Falaknuma Palace images still dance in my mind from the time I took my team out for a posh six course lunch in Hyderabad India. You can visit Falaknuma Palace for dinner or high tea, but we found Falaknuma Palace's lunch service to be amazing and a bit more affordable. What better way to take a midday break than a gourmet menu and a walk around the historic grounds of this top Hyderabad point of interest taking plenty of photos along the way.
From the Gatehouse to Falaknuma Palace
Our cab pulled onto the grounds after the ~1 hour ride from HITEC City. We were delighted to see this horse drawn carriage roll pass. Alas, it wasn't for us and I was told later that it costs 12000 rupees (>$200) to take this mode of transportation from the gatehouse to the palace.
We piled into the free golf cart that drove us to the entrance. It had the added benefit of moving fast enough to generate a cooling breeze to break the oppressive heat (>100 °F).
The European Side of Falaknuma PalaceThe rest of Falaknuma Palace felt quite European in architecture...from these silver lampposts...
Admire Views of Hyderabad from Falaknuma PalaceWe looked down from the hill and could see the center of Hyderabad, including Charminar, in the smoggy distance.
The Front Porch of Falaknuma PalaceWe walked onto the front porch which was cooled by the marble floors. Giant columns of dark wood stood sentinel.
The Museum at Falaknuma PalaceThere was a small museum inside the palace decked out in historical furnishings and featuring large dramatic painted portraits of the Nizams (historic Muslim rulers of Hyderabad) who called Falaknuma home. Photos weren't allowed inside.
Iconic Falaknuma Palace Images in the Courtyard
Falaknuma Palace HotelThe Falaknuma Palace is now run as a hotel (part of the Taj chain). The rooms ran alongside the interior courtyard with rattan furniture offering a shaded place for guests to sit outside. Rumor has it that rooms here cost upwards of $500 dollars per night!
The Secret Gardens of Falaknuma PalaceWe caught a glimpse of another terrace off to the side of the central courtyard and made our way to it.
A Six Course Lunch at Falaknuma PalaceFinally it was time for our lunch reservation and we were ushered into the dining room. I had a small backpack with me which the host immediately took and put on its own personal pedestal next to the table.
The dining room was tastefully decorated with small chandeliers and high ceilings.
I managed to devour all of the desserts except for a smidge of the beetroot. It was just too unusual of a flavor for dessert.
A Post-Lunch Stroll of the Grounds at Falaknuma Palace
We took one last look out across the city drawing a sightline over one of the cannons.