It is cliché to use expressions such as “Heaven on Earth” or “It’s not a hotel but an experience” when describing the Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. All are true. For lack of knowledge of any Indian literature describing the place, I rely on an old French favorite poet of mine, Baudelaire, though it has nothing to do with India.Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté.Des meubles luisants, Polis par les ans,
Décoreraient notre chambre;Les plus rares fleurs Mêlant leurs odeurs
Aux vagues senteurs de l’ambre,Les riches plafonds,
Les miroirs profonds,
La splendeur orientale,Tout y parlerait À l’âme en secret Sa douce langue natale. Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté,
Luxe, calme et volupté.
Charles Baudelaire, L’invitation au voyage (exerpt)
There are thousands of beautiful pictures of the Palace that you can find online. The hospitality is such that we felt at home there, and most people don’t snap pictures of their homes. Don’t get me wrong, we do not live in anything comparable to this. No Christofle silverware at home, no European trained chef, no turn down service, no pool attendant with drinks, sunscreen and towels, no marble or library full of first editions. No Chotha the baby monkey either, the kittens probably wouldn’t like him! The photos I am posting here reflect the atmosphere of calm and serenity. We were guests of the Nizam, whom we expected would show up at any time, from behind a marble column, greeting us with a friendly: “Here you are, it’s so nice to see you again”. Well, not really!
Next time, maybe.
Vau I am in love with this picture . So good !
I meant first picture . But others are so good as well . Love your photography-
Thanks. My husband took that picture while I was having my sari draped for our anniversary evening. It took a bit longer than anticipated so he had time to snap a few shots.
Hehehe Funny my boyfriend comes from Hyderabad. Looking forward to go there as well .How is it ? 🙂 Seems so beautiful .
It is. The city has so much history.
Yes i was reading your post.Looking forward to go there 🙂
Thank you for sharing your post.
Love the pictures!