Taj Falaknuma Palace — Hyderabad, India

Falaknuma means “Mirror of the Sky”

The exterior was painted more than 100 times so it would match the color of the sky at dusk

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Chowmahalla PalaceWelcome to HyderabadTaj picks you up in a JAGUAR!Cold water and towelsEntrance signPalace entranceUp closeHorse-drawn carriageWhite horses whisk us to the palace entranceAlmost there (The property is 34 acres)Welcome committeeWelcome drinksThe former residence of the Nizam of HyderabadFalaknuma Palace has been leased by the Royal Family to the Taj GroupThe property sits on 34 acres of land, 2000 feet above HyderabadOur groupA rose petal shower greets guests upon arrivalIt's going to be tough to top this for the honeymoonRose petals scattered on the marble staircase add to the magicWelcome blessingMy new BindyRebikaEntrance to the palacePalace at night6:25amIndian sunriseView from terraceCourtyardThe palace library holds 5,970 booksThe former Nizam's office is now used as the lobbyStained glass of Queen MaryStained glass of King GeorgeBusiness center to check emailsPalace tour with historian11th edition of Encyclopedia of Britannica from 1910Paintings of the royal family grace the palace wallsThe Queen's bedroomBilliards roomThe dining table seats 101 guests making it the world's longestThe acoustics are so amazing you can have a conversation with the person on the opposite end without raising your voiceVictorian culinary scenes on the walls allowed the Nizam to point to what he wanted for dinner.The sun sets on Falaknuma PalaceGol Bungalow modeled after White House on one side and Buckingham Palace on the other.Nizam Suite is the largest guest room on propertyThe Nizam Suite's private poolNizam Suite Master bedroomJasmine flowers by the handfulLocal musicians play dailyWorker runs to turn off sprinkler so we wouldn't get wetRoom keysCeleste serves classical Italian and Mediterranean fareCeleste dining roomCarrot, apple and ginger drinkBottled water coverFresh bread at lunchFried tofu with sweet chili sauceCorn "Two Ways"Natalie's Insalata CapreseSpaghetti PomodoroOregano, chili flakes and fresh parmesan cheeseJiva SpaFresh flowers can be found all over the spaVishuddhi chai: Lemon juice, jaggary and holy basilCold welcome towelsEvery room has a butlerOur room doorOur roomDeskLiving roomClosetBathroomBathtubSoft robesShampoosAmenitiesFresh fruitBed is made each day for an afternoon siestaBreakfast buffetIndian specialtiesBuffetBuffet upcloseUpma and PohaPav BhajiLocal musiciansBanana pancakesFresh lweet lime and pineapple juiceChampagne for breakfastPastry trayPastry trolleyChef making DosaDosa!Taj Falaknuma Palace -- Hyderabad, IndiaCould've had an omelet

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