While soaking in the view, the tale of Taj Falaknuma Palace was told. Prime Minister Sir Nawab Vikar-Ul Umra designed Falaknuma meaning “mirror of the sky,” in the shape of a scorpion, Sir Vikar’s star sign. The finished product was notable not only for its size, cost and beauty, but for being the first residence in India to have electricity. When it was completed, Sir Vikar was left bankrupt but proud, and he invited his brother-in-law, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, to visit the palace. As the story goes, the Nizam loved Falaknuma so much that Sir Vikar gifted it to him. Luckily for Sir Vikar, the Nizam declined to accept such a large gift without payment!
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