6. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Falaknuma is a palace in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It belonged to the Paigah family, and it was later owned by the Nizam of Hyderabad and probably brings a waft of the Venetian renaissance to Hyderabad. Roman pillars, crystal chandeliers, marble staircases, Japanese gardens and priceless interior decor are just some elements that describe the hotel. It is on a 32-acre (13 ha) area in Falaknuma, 5 km from Charminar.
Falaknuma Palace was built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra. With the construction laid out in 1884, it took almost 9 years to complete the construction of the palace. One of the popular tourist spots of Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace was later purchased by Nizam VI in 1897. The palace served as a royal guest house to him. The library of the Nizam is said to house one of the rarest versions of the Quran.
Constructed over an area of 32 acres and approximately 2,000 feet above Hyderabad, the Falaknuma Palace has been constructed with Italian marble. Built by an Italian architect, the palace is one of the architectural wonders of 19th century and is often referred as “mirror of the sky”.
With interiors decorated lavishly, the palace has close to 220 rooms and 22 halls, each designed beautifully. One of the most captivating features of this palace is its innumerable Venetian chandeliers; their exquisite beauty and large size alluring every visitor. The palace represents the glamour of Nizam era and its carefully designed architectural beauty.