one can stay in lodges which are available in the city with some basic facilities.