Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India
Retrace the steps of Nizams, European royalty, enchanting Begums, distinguished Heads of State and walk the walk of Kings through this Palace in the sky. 2000 feet above Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace’s 60 beautifully refurbished and lovingly restored rooms allow you to journey into the clouds and into the gilded ages, where grandeur and excess is celebrated and savoured in equal measure.
Those who have revelled in its opulence have revelled in its large Venetian chandeliers, rare furniture, grand marble staircases and gurgling fountains, priceless statues, and objets d’art, stained-glass windows, unique sketches and murals encased in ornate frames, a world-class collection of crystal as well as the Mughal, Rajasthani and Japanese gardens personally conceived 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 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.
Location and Transfers
Located 2000 feet above the city of Hyderabad, the Palace is a 20 minute drive from Hyderabad Airport.
Luxury Rooms – there are 4 well appointed Luxury Rooms which are spacious and well planned. The rooms are ftted with all contemporary comforts for the discerning traveller
Palace Rooms – these 41 rooms facing the central courtyard and the city are rich in textures and colours, the Palace Rooms exude a sense of charm and luxury
Historical Suites – there are 3 Historical Suites which present a warm and welcoming ambience with wooden foors, exquisite artwork and fabrics along with antique furniture
Royal Suites – these 8 Royal Suites with beautiful architecture and opulent décor are part of the Zenana section of the palace. Each of these rooms has been restored keeping in mind the original look and feel from times gone by
Grand Royal Suites – these 3 suites have spectacular views and are beautifully detailed with traditional fourishes. One of the grand royal suites named the “Begum Suite” situated in the Zenana Wing retains its original character and architecture.
Grand Presidential Suite – the stately duplex suite with a private pool and an exclusive access to Jiva Spa overlooks immaculately manicured gardens. It is beautifully detailed and complete with every imaginable convenience from state of the art amenities to a personal butler
Adaa – “Dum” or Cooking slowly under pressure forms the backbone of traditional Hyderbadi cuisine and the food is prepared “ithmenaan se,” which translates into “with a lot of patience.” Enjoy gastronomic gems culled from a series of state Banquet Menus. Using nouvelle culinary techniques, each dish has been painstakingly recreated with the same authenticity and attention to detail, which is the hallmark of a royal kitchen
Celeste – inspired by the Renaissance, Celeste serves classical Italian and Mediterranean fare. Chefs have collaborated heavily with European connoisseurs to bring you the best, as ingredients have been sourced from every part of the world
Breakfast at Jade Veranda (during Winter only) – it is the truly best way to wake up on winter mornings. Breakfast at Jade Veranda is not just about the comprehensive a la carte menu or traditional Hyderabadi, Turkish and South Indian dishes. You might just be joined by a breakfast mainstay who may not always be invited but is always welcome. Allow yourself to be entertained by the Palace’s Peacocks as they display their plumage in a show of pride, as the first rays of the morning sun dapple through the coloured glass.
Apart from the healthy breakfast options, the ‘Charminar breakfast’ recreates the same morning dining experience previously offered by the Nizams at Falaknuma to visiting dignitaries
The Jade Room – to be a fly on the wall here! The Palace’s Jade Room was where dignitaries from across the world, kings, diplomats, artists and luminaries used to congregate and trade stories. The Jade Room commands some of the best views of Hyderabad in all of Taj Falaknuma Palace, which make it the ideal place for afternoon tea. Afternoon Tea menu options include a Traditional English fare, a regional selection with Indian accents and a Champagne chocolate tea
Hookah Lounge – with the ever-present fragrance of Jasmine, aims to recreate the romance of princely India during an era when smoking was an art in itself. The Lounge offers you a wide selection of flavoured Hookahs, served from beautifully handcrafted apparatus. Mood lighting via candles, instrumental music, low seating and sumptuous upholstery all come together to create the perfect evening
Poolside – The Rotunda is located by the pool and surrounded by manicured tropical gardens. It is the ideal place to enjoy a light menu by the pool
In-Room Dining – choose from one of the most comprehensive Room Service menus as the Palace butler sets up a table a few feet from your bed. The service will be course by course with attention to the smallest detail, in the same way as visiting royalty was served decades ago
Facilities and Activities
Yoga is available
Palace Historic Walk
Champagne Palace Walk