Sunday, March 25, 2012

Taj Falaknuma Palace - The Central Courtyard and Belvedere

Stepping out of the rear vestibule of the central Palace building block of Falaknuma there are lawns with cooling fountains in the courtyard created by the large rear wings of the building. The West wing was the zenana or womens quarters, the East wing contained kitchens and stores. Today both wings  have been renovated into hotel rooms and the spa.  At the far end completing the square of the courtyard is the oval room known as the Azam Jah Museum where once were displayed portraits of British royalty. Walking through the oval room one reaches the Belvedere where a panoramic view to the south of Hyderabad can be enjoyed. The amazing handpainted stained glass dome survives to this day. Afternoon tea was served here as the evening breeze came up and cooled the palace inhabitants.

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