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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Market place and touristic attractions of Cherrapunji

Market place and touristic attractions of Cherrapunji


Heavy rains wash out the top soil on the plateau and now Cherrapunji remained as a market place.  People of nearby villages come and sell their things here.  This market is held for every 8 days.  Government offices and hospitals work compulsorily on that day.  Taxis and Buses are also over crowded on the market day.
Though rainfall has decreased there are many places to be visited in Cherrapunji.  Nahkalikai waterfall is the 4th highest waterfall in the world. Honey, pepper, betel nuts and cinnamon are cheaper here.  Nohsngithiang waterfalls which are also called Seven sisters falls are another attraction.  This is at a height of 4,500 feet and Bangladesh is clearly visible from this height.  Mawsmai caves are located nearby.

Presently main attractions are Cherrapunji are the waterfalls and the limestone caves.  Mawsmai is one such cave. The ceiling of this cave is 30 – 40 feet at some places.  Water trickles from the ceiling.   These caves are very dark. Trekking and adventure caving facilities are available for those who are interested.

Cherrapunji is famous for root bridges.  These are formed with the roots of big trees.  These bridges can bear the weight of 50 people.  October – April is the best place to visit Cherrapunji.

Where is Anjuna Beach in Goa? | How to reach Anjuna Beach? | Interesting places in and around Anjuna village

Where is Anjuna Beach in Goa? | How to reach Anjuna Beach? | Interesting places in and around Anjuna village

Anjuna Beach Goa

Many people plan to spend their holidays in Ooty or Kodaikanal to get relief from souring summer heat.  Visit Goa this time.  Get over fatigue on the beautiful Anjuna beach.  Preserve those beautiful moments for a life time.

Anjuna beach is situated at 18 kilometers from the capital city of Goa.  This is praised as heaven by the tourists.  The waves of Arabian ocean entrance the tourists.  Anjuna beach is care of address for full moon day parties.  These parties are the main attraction here.  There is a fair on every Wednesday.  Nature lovers should visit Anjuna beach at least once in a life time, which gives mental peace as well as experiences which can be preserved for a life time.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Goa is the best place to get mental peace and to spend time in the nature, forgetting the outside world.  Anjuna village lies between Arabian sea and high mountain range, in an area of five square miles. A cave which is formed naturally with big mountain rocks is very beautiful.  The beauty of this cave, which is formed with the combination of white sand and black rocks, cannot be described.  Tourists who visit Anjuna beach, will  desire  to come back again and again.

Trader’s heaven

Wednesday’s in Anjuna, bustle with activity.  This place is crowded with tourist’s vehicle from 11 am itself.  The Wednesday fair is called ‘Wednesday Day flea market’.  Everything is available here.  This is described as the heaven of traders.  Beautifully designed Tibet, Kashmiri and Gujarati clothes are available cheaply here.  Traditional handicrafts are also available here.  Along with these European snacks, music cassettes under the name ‘Goa trans’ are sold like hot cakes.  Artificial jewellery and T-shirts are also available for lesser prices.

Anjuna beach is famous for full moon parties.  Young tourists are attracted to these parties.  There is a worldwide craze for these full moon parties.  These parties continue till the early mornings.  And beach fires go through all the night.  The parties with the full moon light and back ground music of the waves of Arabian Sea stay in the memories of tourists for a long time.  The traditional dances for western music by hippies are the high light of these parties.


Goa has a pleasant atmosphere throughout the year. Coats made with thin wool are needed in December and January months.  April and May months are warmer.  June and October months witness heavy rains. In summer the temperatures are between 240 centigrade and 32.70 centigrade. In winter the temperatures vary between 21.30 and 32.20.

Air Services: Tourists can reach Anjuna beach in many ways.  Air services are available till Dabolim Airport which is 29 kms from Panaji.  Anjuna beach is at the distance of 47 kms from ‘Dabolim’.

Train Journey: Tourists can get down at Karmali Railway Station which is 11 kms from Panaji and reach Anjuna beach which is 29 kms from there.

Road ways: Buses to Anjuna beach (8 kms from Mapusa) are available for every one hour from Mapusa which is at a distance of 18 kms from Panaji. Local bus services are also plenty. Tourists also can hire a motor cycle or a taxi from ‘Mapusa’.

What to see in and around Aurangabad | Road (Route) map to Aurangabad from Shirdi

What to see in and around Aurangabad | Road (Route) map to Aurangabad from Shirdi

Aurangabad is the city which is formed based on the name of the king Aurangzeb who is the last of the Mughal Emperors. There are no special places to be visited in this place but the Aurangabad is the way to reach the famous tourist spots, Ajanta and Ellora caves. The Ellora caves are 32km away from Aurangabad. The Daulatabad fort is at the route of Ellora. The Ghrushneshwar temple which is one among the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas is at the second side of the Ellora caves. The Ajanta caves are 105km away from the East of the Aurangabad. There is the construction of Bibika- Macbara which is at one end of the Aurangabad, which is built by the son of Aurangzeb in the memorial of the wife of Aurangzeb. It appears same like that of the Taj Mahal which is in Agra but it is not as big as of the original Taj and also not as beautiful as Taj.

The Panchakki place is on the other end of Aurangabad. There is a story that one orphan old man had made a permanent living in this place by taking care of the orphan children and used to take care of them. As the children cannot do the heavy works he used to place the small utensils which are useful in cooking like grinding stones of flour mill and other heavy utensils which are useful in the process of cooking. He also made arrangements to get the water from the pipes from the water project which is near to the Aurangabad. He used the force of that water to work as the power supplier for those five utensils and made use of those utensils. By this arrangement, the children used to cook the food very easily without any hard work. The place where those five utensils are there is called as Panchakki. The tomb of that old orphan is in that surrounding only. Just one km away Aurangabad, there are Ellora like caves but the complete area has become like a forest and it is not possible to reach that place.

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Arrival of British to Shillong

Arrival of British to Shillong


In 19th century, British were searching for cool places unable to bear the heat of the Indian summer.  They reached Shillong and achieved supremacy over the Khasi tribes.  They planted pine, fir and other fruits trees.  They constructed buildings and named them after British.  Shillong is also called the ‘Scotland of the East’.

The influence of British on the Khasi tribe can be still felt with the number of cathedrals in the town, wood houses, the Khasi script in Roman letters and the rock music heard from every house.  Shillong is the birth place of many world famous rock musicians.  Heritage hotels which can be seen in Shillong were built by British.  Pianos, ball rooms, furniture, cutlery and fire places in the hotels remind the British culture.

Gwalior Fort at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gwalior Fort

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 singhHargobind singh’s shirt was torn in to pieces and made like a rope.  All kings came out holding that rope.

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