India was once a land of princely states with several Palaces found throughout the country. As a democratic nation, many kingdoms have since disintegrated, leaving behind the grand properties, which have since become luxury hotels. Adding to the impressive list of Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces is the Taj Falaknuma Palace or “Mirror of the Sky”, Hyderabad, India. Originally the residence of Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan, the latest Taj is an Italian marble delight shaped like a scorpion as it spans to 32 acres including its cascading gardens with outdoor terraces and pool.
The interiors feature a stunning collection of ornate furniture, Jade, hand-made French tapestries and brocades, and English frescos with a dash of Indian-ness. The hotel has 60 rooms and suites include the private chambers of the Nizam himself converted to a Grand Presidential Suite. The hotel will see two restaurants, Celeste serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, and Ada, specializing in Indian and special Hyderabadi flavors. Apart from the Jade Veranda and the Jade Room, guests can also help themselves to the Royal Jiva Spa, which would offer traditional Indian holistic spa treatments.