India has no shortage of luxury hotels to review — but only a select few fall into the super luxury category. The kind of place that takes your breath away — not just with its unrivalled beauty, but with the eye-watering price tag that naturally goes along with it. After taking a high tea experience, I got an access-all-areas tour of the property, including parts of the hotel not normally accessible to non-residents. Taj Falaknuma Palace was built in and is spread over 32 acres, with 60 bedrooms and suites. There are three dining venues at the property and a Hookah Lounge, where you can take drinks. The palace is located 2, feet above the city of Hyderabad, which makes the views even better from here.
Staying at Falaknuma is like holding a mirror up to our past
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The best-known are in the state of Rajasthan, southwest of Delhi. But in the current economic boom, new areas are on the rise. Today, Hyderabad hosts the Indian headquarters of Microsoft. And the newly restored Taj Falaknuma Palace is now perhaps the most opulent palace hotel of all.
I was considering booking an overnight stay to review Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, though I finally decided to just book the high tea experience, along with a heritage tour of the palace. This is part two of our article on Taj Falaknuma Palace — you can check out a Palace Room bedroom and get some background on this historic property here, in part one. I decided to arrive early in advance of my tour at 3pm there are numerous tours held throughout the day and was mesmerized by everything I saw…. Syed, the personal bodyguard of the eighth generation of Nizams, asked us to gather around and introduced himself before giving us background knowledge of the palace, and taking us on our tour. Syed told how the palace took ten years to be built.