Hyderabad: Taj Falaknuma, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hosts Ivanka Trump for a dinner on Tuesday. The venue for the dinner will be the Nizam of Hyderabad famous ‘101 Dining Hall’ at the Palace hotel.
The spectacular dining hall is the world’s largest and can seat 101 guests as its name suggests, according to Taj Hotels, which runs the property. The grand hall has sophisticated wood interiors, ornate crystal chandeliers, and acoustics that let visitors hear whispers from one corner of the room to another, Taj says.
Ms Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, is flying to India next week to attend a business conclave.
The magnificent palace was once the residence of Mir Mahboob Ali Khan (1869-1911), the sixth Nizam, the palace had been lying unused since 1911. Taj Group had converted the palace into hotel about a decade ago.
The palace was built by Nawab Vaqar-ul-Umra, Nizam’s prime minister in 1893 and named as Falaknuma which means “Mirror of the Sky”, impressed by its magnificence, 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.
“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,” Hyderabad Police Commissioner VV Srinivas Rao said.
Falaknuma is located in the old city of Hyderabad; about 30 km from Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) where Ivanka Trump will address the Global Entrepreneurship Summit along with PM. Heavy security measurements with 2000 police personnel will be deployed for this event.
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.