Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
In Urdu, it means the "mirror to the sky". In history, it stands for the decadent and extravagantly beautiful home of the Nizams.
Taj Falaknuma Palace is the palace that was once home to the world-renowned Kohinoor and Jacob diamonds. It is said that the treasure chests of this palace held enough pearls to pave the streets of Piccadilly. As the former residence of the most extravagant of all members of royalty, Taj Falaknuma Palace is a museum of luxury. Chatoyant tapestries made of metallic copper yarn, Venetian and Belgian cut-glass chandeliers, a Jade room, a billiards table that has its duplicate only at the Buckingham Palace – the list could go on and on.
This palace is now lovingly restored under the personal supervision of Her Highness Princess Esra and stands gleaming 2,000 feet above the rest of the city and many feet above the rest of the world. With a banquet on the world's largest dining table and a night at a suite that comes with its own private swimming pool, a wedding here is as much of a glorious journey into the past as it is a celebration of your present.
101 Dining Hall - This fabulous dining room boasts of a table that was built in seven parts and still has the aura of one that groaned under the weight of the Nizam's shikaar. Traditional butlers lead you to a room that gleams with royal silver. And a hundred and one leather-covered chairs invite you to a sit-down meal that's lit by a hundred and one candles.
Not content with having the largest dining table in the world, this room also possesses the largest chandelier in the palace. Chefs swear that the pictorial menus on the walls still inspire them to outdo themselves. Originally built as a table to echo even the quietest whisper and therefore avoid conspiracies, you will now find your guests conspiring to tell each other about how fabulous the authentic six-course traditional Hyderabadi cuisine is.
For an unforgettable after-dinner experience head to the Hookah Lounge, where jazz, rare cognacs, single malts and Cuban cigars create the perfect ambience for a game at the Nizam's own billiards table. This, along with the Palace Facade for your cocktails, the Gol Bungalow with its stain-glassed dome, and the 2,000 sq. ft. Durbar Hall that allows for a reception-style gathering, is sure to make your wedding banquet an event as royal as the Nizam's once was.