Falaknuma Palace Images: Expect The Royal Treatment in Hyderabad India

Falaknuma Palace Images: horse drawn carriage
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).
Falaknuma Palace Images: the free golf cart to the palace
We were impressed by the sun bleached exterior of the palace as we rolled past.
Falaknuma Palace Images: arriving at the palace
The golf cart dropped us off and we looked back at a side building done in the Mughal style.
Falaknuma Palace Images: side building done in Mughal style

The European Side of Falaknuma Palace

The rest of Falaknuma Palace felt quite European in architecture...from these silver lampposts...
Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad Images: silver lampposts
...to the columned facade.
Falaknuma Palace Photos: the front entrance
A number of antique cannons pointed outward from the terrace toward the city below.
Falaknuma Palace Pictures: historic cannon
Classic European-style sculptures anchored the edges of the terrace.
Falaknuma Palace Images: Sculptures in the courtyard
Falaknuma Palace Images: Sculptures on the terrace

Admire Views of Hyderabad from Falaknuma Palace

We looked down from the hill and could see the center of Hyderabad, including Charminar, in the smoggy distance.
Views of Hyderabad from Falaknuma Palace
The beautiful greens of the trees and grass popped against the heat induced smog.
Views of Hyderabad from Falaknuma Palace

The Front Porch of Falaknuma Palace

We walked onto the front porch which was cooled by the marble floors.  Giant columns of dark wood stood sentinel.
Falaknuma Palace Images: The front porch with giant columns of dark wood
A series of intricate double doors stood out against a geometric-patterned tiled floor.
Falaknuma Palace Images: double doors and an intricately patterned marble floor
We turned back to take one last look at the terrace before ducking inside.

The Museum at Falaknuma Palace

There 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 Images: the terrace looking out over Hyderabad
We soon emerged onto an interior courtyard and took a walk around since we were early for our lunch reservation.
Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad Images: interior courtyard
An impressive cobbled path lined the interior.
Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad Images: interior courtyard
Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad Images: cobbled path
Beautiful trees with orange flowers added some vibrant color to the scene.
Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad Images: Flowering trees in the courtyard
We emerged onto a Victorian-styled terrace near the restaurant.
Falaknuma Palace Images: Victorian-era glass gazebo
An antique stained-glass dome topped the structure.
Falaknuma Palace Images: Victorian-era glass dome
We could see the chaos of Hyderabad sprawled out below.
Views of Hyderabad India from Falaknuma Palace
Views of Hyderabad India from Falaknuma Palace
I even caught a glimpse of some children playing a pick-up game of cricket.
Views of Hyderabad India from Falaknuma Palace: children playing cricket
Small fountains provided a welcome playground for the resident pigeons.
Falaknuma Palace photos: fountain
Falaknuma Palace pictures: pigeons in the courtyard

Falaknuma Palace Hotel

The 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!
Falaknuma Palace Images: sitting area for hotel guests

The Secret Gardens of Falaknuma Palace

We caught a glimpse of another terrace off to the side of the central courtyard and made our way to it.
Falaknuma Palace Images: courtyard
We emerged onto a lush garden shaded with palms.
Falaknuma Palace Images: secret terrace
We spotted an antique bathtub that was now home to lily pads and other greenery.
Falaknuma Palace Images: antique bathtub
The palms themselves were heavily laden with dates.
Falaknuma Palace Images: palm tree laden with dates
The garden continued along the outside of the Palace.
Falaknuma Palace Images: lush garden
We stopped for a few minutes to rest in the heat on this shaded wrought iron bench.
Falaknuma Palace Images: wrought iron bench
The tangle of leaves above offered welcome cover from the sun.
Trees offer shade from the hot sun at Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad India

A Six Course Lunch at Falaknuma Palace

Finally 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.
Backpack on a pedestal at Falaknuma Palace
The dining room was tastefully decorated with small chandeliers and high ceilings.
Falaknuma Palace Images: high ceilings and chandeliers at the restaurant
We were the first to arrive for lunch that day and business seemed a bit slow (another couple arrived just as we were finishing up).
Falaknuma Palace Images: the dining room
Falaknuma Palace Images: flowers and a stately mirror
The food itself was amazing.  The meal started with poppadoms and a variety of chutneys.
Falaknuma Palace images: poppadoms and chutneys
Mangoes were in season during our visit so, of course, I had to try a mango cocktail.
Mango cocktail at Falaknuma Palace
We each had our own colorful fruity drink to kick off the meal.
Fruity cocktails at Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad India
The first course was a pan fried corn cake.
Lunch at Falaknuma Palace: pan-fried corn cake
Next up was a trio of vegetarian appetizers including chargrilled baby corn, paneer cheese, and another pan-fried cake.
Lunch at Falaknuma Palace: trio of vegetarian appetizers
The waiters delivered an egg-shaped dish to our plates...
Lunch at Falaknuma Palace: egg-shaped dish
Inside we found an exquisite tamarind sorbet to cleanse our palates.
Lunch at Falaknuma Palace: tamarind sorbet
The main courses were served in shiny brass pots alongside a heaping basket of naan.
Lunch at Falaknuma Palace
I opted for the vegetarian choices (part of my strategy when in India to avoid food poisoning due to a sensitive western stomach).  I tried a dollop each of a delicious veg curry, paneer makhni, black lentils, and a creamy spinach dish.
Lunch at Falaknuma Palace: vegetarian curries
A refreshing cold towel arrived on a pearlescent platter.
Falaknuma Palace Images: Refreshing towel
Dessert consisted of five mini-dishes including a creamy yogurt, spiced apples, apricots stuffed with a sweet cheese, and a beetroot pudding.
Falaknuma Palace Images: 5 mini-desserts
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

After a very filling and satisfying lunch, we retraced our steps through the courtyard.
Falaknuma Palace Images: courtyard
We took one last look out across the city drawing a sightline over one of the cannons.
Falaknuma Palace Images: lamppost and cannon
The golf cart bumped its way down the cobbled driveway back to the entrance gate.
Falaknuma Palace Images: departing in a golf cart
Falaknuma Palace Images: gatehouse
Falaknuma Palace is definitely worth a splurge if you find yourself in Hyderabad.
Falaknuma Palace golf cart driver

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