This post is a continuation of the Taj Falaknuma series as it celebrates it’s 5th year anniversary. If the last post focused on the splendor and enchanting royalty associated with the Falaknuma Palace, the grand corridors and a relaxed view of the Hyderabad cityscape as you settle down to have a sip a hot cup of tea. This shall further continue on the journey of places yet unopened….
I’m not even going to get into talking about majestic and opulence of the palace. Coz stepping into that territory will have me penning poetry about the palace. This is a simple journey of a story of secularism. Everyone has always talked and discussed about how rich the Nizam of Hyderabad was. His extremes of living surrounded with riches and luxury. But no one ever pens the story his intelligence, his secular thinking, his fondness of the arts and his kindness.
The Coronation Hall at the Taj Falaknuma reiterates that fact. Locked away for more than 80 years, the Taj finally got to restoring it and converting it to a beautiful restaurant. A walk through the Coronation Hall is a walk through history with anecdotes and stories. If I were to mildly put it….it’s “Simplistically Elegant”.
The Coronation Hall is almost like a whole being consisting of five different parts. Each part signifies one particular brand of architecture and religious practice. The first room brings with it the polished Mughal architecture. A beautiful representation of the “Tree of Life” adorns the walls. As you move on, the room transforms to Chinese work of art. Minutely detailed works of craftsmanship, artistically covers the room. Miniature works resplendent of pagodas adorn the top of entrance-ways.
As you step into the next room you can’t help but notice the darbar-like feeling. Inspired straight out of Mughal architecture, it resembles the courts where judgments were passed. There is finesse in the woodwork as it adorns the walls. But my favorite has to be the area which exhibited Buddhism. The room as itself is empty except for the entrance-like structure in the center. Soon as you enter you can’t help noticing the fragrance of sandalwood in the air. The structure has a sophisticated carvings depicting Buddhism. Right from the conversion of Siddhartha to Buddha, his life and teachings, his attainment of enlightenment.
The last portion which completes the coronation room is the Hindu-style of architecture. The portion is made to resemble the Parnasala, the hut that Lord Ram stayed in during his exile. The story goes all the work of art which are part of the Coronation Room had been brought down by different artists from each land. While Burma and Chinese got their Chinese and Buddhism works, South India displayed the parnasala. But the crafts were so costly that no one could afford them. But the Nizam with his immense wealth picked up all of them to be displayed in his Coronation Room.
The outer balcony faces out to a beautiful lit indoor swimming pool. The Taj has converted this area to a restaurant called ‘The Grills’. True to it’s name, The Grills caters only to different forms of grilled food while some beautiful live music plays. The Grills is open only on Weekend Nights and upon prior reservation. As we’ve always stated multiple times, Taj isn’t just a hotel…It’s an experience. And experience worth a lifetime.
Here are some videos of the beautiful Qawwali Night and the fireworks display on the launch of The Grills.
Featured Image Courtesy: Pallavi Ruhail