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Hyderabad: Heritage Walking Tour of Old City and Charminar

1. Hyderabad: Heritage Walking Tour of Old City and Charminar

Set off on a 3-hour walking tour of the Old City of Hyderabad. Navigate through colorful markets and make your way to historic mosques and mansions. Accompanied by your local guide, hear the stories of the Nizams and the people of Hyderabad. Choose from flexible options of a private tour, exclusive to your booking, or meet other travelers in a shared, join-in tour. You can also request hotel pickup and drop-off for added convenience. The walk commences at Charminar, a monument symbolic of the city of Hyderabad, which was built in 1591 to commemorate the end of a deadly plague attack on the city. Your guide will enthrall you with legends like the presence of a secret tunnel underneath Charminar which connected to Golconda Fort, created as a means of escape for the royal family at times of distress. Next, walk to Mecca Masjid, one of the oldest and largest mosques in India. The foundation stone was laid by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, and the bricks used to build the mosque were made from soil sourced from Mecca. Marvel at a magnificent mosque that can accommodate more than 10000 people. Stroll past bazaars full of bangles, perfumes, laces, and bridalwear, on your way to a unique Clock Tower. This clock was a gift to the people of this area at a time when wristwatches and wall clocks were rare. Walk past Moti Mahal, which used to be a Palace of the Nizams but, since 1969, now serves as a Homeopathic Hospital. Admire the Corinthian pillars of the Asman Garh Palace and the Palace of Khurshid Jah Bahadur before taking the last leg of your walk to the Chowmahalla Palace of the Nizams. Some of the noteworthy sections in this palace include a water fountain, vintage cars, intricate carvings, glass chandeliers, and the grand durbar hall. During the heydays of the Nizams, as many as 7000 attendants used to man this palace. Your tour either concludes here or with drop-off at your hotel if you select the pickup and drop-off option.

Hyderabad: Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

2. Hyderabad: Full-Day Private Tour with Lunch

Start the tour early in the morning with a pickup from your hotel. Get acquainted with your English-speaking guide and drive to the majestic Golconda Fort, about 11 km from the city. Originally built as a mud fort, the complex has undergone changes through the centuries under the rule of the Bahmani Sultans and the Qutb Shahi dynasty. Learn about the acoustics of the building and the intricate water management system designed here. Your guide will explain the history of the fort and how it shaped the future of Hyderabad and its people. At noon, head to the Qutub Shahi Tombs located close by. Erected in the memory of the rulers of the region, the impressive granite tombs, arches and columns are worth a visit. Stroll through the gardens and visit the exhibition to learn the significance of this landmark. Continue to Hyderabad's Old City, where you will visit the Chowmahalla Palace which was once home to the Nizams, reputed to be one of the richest families of India. As many as 7000 attendants were required to maintain the opulent palace. Some of the noteworthy sections in this Palace include a water fountain, vintage cars, intricate carvings, glass chandeliers and the grand durbar hall. On Fridays, Choumahalla is closed and we will instead visit the spectacularly built Badshahi Ashoorkhana. The final destination is Charminar, a monument that is symbolic of the city of Hyderabad. It was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shahi, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty to commemorate the end of a deadly plague attack of the city. Hear of the legends of this place such as the presence of a secret tunnel underneath Charminar which connected to Golconda Fort, created as a means of escape for the royal family at times of distress. At the end of the tour, be dropped back to your hotel.

Hyderabad: Private Car Hire with Driver and Flexible Hours

3. Hyderabad: Private Car Hire with Driver and Flexible Hours

Spend the day exploring the sights and locations of Hyderabad at your own leisure in a private, air-conditioned car. Accompanied by a professional chauffeur to help you make the most of your day in Hyderabad, customize your visit to suit your interests and preferences. Once you’ve decided how you’d like to spend your time, sit back and relax as you explore the city and make as many stops and visits to as many places as you wish. There's plenty to see and do in Hyderabad, which is known for its atmospheric bazaars, heritage mountains, and palaces. Witness the impressive architecture of the old city, and explore the minarets of the Charminar, or visit the dazzling Chowmahalla Palace. History lovers are recommended a tour of the Salar Jung Museum, The Nizam's Museum, or the Sudha Cars Museum. Guests can also benefit from a visit to the Golconda Fort and the Qutub Shahi Tombs, located just outside of the city. Likewise, the Ramoji Film City is a delight for film lovers, and travelers can spend an entire day touring famous film sets. For a glimpse of modern Hyderabad, travelers can also visit the Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills areas, which are filled with restaurants and malls. With this private charter, take advantage of the opportunity to see all the city has to offer. There are multiple car sizes on offer, as well as the option to hire the car for 4, 8, or 12 hours.

Hyderabad: Private City Tour with Evening Boat Ride

4. Hyderabad: Private City Tour with Evening Boat Ride

After being collected from your hotel waiting area between 9:30AM-10:00AM by your guide and driver, you will depart for your full-day tour of Hyderabad. Your tour starts with a visit to the magnificent Golkonda Fort, originally built in the 12th century, known for its innovative water supply system, huge acoustic palaces and the Fateh Rahben gun and cannons. Following this, you will visit the historical Qutub Shahi Tombs, located at Ibrahim Bagh and close to the Golconda Fort, where the bodies of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah and his heirs were buried. Next on the tour will be the ancient mosque, Mecca Masjid, whose construction was started by the Qutb Shahi dynasty and was completed by Aurangzeb. It is believed that the bricks and soil to build the central arch of this historic mosque were procured from through the major pilgrimage of Muslims, Mecca. Your driver will then take you to a local restaurant where you can enjoy famous Hyderabadi cuisine. After finishing lunch, your next stop will be at Charminar. Charminar is known as the Icon of Hyderabad, famous for its architecture, four minarets of 184-feet tall, four arches and the work of granite, mortar, limestone and pulverized marble. You will then venture onward to the Salar Jung Museum, which contains a treasure of exhibits that include ancient manuscripts, sculptures, carvings, artifacts, carpets, furniture and more. The Museum houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world by Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III (1889–1949), former Prime Minister of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad. Later on, you will be taken to the Chow Mohalla Palace, recognized for a complex of four palaces built in the European and Mughal style of architecture. Before the conclusion of your day, your driver will take you to the beautiful and serene Hussain Sagar and the closely located NTR Gardens which are the best places to spend your evening, which will include a unique boat ride. At the conclusion of your tour, your driver will drop you back at your accommodation.

Hyderabad: Full-Day City Tour with Boat Ride

5. Hyderabad: Full-Day City Tour with Boat Ride

The day-long tour begins around 10 AM with a pick-up. Hop on the ride to Golconda Fort, a granite-built fortress from the Qutub Shahi dynasty's period. Listen to your guide as he spills knowledge on this fortress. Throughout history this region has been known for its miraculous mines & diamonds - be it Kohinoor or the Hope diamond. Although over the years diamond mines have become inactive. Your destination will be the nearby Qutub Shahi Tombs which includes seven tombs of Qutub Shahi kings that ruled over two centuries. From there, you will be taken to Mecca Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. It is believed that the soil of this mosque was brought from the holy Mecca city. After sightseeing at the mosque, you will be served lunch at the local restaurant. Enjoy your fresh meal before heading to your next destination i.e. Charminar, the icon of Hyderabad. It is perceived that this Minar was built as a sign of victory over the plague around 450 years ago. See the beautiful work of limestone, granite, & marble at this historical site. Next, you will visit Salar Jung Museum, the 3rd biggest museum in India. This museum houses the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world by Mir Yusuf Ali Khan popularly known as Salar Jung III, an art collector & also the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad Deccan during seven Nizam's reign. Following this, your driver will take you to Chowmahalla Palace, the former residence of Nizams of Hyderabad. Here you will come across a mixture of architectural styles (Rajasthani, European, along with Persian). At last, you will be escorted to Hussain Sagar, a beautiful heart-shaped lake perfect for spending a nice evening. Spend a wonderful time at the nearby NTR garden area where a boat ride is also awaiting you. After a sweet & calm boat ride you will be sent back to your hotel.

Hyderabad Private Full-day Sightseeing Tour

6. Hyderabad Private Full-day Sightseeing Tour

Journey to the “City of Pearls” with a day tour to Hyderabad. This relatively new city by Indian standards (less than 500 years old) is brimming with culture and sights you don’t want to miss. Take a gander back in time as your professional English-speaking tour guide brings you to Charminar, a majestic monument with 4 gorgeously carved spires in the heart Hyderabad’s Old City. Built in 1591 by Mohammad Quil Qutub Shah, this towering architectural achievement was built to commemorate the eradication of the plague from Hyderabad. Continue on to visit the ruined city of Golkonda Fort built in the 13th century. The remains of the city will leave you breathless. Next see the Mecca Masjid, one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad. The bricks are made from soil from the city of Mecca, making it even more important. You can also see Hussain Sagar, an awesome manmade lake in the city. The lake, constructed in 1562 by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali, has a large stone Buddha in the middle that was built in 1992. Also known as “Tank Bund”, the lake connects the sister cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Hyderabad is not only the capital of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, it is also the most populous. On your tour you will have seen the ancient parts of the city, but today it is actually much more modern. Hyderabad is a major hub for the information technology industry in India, as well as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical capital of India. Don’t miss this exciting look at a modern old city!

Heritage & Cultural Walk of Hyderabad (2 Hours Guided Tour)

7. Heritage & Cultural Walk of Hyderabad (2 Hours Guided Tour)

An ideal introduction to the city, pass by highlights like the Patel Market, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, and Chowmahalla Palace, as well as hidden gems in the Old City. Hear interesting stories about the city and its inhabitants and receive tips and recommendations from your guide.

Best of Hyderabad (Guided Halfday City Sightseeing Tour)

8. Best of Hyderabad (Guided Halfday City Sightseeing Tour)

This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Hyderabad District, Telangana Visit the popular southern Indian city Hyderabad with landmarks like Golconda Fort & Chowmahalla Palace and Salar Jung Museum during this customized full day sightseeing tour by car. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Charminar, Charminar, Hyderabad, Hyderabad District, Telangana Visit the The Charminar, constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque which globally known as a symbol of Hyderabad and is listed among the most recognized structures in India. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Chowmahalla Palace, 20-4-236, Motigalli, Khilwat Motigalli, Hyderabad 500002 India Visit the Chowmahalla Palace which used to be served as the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Salar Jung Museum, Salar Jung Road, Hyderabad 500002 India Visit the Salar Jung national museum showcasing the collection of sourced from the property of Salar Jung Family and it has a myriad collection of paintings, sculptures, carvings, manuscripts etc. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: The Nizam's Museum, Purani Haveli, Zehra Nagar Colony, Purani Haveli, Pathar Gatti, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002, India Visit the Nizam's Museum - a palace of the erstwhile Nizams showcases the gifts that the last Nizam of Hyderabad received on his silver jubilee celebrations. Duration: 30 minutes

Hyderabad Heritage walk

9. Hyderabad Heritage walk

Charminar is the Land mark of Hyderabad which was built in the year 1591 which is very popular in the south india where whoever comes to Hyderabad will never miss to visit this monument Mecca Mosque is the most popular and best mosque of Hyderabad, where every Friday around 10000 to 15000 people offer thier prayer here and believe is that they offerig at mecca of Saudi Arabia because there is brick in the mosque from from Saudi Arabia embeded on this mosque Jama Masjid is the oldest mosque which was built in the year 1592 during time of Kungs of Golconda while ruling here Charkhaman is an entrances to Hyderabad city during Kings of Golconda fort having 200 places and 14000 shops in the area which today also ery famous for shopping in these area Gulzar hous is fountain for Royal welcome to the Royal Guest who comes from different part of the world and india today also when you walk around you feel like that only with grand entrances welcome you having fountain in the middle of the these four kamans and Gulzar hous Pather gatti was built with stone for jewelry making artists and artisans who use to make jewelry for the Nizams who ruled on Hyderabad from 1724 to 1948 Laac bazaar bañgles made of laacker materials is local hand made local craft with lot of options to see and shop with local shopping experiences Julu khana was the entrance to the present chowmallah palace Mahboob chowk is the clock tower inolden days of Hyderabadi people now birds selling place Chowmallah palace is the palace for thecNizams upto 5th generation is also replica of Shah of Iran which houses Coronation Hall with sandileirs from Belgium and Bohimia and living palaces of Nizams and Vintage Cars of Nizams one of the attraction car is Rolls Royce in yellow colour and Napier and some American cars.

Hyderabad Private Tour with Charminar Mosque & Museum

10. Hyderabad Private Tour with Charminar Mosque & Museum

Your local English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to explore the historical city of Hyderabad. First up is a visit to the archaeological treasure Golkonda Fort, then on to the Qutub Shahi Tombs, a royal cemetery for the 7 Qutub Shahi kings who ruled Golconda for nearly 170 years. Afterwards your guide will take you to one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, Mecca Masjid before stopping for some lunch at a nice local restaurant. After lunch, your next monument will be the magnificent Charminar, known as the icon of Hyderabad. Then it's on to the famous Salar Jung Museum before a final visit to the palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad state, also known as Chowmahalla Palace. 

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It was great day for me. My team : Natayanan, John (my guide and his driver ). Excellent trip and great companionship. Was also learning day because he explain me all related history and cultural influences ove Hyderabad live. Visiting wonderfully places like Fort, palaces, Bazaar. Delicious street food. Thanks for all wondetful experiences. I recommend 💯 ask him to be part of your Hyderabad trip.

My tour was amazing!! My guide, Mohan was super nice and patient the entire tour. He took extra time to explain the history/fun facts to me and made every effort for me to feel safe as a so traveler. We also had time to visit some stores after our tour!

Great day with our driver Krishna. The highlight was the guide we had at Qutub Shahi tombs. Great value for money and got to customise our route.

It was good historical explanation of the area and it's significance. John was very knowledgeable and also knew everyone in the area.

John was very knowledgable and good company on a relaxed, enjoyable tour