ABOVE THE CITY
My next stop in India was Hyderabad, and standing proud above the city is another one of Taj Hotels beautifully converted palaces, Falaknuma Palace, which literally translated, means ‘Mirror of the Sky’.
Upon arrival (which in natural royal homage, is by horse and carriage), to this epic entrance, you’re welcomed by falling rose petals from the towering baby blue palace. Falaknuma Palace is like a relaxing retreat from what is otherwise a buzzing, vibrant city full of all of the typical colours, aromas and treasures that you’d expect to find in traditional India.
We spent time by the pool, which on a scorching hot day felt like being in an oasis, enjoyed a relaxing massage in the spa and practised yoga at dawn on the lawn in one of the palace’s many gardens.
One of my favourite memories from the entire trip was being dressed in our sari’s for an epic dinner in the banquet hall once dined in by the Nizam many years ago when the palace used to be his royal home. There’s no doubt that feeling like royalty when staying here is just a natural occurrence.
I also took some photographs when we went jewellery shopping and I just fell in love with the energy of the market, it was incredible and so full of life. I wish I could have spent more time in India to properly explore, but I guess it’s always a reason to head back and discover more of this beautiful, energetic city.