One of the most iconic structures, marking the vibrant and elegant Indian history, the Falaknuma Palace, that served as the home to the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, has now been given a complete makeover and turned into a luxury hotel. This magnificent palace was originally constructed in the year 1884 by then-prime minister of Hyderabad, Sir Viqar ul-Umra was later claimed as the residence by Nawab Sir Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur in 1940s, who was at that time also known as the richest man in the world.
The restoration and of the Falaknuma Palace was carried out by one of the leading names in the hospitality industry, Taj Hotels and Resorts. The entire restoration process took a duration of 14 years and cam with a total cost of $35 million, where in Taj took the palace from a state of ruins and reinstated this iconic landmark to its former glory. To retain the elegance and historic significance of the monument, Taj decided to keep as much of the original furniture and memorabilia as possible, including the 101-seat, 33-meter dining table. For the beautification process, Taj management imported curtain tapestry from Europe and also went to great lengths to acquire exquisite New Zealand wool for the carpets. Taj has been extremely particular about the palace’s place in the history and to recreate and capture nearly every moment of the time when Hyderabad was ruled by the seventh Nizam, the management even took the pains of orchestrating frequent power cuts and purposefully installed