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Worldwide Hospitality Awards

Thursday 09 November 2023 à 18:00

En cours - Iconic Asset

The Indian Hotels Company Limited

Campaign - Taj Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad

Cette candidature n'est disponible qu'en anglais / This application is only available in English.

Hyderabad the city of Nizams – a city that was built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah of the Qutub Shahi dynasty in 1589. Hyderabad ’s glorious past is reflected in the monuments that were built then to be icons of today.

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One of the most magnificent palaces known to King and man alike, the Falaknuma Palace was built in 1894. The name Falaknuma means ‘mirroring the sky’ is reflected in the construction of the Palace that embodies the spectacular moods of the sky. Perched 2000 feet above the city of Hyderabad the palace was built by the then reigning Nawab Vikar–Ul-Umra who commissioned British architect William Ward Marret in 1884.

Laid out in the shape of a scorpio, this magnificent edifice took 10 years and 4 million rupees to complete.
It is popularly believed it took 22 years to be decorated. Adorned with large Venetian chandeliers, rare furniture, and grand marble staircases and gurgling fountains, priceless statues, and objects d'art, stainedglass windows, unique sketches and murals encased in ornate frames; the Palace is a space dedicated to the art of perfecting pleasure.

In 1897, when the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad Mehboob Asif Jah, who was also the brother – in – law of Prime Minister Umra visited the Palace, was so taken by the beauty that the latter decided to gift it to the Nizam. Too gracious a gift to be accepted by the richest man in the world; the Nizam then instead bought the Palace and lived there until 1911.

Adding to its grandeur is the palace library which is believed to be a replica of the library at Windsor Castle.
Nizam brought back rare furniture, manuscripts and books from around the world that are still part of the Palace’s treasures Amongst the 5,900+ books on subjects as varied as literature, art, religion and history, this library boasts of many first editions such as epic romance Titanic.
Replete with billiards rooms, smoking rooms, pools, ballrooms, croquet lawns, private gardens, a dining room to seat 101 guests at the world's largest dining table, turret rooms, stables, terraces with views of the city, a private petrol pump and royal garages filled with a fleet of vintage cars serve to be just some of the known pleasures and comforts of this sumptuous royal abode.

The Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris has since lovingly restored the Palace’s sixty rooms over a decade, with the guidance of Princess Esra, wife of HEH the Nizam VIII Mukarram Jah. 

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