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India's Taj Falaknuma Palace Might Just Be a Librarian's Double Rainbow

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January 7, 2011 at 2:06 PM | by | ()

The newly opened Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India, has a lot of cool features, like it is one of the country's last remaining grand palaces, and it's built entirely of Italian marble and in the shape of a scorpion. But the geeks that we are, we're digging its expansive library.

The hotel carries more than 5,900 books in its Imperial Library. You'll find tomes on literature, history and religion. Though the standout is a rare collection of the holy Quran.

The library is actually a replica of the one at Windsor Castle, meaning it ain't like your local public library. This is a place with rich history, which can be seen in its decor. It has a mahogany and ebony ceiling with wood-inlayed panels. The panels are engraved with the initials "V & O" after Prime Minister Sir Vicar Ul Omra, who built the palace in 1884. The room is also filled with teak and rosewood and lined with bookcases of rare books and manuscripts.

If you want to stay in this palace and check out its library, rooms start at 18,750 Indian rupees, or about $414.

[Photo: Taj Falaknuma Palace]

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