The official residence of the Nizams while they were the authority of the state, this ws a prominent seat of the famous Asaf Jahi Dyansty. The palace in the local language is called as the Chowmallattuu Palace. The construction began in the year 1750 by Nizam Salabhat Jung and was finally completed in the year 1864- 69 by Nizam Afzar- Ud Dawla Bahadur. Stretching from the Laad Bazar to the Aspan Chowk, the palace is a replica of the Shah's Palace in Teheran of Italy. The palace in spite of being so old has held on nicely to its former beauty and glory and is ageing with absolute grace. The detailing of the architecture and designs is fantastic. Apart from the beautoful lawns and and gardens the Tehniyat Mahal, Afzal, Mehtab and Aftab Mahals are very popular attractions in here.
Taj Falaknuma Palace
The Taj Falaknuma is a palace which has been converted into a hotel property by the Taj Group. Amazing hotel with the best views of the city, it lies at a distance from the city. Worth a visit if you have an extra day and are willing to spoil yourself in luxury. There are entry fees for entering the hotel property.
So, after having our breakfast at home, we left by car at around 08.30 AM, because we knew we would reach there by 10.30 AM even after clearing the traffic jams. Being Sunday, the traffic would anyway be a little less. So, as planned we reached at 10.15 AM and after parking our car at the entrance, we started our pada yatra. When first, you look at any hill or mountain, you feel at awe and wonder how you will climb so many steps. But mind you, that’s the best form of exercise and most lung friendly activity which not only fills your lungs with fresh air, but also makes your blood pure and your heart function properly. That’s why I always love mountains.The view from the top is always alluring. You feel like a bird. You feel as if you have conquered the world and you are the King.After having spent half a day, and having our lunch up there, it was almost 03.30 PM and the Sun was descending, and so was the time for us to descend too, from the top of the mountain. But it was truly a day well spent. We felt good, rather refreshed both in body and mind.Back home, it was the usual Kitchen for my wife, Books for my Kids and Office Work for me. But the approach towards Work changes and you do it with renewed energy, and the result is always positive.Would like to quote John Ruskin here, "Mountains are the Beginning and the End of all Natural Scenery"