Man mandir Palace at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Man mandir Palace
‘Man mandir Palace’ is another building built by Raja Mansingh Tomer. This palace has a big vicinity, rooms and windows which enable the queens to watch the cultural programs conducted in the palace. There are pipes to supply water to some of the rooms. These are the then air coolers. Narrow pipes are arranged to talk to people in different storey. These are telephones. There are 8 hooks to the roof of a hall. Golden cradles were arranged to these hooks for the queens. There is also a swimming pool. Queens who heard the news of death of their husband used to do ‘Sahagamanam’ (Throwing oneself in to the fire) in this pool after removing all the water.
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Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior
People who want to visit some different places other than temples, pilgrim centres should visit Gwalior once. Some of the palaces in Gwalior are the evidences for history of Gwalior. The wealth of queens, love story of Mrignayani, Brutality of Aurangazeb, sweet notes of Tansen and the grandeur of Rajputs are some of the notable features of Gwalior. The most interesting places of in and around Gwalior are
- Gwalior Fort
- Gujari Mahal
- Man Mandir Palace
- Jai Vilas Palace
- Surajkund lake
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Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad
Chowmahalla palace, the 270 year old historical monument near Charminar has proved its architectural brilliance once again to the world by bagging the ‘UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit Award’. This palace was built in the Persian style of construction in the year 1750 by Salabath Jung. Asafjahi rulers used this building as the political consultations. The palace had an open area of 60 acres but now only 12 acres remain. The palace is a replica of Sha Iran Bungalow in Tehran. This palace actually is a group of buildings. Aftab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, Afzal Mahal, Mehtab Mahal, Roshan bungalow and Khilawat are some of the important buildings. A marble throne used by the Nizam rulers can be seen in the palace. This palace was in use till 1948. In 2005, this palace was open for the visitors. In 2000 Princess Asra, wife of Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur started renovation works of the palace. The renovation work was successfully done by Rahul Malhotra Association. They brought back the past glory to the palace.
Barrister Senior Counsel of Prince Mukarrm Jah said that steps have been taken to convert Chowmahalla palace in to a museum which will house various things belonging to the Nizams. The artifacts of the Purani Haveli Nizam Museum will also be displayed here. The Shiya Aalam the rare religious relics housed in one portion of the palace will also be opened for the public.
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Gwalior Fort at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gwalior Fort
Another place which is a must visit is the fort of Gwalior. This is on a hill. Strong wall are built around the hill. These are 2 miles long and 35 feet height and are intact even now. The statues of Jain Teerdhankrs can be seen on the walls while going to the fort. A local king carved them on the walls as he was interested in the Jain religion. He destroyed some of them at the order of Mughals. This fort went in to the hands of British rulers at a later stage. This fort is so strong that Babur complimented that this is the best fort in the country. When this fort was under Mughals. Aurangazeb had imprisoned his brother Murad in this fort. He was hanged later. 51 subordinate kings were imprisoned here along with Hargobind Singh. Queen Nurjahan ordered to release Hargobind Singh. But Hargobind singh wanted all the kings to be released along with him. Then the Nawab laid a condition. He said he will release all the kings who can come out holding the shirt of Hargobind singh. Hargobind singh’s shirt was torn in to pieces and made like a rope. All kings came out holding that rope.
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Falaknuma Palace has a GRAND PRESIDENTIAL SUITE rent of which is RS.5 lakh per day | GRAND PRESIDENTIAL SUITE in Falaknuma Palace is the most expensive suite in India
Falaknuma palace is inviting rich people who can afford Rs.5 lakh to spend a day. The official residence of 6th Nizam has now been converted into a luxurious hotel. This hotel is going to be inaugurated ion 13th November, 2010. Minimum rent for each suite in this palace is RS.34,500. Tariff for the most luxurious ‘Grand Presidential Suite’ is Rs.5 lakhs. This resembles the queens abode in the Falaknuma palace. This may be the most expensive suit in India. The rent of a suit in Taj Mahan Palace in Mumbai is Rs.3,07, 650. There is no dearth of rich people spending laths of rupees for luxuries in this poor country. This hotel is developed by Taj group in Hyderabad for such people.
Taj Group converts Falaknuma Palace into a luxurious hotel | Interesting facts of Falaknuma palace
Falaknuma means the ‘star of heaven’. This construction is really a star. This shines on a small hill 5 kilometers from Charminar in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. This looks like a scorpion when watched from aero planes or helicopters and this was built by Vikar-ul-Umra Bahadur. Construction was started in 1898 and continued for 9 years. Total area of this building is 9.39lakh square meters. This building was used as a guest house by sixth Nizam Mehaboob Alikhan. As the Nizam was fascinated by this building Vilar-ul-Umar Bahadur gifted this palace to him. Sixth Nizam died in the year 1911 and since then the palace is lying vacant. Falaknuma palace became the personal asset of Nizam heirs. This palace has 220 luxurious rooms and 22 spacious halls. Taj Group which converted many palaces in to hotels in Rajasthan showed interest in Falaknuma Palace. The palace was taken on lease from the Nizams.
Taj group has worked hard for 10 years to convert it into a hotel. Main parts of the Palace were untouched but the rooms are converted in to palaces. Tourists from India and foreign countries can stay at this palace to taste the culture and traditions of Hyderabad Nawabs. This palace is in between a beautiful garden which spreads in an area of 32 acres. There are a total of 60 suits in this palace. Private Chambers of Nizams are converted in to suites. Outdoor pools, spa two restaurants are also opened. Rare artifacts and painting of the palace were renovated. Heir of Nizam Prince Mukarram Jha, Ratan Tata and many other business and political persons are going to attend the opening ceremony of this palace.
Interesting facts of Falaknuma palace
Mir Mahaboob Alikhan used the famous RS.450crore ‘Jacob Diamond’ as a paper weight in this palace. Old furniture and other books are arranged in this study room. Tourists will be enjoying the tutor rooms of Nizam, bed room of wife of sixth Nizam, special bath tubs that gives out fragrance, dressing hall and special rooms used for guests, Nizam Durbar hall, steps made with beautiful marble statues, musical room and billiards room. There is a dining hall in which 101 guests can have their meals at a same time.