Falaknuma Palace has been converted into a luxurious hotel by Taj Group

Falaknuma Palace has been converted into a luxurious hotel by Taj Group | Kitchen, library, luxury rooms, suites and tariffs in the Falaknuma Palace Hotel
Falaknuma Palace
Falaknuma Palace is a beautiful historic palace built with Italian marble in the shape of a scorpion.  This palace is built in an area of 32acres and is situated at a distance of 5kms from Charminar.  It is built on a hill and stood as an evidence for the grandeur and splendor of Nizam Nawabs.

Reflection of sky

Falaknuma Palace was built between 1884 and 1897 by Prime Minister of Hyderbad Nawab Sir Vikar Ul Umra and it was designed by a British architect.  Falaknuma in Urdu means the reflection of sky.  Sixth Nizam was fascinated by this palace which is with pleasant atmosphere and which looks like it is kissing the blue skies.  He paid one crore rupees for this building and made it his official residence.  Even after the princely state of Hyderabad merged in to India, this palace is under Nizam’s successors.  Taj Group has taken over this palace a decade back to convert it into a heritage hotel.  It worked hard for six years and renovated the building, protecting the ancient articles and beauty of the building and opened the palace now as a luxurious hotel.

Falaknuma Palace hotel

Guests are taken in a Horse card from the main gate of the palace which is built in Italian and Tudor style of architecture.  Battery golf cots are arranged to move around in the surroundings.  The guests will be welcomed with rose flower petals in the reception.  Main hall and Gol Bungalow of the Palace are kept as it is with small changes not to damage the naturality.      Paintings in the Victoria style on the ceiling are the high light of the palace.  A musical instrument which is 2 tons is still placed in the music room.  This is the only one of its kind in the whole world.  36 varieties of tunes can be played at a time on this instrument, it is said.  Many painting collected by the Nizam from various places, handicrafts, furniture and books can be seen here.  Jades are used in decorating the palace which is not seen in any other palaces in the world.

Library in the palace

There is a big library which houses more than 5,900 rare books in the middle of the palace.  This is designed in the lines of Winders Castle Library in the British Royal Palace with rose wood and teak almirahs and tables.

 

 

Dining room

Dining room in the palace has a rosewood dining table which can accommodate 101 guests at a time.  This table is designed in seven divisions and such table is not found anywhere in the world. Dining table looks splendid with golden plates, spoons and crystal glasses.  If the number of guests in a group is more than 60, lunch will be arranged in this dining room, informs the hotel management.

Venetian chandeliers in Brazil cut are another special feature of this palace.  There are 40 such chandeliers spread all through the palace.

Durbar Hall

Wood ceilings, walnut wood furniture and beautiful mirrors are the special attractions in the durbar hall.  This is now converted into a stage for parties and receptions.

GE refrigerator, electrical switch board, telephone exchange, petrol pump and attached bathrooms were concepts introduced by Falaknuma palace in India.  These are exhibited just where they are.  Nizam breakfast room is converted into a conference hall.  Carpets and furniture are brought from Turkey.  Falaknuma palace which had 22 halls and 220 rooms is converted into a hotel with 60 luxurious rooms.

Falaknuma had Jenana mahal and Harem quarters on the left side of the palace.  These are now converted in to 4 luxury rooms and 41 palace rooms.  Tariff of luxury rooms is RS.33,000 per day and Palace room is Rs.38,000 per day.  Another 15 rooms have been converted as expensive suites.  3 historical suites of Rs.83,000 tariff and 8 royal suites of Rs.1,40,000 tariff remind the guests of the royal days.  Another three grand royal suites are also present in the palace tariff of which is Rs. 1,95,000 per day.  One of the suites is called Begum suite.  All the articles used by the then queen are arranged in this room.  Nizam suite is the high light of the palace.  This suite is in duplex model and has a special swimming pool.  Guests will have to spend Rs.5 lakhs to spend a day in this suite.  5% taxes are extra.

Kitchen in the palace

The kitchen in the palace Gol Bungalow has been converted in to two restaurants.  One is Celesta that provides Italian and mediterranean cuisine.  Second is Ada where Hyderabadi traditional dishes are available along with north Indian dishes.

Jade room offers Hyderabadi, Turkish and South Indian breakfast and also varieties of Tea.  Restaurants are open for not only those who stay in the hotel but also outsiders.  Wine centers and hukka lounge are other attractions.

Billiards room, board room which is equipped with LCD projectors, electronic copy boards and 52” television are also available in the palace hotel.  Falaknuma gardens were personally designed by Nizam after visiting the Mughal, Rajasthan and Japan gardens.  There is no doubt that staying in Falaknuma Palace hotel remains as a beautiful memory to the guests.

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Delhi to Secunderabad

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Delhi to Secunderabad | Fastest train from Delhi to Secunderabad

9 trains run between Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  and Secunderabad Junction/SC .
2430 is a train number also for Bangalore Rajdhani. It travels a distance of 1660 kms in the duration of 21 h 45 min. It goes off the Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 20:50 and reaches the destination of Secunderabad Junction/SC  by 18:35 +1 night. It starts from boarding point on  Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.  Rs.1725 for 3A class, Rs.3775 for 1A class,  is charged.It is the fastest train from Delhi to Secunderabad.

2494 is the number for Bangalore Rajdhani. It starts at 20:50 in the departure point of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  and reaches the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC at 18:35 +1 night. It takes 21 h 45 min to travel 1660 kms of distance. The departure days of 2494 is on  Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, It costs Rs.1725 for 3A class, Rs.2260 for 2A class, Rs.3775 for 1A class.

2438 train number corresponds to Secunderabad Rajdhani Express. It departs at 16:00 at the Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  and arrives the destination at Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 14:00 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 1660 kms and it reaches its destination in 22 h 0 min.Except Sunday the train won’t schedules. Rs. 1725 for 3A class, Rs.2260 for 2A class, Rs.3775 for 1A class,  is charged.

2286 train number also indicates Nizamuddin Secunderabad Duronto. It leaves Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 15:50 and reaches Secunderabad Junction/SC at 14:00 +1 night within duration of 22 h 10 min travelling a distance of 1660 kms. 2286 starts at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  on  Monday, Friday,.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.655 for SL class, Rs.1695 for 3A class, Rs.2215 for 2A class, Rs.3565 for 1A class.

2650 train number is Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express. It starts at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM is the departure point and Hyderabad Kacheguda/KCG  is the destination point for this train. 06:45 is the time it leaves at the departure point and reaches the destination at 07:05 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1666 kms in 24 h 20 min. This train leaves on  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class, Rs.2875 for 1A class.

Andhra Pradesh Express is indicated by 2724 train number. It consumes 25 h 40 min of time for covering a distance of 1667  kms.  The departure timing at New Delhi/NDLS  is 17:35 and arrival at Secunderabad Junction/SC  is 19:15 +1 night. It runs seven days a week. Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class, Rs.2875 for 1A class.

2708 number corresponds to the Andhra Pradesh Sampark Kranti Express train. Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the starting point for this train and Secunderabad Junction/SC is the destination point. It leaves at 07:25 and reaches at 09:15 +1 night. 1660 kms of distance is travelled in 25 h 50 min. 2708 starts at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  on  Sunday, Wednesday, Friday,.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class.

2648 represents Kongu Express. This train departs at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 08:40 and reports an arrival at 12:20 +1 night at Hyderabad Kacheguda/KCG . 27 h 40 min are required for it to travel 1666 kms of distance.This train is scheduled only on Wednesdays.Fare of this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class.

2722 number corresponds to the Dakshin Express train. Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the starting point for this train and Secunderabad Junction/SC  is the destination point. It leaves at 22:50 and reaches at 04:05 +2 nights. 1660 kms of distance is travelled in 29 h 15 min. It runs seven days a week.  Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class,  is charged.
The Indian railways have launched an official website www. indianrail.gov.in for facilitating the passengers to know about the details of advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status.

Taj Group converts Falaknuma Palace into a luxurious hotel | Interesting facts of Falaknuma palace

Taj Group converts Falaknuma Palace into a luxurious hotel | Interesting facts of Falaknuma palace

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

Pulicat is one of the oldest lakes and this is a place to watch the migratory birds | Shar center and Pelican Parade can also be visited

Pulicat is one of the oldest lakes and this is a place to watch the migratory birds | Shar center and Pelican Parade can also be visited

Pulicat Lake

A natural salt water lake with naturally formed islands, a waterfall which has not lost its natural charm, an abode for migrated birds, temples of Chengalamma and Kesava.  Visit all these at Pralaya Kaveri.

Shar Center:  The permission of PRO has to be taken to visit Shar Center.  Visitors are not allowed in to some special zones.  The zones in which the tourists are allowed are also very important.  This tour is beneficial for the college education age group but is not much helpful to kids.

Pulicat Lake: Boating facilities are available at this Lake.  Chilka Lake in Orissa is the biggest lake in India and Pulicat occupies the second place.  The water in Pulicat lake are salty as water from Bay of Bengal enters this lake.  But they are not exactly like sea water.  This is a brackish water lake.  In normal days the area of the lake is 250 sqm, while in rainy season it expands to 460sqkm.  Earlier this was called Pralaya Kaveri Lake.  Local people still call this as Pralaya Kaveri.  Part of this lake is in Tamilnadu.

Pelican Parade: Migratory birds which come here every year are the main cause for the popularity of this lake.  Pelican birds come here from Australia to lay eggs.  Flamingoes, spotted ducks, bill birds, white cranes etc roam in this lake.  The legs and nose of these Flamingoes are pink in colour.  May be legs and beaks of these birds are created like this so that they do not drown in water when they go deep in to water to catch fishes with their beaks.  Celebrations are held in the months of February and March which is the peak season in which the birds come here.  Collectors and higher authorities attend this festival.

Even when birds are not there, the beauty of the lake, the skillful fishermen, historic constructions of Portugese etc can be enjoyed all through the year.

Observing the life style of the fishermen closely will be a sweet memory.  Fishermen put all the fishes they catch in a basket and they go singing songs.  Wives of fishermen wait for them with a basket, a bag, oil bottle and a bowl carrying food for their husbands. Bag and oil bottle are for purchasing groceries from the money they get by selling fishes.  They bring  Ragi Ambali for their husbands.

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Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Ahmedabad Junction to Secunderabad Junction

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Ahmedabad Junction to Secunderabad Junction | Fastest train from Ahmedabad Junction to Secunderabad Junction

5 trains between Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and Secunderabad Junction/SC  improve the transport.
7203 number corresponds to the Bhavnagar Kakinada Express train. Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  is the starting point for this train and Secunderabad Junction/SC  is the destination point. It leaves at 10:05 and reaches at 10:20 +1 night. 1231 kms of distance is travelled in 24 h 15 min.It is scheduled only on Saturdays.It costs Rs.200 for general class, Rs.375 for SL class, Rs.1024 for 3A class, Rs.1410 for 2A class.It is the fastest train from Ahmedabad Junction to Secunderabad Junction.

7017 train number makes up for the Secunderabad Express. It makes it departure at 10:05 in Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and makes it to reach the destination at 10:30 +1 night in Secunderabad Junction/SC . It takes 24 h 25 min to pass the distance of 1231 kms. The departure days of 7017 is on  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,. They charge Rs.200 for general class, Rs. 375 for SL class, Rs.1024 for 3A class, Rs.1410 for 2A class.

Secunderabad Express train has number of number of 7038. It starts at 06:50 in Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and reaches Secunderabad Junction/SC at 08:50 +1 night. Within 26 h 0 min it travels a distance of 1376  kms.This train is scheduled only on Saturdays.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.215 for general class, Rs.398 for SL class, Rs.1090 for 3A class, Rs.1502 for 2A class, Rs.1502 for 2A class.

Bikaner Secunderabad Summer Special has the train number of 0720. It arrives the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 08:50 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 06:50. It travels a distance of 1376 kms within 26 h 0 min.It is scheduled only on Mondays.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.215 for general class, Rs.398 for SL class, Rs.1090 for 3A class, Rs.1502 for 2A class.

Name of 6734 train number is Okha Rameswaram Express. It starts at 15:40 in Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and reaches the destination of Hyderabad Kacheguda/KCG  at 17:45 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1325 kms within 26 h 5 min.The train is exclusively available only on Tuesday.Fare of this train is Rs.208 for general class, Rs. 386 for SL class, Rs.1057 for 3A class, Rs. 1456 for 2A class.
Information regarding advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status can be got in the official website of the Indian railways www. indianrail.gov.in