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.

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

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

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

Indian railways have allotted 9 number of trains between Pune Junction/PUNE  to Secunderabad Junction/SC.
Pune Secunderabad Shatabdi Special has the train number of 0163. It arrives the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC      at 14:30  by leaving the departure point of Pune Junction/PUNE  at 06:00. It travels a distance of 597 kms within 8 h 30 min. 0163 starts at Pune Junction/PUNE  on  Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.Fare of this train is Rs.780 for general class.It is the fastest train from Pune to Secunderabad.

LTT Vishakhapatnam SF Express has the train number of 2750. It arrives the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 02:00 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Pune Junction/PUNE  at 15:35. It travels a distance of 597 kms within 10 h 25 min. It has departures on  Sunday, Thursday,.Rs.124 for general class, Rs.266 for SL class, Rs. 695 for 3A class, Rs.940 for 2A class,  are charged.

2701 number corresponds to the Hussain Sagar Express train. Pune Junction/PUNE  is the starting point for this train and Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  is the destination point. It leaves at 01:25 and reaches at 12:10 . 598 kms of distance is travelled in 10 h 45 min. It has daily trips.Fare for the travel is Rs.124 for general class, Rs.266 for SL class, Rs.695 for 3A class, Rs.940 for 2A class, Rs.1568 for 1A class.

7203 represents Bhavnagar Kakinada Express. This train departs at Pune Junction/PUNE  at 22:30 and reports an arrival at 10:20 +1 night at Secunderabad Junction/SC     . 11 h 50 min are required for it to travel 597 kms of distance.It travels only on Saturdays.Cost of the tickets is Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

7017 is the number for Secunderabad Express. It starts at 22:30 in the departure point of Pune Junction/PUNE  and reaches the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 10:30 +1 night. It takes 12 h 0 min to travel 596 kms of distance. The departure days of 7017 is on  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,. They charge Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

Konark Express has the train number of 1019. It arrives the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 07:50 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Pune Junction/PUNE  at 19:05. It travels a distance of 597 kms within 12 h 45 min. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

Dadar Hyderabad Summer Special train has number of number of 0731. It starts at 21:15 in Pune Junction/PUNE  and reaches Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 10:00 +1 night. Within 12 h 45 min it travels a distance of 598 kms.The train is exclusively available only on Sunday.Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs.665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class,  are charged.

7031 train number also indicates Hyderabad Express. It leaves Pune Junction/PUNE  at 16:35 and reaches Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB at 05:55 +1 night within duration of 13 h 20 min travelling a distance of 598 kms. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.124 for general class, Rs.246 for SL class, Rs. 665 for 3A class, Rs.910 for 2A class.

7013 train number corresponds to Pune Hyderabad Express. It departs at 14:15 at the Pune Junction/PUNE  and arrives the destination at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 04:30 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 649 kms and it reaches its destination in 14 h 15 min. This train leaves on  Monday, Wednesday, Saturday. Rs.131 for general class, Rs.259 for SL class, Rs.700 for 3A class, Rs.959 for 2A class,  is charged.
www. indianrail.gov.in is the official website of the Indian railways which gives the information about the advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status.

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

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

Passengers can choose from 8 trains to travel from Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT  to Secunderabad Junction/SC .
2750 train number corresponds to LTT Vishakhapatnam SF Express. It departs at 12:25 at the Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT  and arrives the destination at Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 02:00 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 773 kms and it reaches its destination in 13 h 35 min. The departure days of 2750 is on  Sunday, Thursday,. They charge Rs.150 for general class, Rs.310 for SL class, Rs.817 for 3A class, Rs.1112 for 2A class.It is the fastest train from Mumbai to Secunderabad.

2701 train number corresponds to Hussain Sagar Express. It departs at 21:50 at the Mumbai CST/CSTM  and arrives the destination at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 12:10 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 790 kms and it reaches its destination in 14 h 20 min. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Fare for the travel is Rs.151 for general class, Rs.312 for SL class, Rs.823 for 3A class, Rs. 1119 for 2A class, Rs.1876 for 1A class.

Bhavnagar Kakinada Express has the train number of 7203. It arrives the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 10:20 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Kalyan Junction/KYN  at 19:45. It travels a distance of 735 kms within 14 h 35 min.Except Saturday the train won’t schedules.Cost of the tickets is Rs.144 for general class, Rs.282 for SL class, Rs.764 for 3A class, Rs.1047 for 2A class.

7017 train number makes up for the Secunderabad Express. It makes it departure at 19:45 in Kalyan Junction/KYN  and makes it to reach the destination at 10:30 +1 night in Secunderabad Junction/SC. It takes 14 h 45 min to pass the distance of 735 kms. The departure days of 7017 is on  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,. Fare for the travel is Rs.144 for general class, Rs.282 for SL class, Rs.764 for 3A class, Rs.1047 for 2A class.

1019 represents Konark Express. This train departs at Mumbai CST/CSTM at 15:10 and reports an arrival at 07:50 +1 night at Secunderabad Junction/SC . 16 h 40 min are required for it to travel 789 kms of distance. This is available for daily departure and daily arrival.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.

7057 is the number for Devagiri Express. It starts at 21:05 in the departure point of Mumbai CST/CSTM  and reaches the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC      at 14:15 +1 night. It takes 17 h 10 min to travel 881 kms of distance. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Rs.163 for general class, Rs.313 for SL class, Rs.851 for 3A class, Rs.1169 for 2A class, Rs. 1963 for 1A class,  are charged.

7031 train number corresponds to Hyderabad Express. It departs at 12:45 at the Mumbai CST/CSTM  and arrives the destination at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB at 05:55 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 790 kms and it reaches its destination in 17 h 10 min. It runs seven days a week. It costs Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.

0731 train number also indicates Dadar Hyderabad Summer Special. It leaves Mumbai Dadar Central/DR  at 16:50 and reaches Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 10:00 +1 night within duration of 17 h 10 min travelling a distance of 781 kms.This train is scheduled only on Sundays.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.
Official website of the Indian railways www. indianrail.gov.in   provides information about advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status.

Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad

Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad
Chowmahalla palace
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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