Falaknuma: an Indian palace is reborn

The home of the scandalous Nizams of Hyderabad is now a hotel.

Words: Lee Tulloch, Photography: Tony Amos
Gol bungalow terrace, carriage
entrance to Adaa, suite
croquet lawn
billiard room, ballroom
dining room, foyer
Jade Room
stables, terrace
breakfast, view from bar
pavilion at croquet lawn, smoking room
view from zenana
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The Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad was once the world’s richest man. Eccentric and profligate, he collected enough pearls to fill an Olympic swimming pool, used the 400-carat Jacob diamond as a paperweight, and had so much cash lying around that it was snacked on by rats. He was also very cheap. He knitted his own socks and drove an old Ford. His palace fell into ruins around him – until the Taj Group rescued it with a mindblowing, 15 year restoration.

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