India is a beautiful country full of palaces that look like they were taken off of the pages of a fairytale. In Hyderabad, the Taj Falaknuma Palace is one of the most sumptuous palaces in the region.
The Taj Falaknuma was built in 1894, for a nobleman before it was sold off. It changed hands a few times before it eventually became a guesthouse for important VIPs. In the 1990s, it was renovated to modern standards and turned into a hotel fit for royalty. The entire palace is full of antiques and priceless artifacts from the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, whose family now owns it. The Palace Library is a must-visit for anyone who loves books, as it contains over 6,000 books, many of them quite rare.
There are only 60 rooms in the palace, but each one is sumptuously decorated in a Venetian style. Each room has a canopied bed, expensive linens, and colonial touches. You will feel like you have walked back in time. Be sure to book a suite, if you really want to feel like a foreign dignitary for an evening.
The surroundings are just as beautiful as the palace itself. There is a pool to dive into after a long day of sightseeing and well-maintained garden paths to wander around on. You won’t forget your stay here.