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The Golden Collection in Falaknuma Palace

Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad
Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad
Falaknuma Palace is one of the grandest Indian Places located about 5 km from Charminar and built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra. Falak-numa literally means "Like the Sky" or "Mirror of the Sky" is a treat to watch and one of the finest tourist attractions of Hyderabad. It was purchased by H.H. the Nizam VI, Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan Bahadur in 1897 and as was used as a royal guest house. The architectural wonder was designed by an Italian architect and is laid out in the shape of a scorpion.

The palace stands atop a 2000 feet high hill and is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. The lavish interiors amazes its visitors while its glass stained windows throw a spectrum of colors into the rooms. The Nawab was an avid traveler and was famous for having a large collection of paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books which are housed inside the palace.

There is an exceptional collection of Jade inside the palace and the library with a walnut carved roof features one of the finest collections of the Holy Quran in India. A two ton manually operated organ at the ballroom of Falaknuma Palace is probably one of its kinds in the world whereas the table in the dining hall can accommodate 100 guests at one sitting. Other important attractions in Falaknuma Palace are carved rosewood chairs, gold and crystal tableware, marble stairway and oil paintings of the Asaf Jahi family and notable dignitaries.