Nizam’s famous ‘101 Dining Hall’ at Taj Falaknuma decked for Modi-Ivanka dinner

HYDERABAD: Taj Falaknuma, the palace hotel where Modi will be hosting a dinner for United States President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump and other delegates on November 28.

She will not only having a dinner at Nizam’s famous ‘101 Dining Hall’, the world’s largest dining hall but also get the opportunity to see the magnificent palace, a symbol of India’s long Muslim rule and culture.

Once the residence of Mir Mahboob Ali Khan (1869-1911), the sixth Nizam, the palace had been lying unused since 1911.

It was Nawab Vaqar-ul-Umra, the Nizam’s prime minister, who built the palace in 1893. Impressed by its magnificence, the Nizam bought it for himself.

The interiors of the scorpion-shaped Falaknuma Palace are a statement in royal opulence, replete in its large Venetian chandeliers, rare furniture, grand marble staircases, priceless statues and objects d’art and murals encased in ornate frames along with a Palace Library, which is a collector’s envy and home to rare manuscripts and an acclaimed collections of books.

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V V Srinivasa Rao, Commissioner of Police Hyderabad informed, “Ms Trump would be arriving on the early hours of 28th (Tuesday)… Ms Trump and honourable Prime Minister will be dining with selected 100 guests. There will be another dinner in another other place, the lawns on the lower level of Falaknuma Palace, which can take about 2,000 guests.”

Falaknuma is located in the old city of Hyderabad, about 30 km from HICC and surrounded by densely populated neighbourhoods and narrow roads. The area is virtually under the control of the police and security agencies working to ensure fool-proof security.

“2000 police personals will be dedicatedly deployed for this event. They will be working on it. All city forces will also be focusing on these Golconda and Falaknuma events,” said Srinivasa.

The state government is spending Rs 8 crore on organising the summit, dinner and transport arrangements. This does not include the money being spent by GHMC for beautification around the venue, Falaknuma, Golconda and also near the star hotels where the delegates will be staying.

With agencies input