Perched at the top of a hill 2,000 feet above the City of Pearls, Taj Falaknuma Palace is the former home of Hyderabad's ruler, the Nizam - once rumoured to be the richest man in the world. The vast, wedding-cake style building is unashamed in its opulence; the Renaissance-style lobby a mere introduction to the elaborate frescos, embossed wallpaper, stained-glass windows and Art Deco chandeliers that would make Versailles verdant.
Guests arrive by gold horse-drawn carriage, and Princess Esra, the former wife of the eighth Nizam, has lovingly restored each guest room, filling them with carefully curated collections of priceless antiques. In the billiard room sits one of only two ivory snooker tables in the world, while the library's shelves are filled with historic tomes. Watch the hazy city skyline light up over sundowners out on the terrace, before enjoying dinner at Adaa, the hotel's sublime Hyderabadi restaurant.
The city of Hyderabad is the perfect place to explore, with its winding streets and fascinating architecture. Visit the intriguing Golconda Fort, which houses the historic ruins of palaces and mosques within its walls, or the grandiose Chowmahalla Palace, the former residence of the Nizams during their rule.
Couples and romantics
Those seeking royal service
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Arrive at the hotel by horse-drawn carriage
Sample the signature Nawab-e-Khas treatment in the Jiva Spa, which nurtures and restores from tip to toe
Take a fascinating tour of the Falaknuma Palace, recently restored by Princess Esra
Unwind with a cooling dip in the pool, followed by afternoon tea on the Jade Terrace
Dine on world-class Hyderabadi cuisine at the Adaa restaurant
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Delve into Hyderabad’s history with a visit to Golconda Fort
Marvel at the spectacular Chowmahalla Palace, former residence of the Nizams
Visit the Subhan Bakery, Hyderabad’s history bakery, to pick up some of the city’s esteemed Osmania biscuits
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