Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Hyderabad: Palaces of the Nizams: Photo 16
Front view, from the overgrown terrace. Designed by British architects in 1872, Falaknuma was built as a private home by Sir Vikar-ul-Umra, who served as the sixth nizam's prime minister. During a visit in 1895, the nizam became enamored of it, whereupon it was his. He did later pay for it, but he never had much use for the place, which became a spectacular guest house for visitors, especially India's viceroys. When these pictures were taken in 1981, the palace had been empty for many years, though caretakers lived on the premises. In 2010 the premises opened as a Taj hotel, with very high prices and promotional nonsense about the place having been the cherished residence of a grand line of nizams.
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