Welcome to Hyderabad
Steeped in history, thronged with people and buzzing with commerce, the Old City of Hyderabad is one of India's most evocative ancient quarters. Exploring the lanes of this district, with its chai shops and spice merchants, you'll encounter a teeming urban masala of colour and commerce. Looming over the Old City is some of Islamic India's most impressive architecture, in varying states of repair. Most visitors... Read More
Top experiences in Hyderabad
Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Hyderabad
Visit the Golconda Fort in the morning when the weather is perfect to climb the 360 steps. The 12th Century Kakatiya Fort of the Hindu rulers, the Warangal Fort, is also 7 miles (12km) from the city. There are many fascinating views from the Baradari (400 ft high) plains.During the tour, it is suggested by locals for visitors to try the ethnic Hyderabad Biryani. After lunch, you will arrive at the ethnic Old city center of activities, Charminar, the landmark of Hyderabad and a masterpiece of Qutub Shahi Architecture in 1591. Stone and Stucco plastering Minarets stand 180 feet from the ground (Please note: Closed on Fridays for the climb). Climb the narrow steps for panoramic view of the city. Later, you will walk around the Laad Bazar street, next to the Charminar, to bargain for bridal accessories, lacquered bangles, Hyderabad Attar, Mehindi and Antiques. Then you will walk into the Mecca Mosque before being dropped at your hotel or accommodation.
Charminar Historical Walking Tour
No place can give you a glimpse of Hyderabadi life like the Charminar area can. It is a brilliant mosaic of history, culture, modernity, crafts, business and old world charm - a perfect slice of this city's life. Walk through Laad Bazar and get dazzled by the shiny lac bangles that Hyderabad is known for, take the by-lanes and meet the craftsmen who create ‘bling’, one at a time. Walk into the chaos of fluttering pigeons in the Mecca Masjid courtyard to the simplicity of the Nizam’s tombs. We will end the walk at the Chowmahalla Palace, where the tour traces the history of this region between the early 18th century and 1948. Take a walk around the four palaces of the Chowmahalla Complex and see the opulence with which this dynasty lived and ruled. Hear the numerous stories about the seven Nizams of Hyderabad whose destinies and decisions shaped the history and culture of this region. Walk through the imposing Durbar Hall and the various rooms which have recreated a slice of life from the past.
Hyderabad Old City Food Walking Tour
Very few cities in the world can claim to be synonymous with a single dish. This is true in the case of Hyderabad where the mere reference to the city evoking an immediate discussion about the Biryani, a dish which is a delectable mix of meat and rice cooked with spices. For a true Hyderabadi, the obsession goes beyond this dish. A typical Hyderabadi will spend hours debating the best place to have a cup of Irani tea and, believe it or not, sometimes friendships can be threatened by arguments over the best Haleem joints in town. The cuisine of Hyderabad is a result of its history over four centuries and the involvement with food is more than just satisfying human's basic needs. In fact, people in this city are so used to good food that they take it for granted. Walking through the busy markets and by-lanes of the old city, you will not only get a glimpse into the food ethos of this region but also experience in person Hyderabadi's passion for good food.In this food walking tour, we will explore one of the oldest vegetable markets, make our way through some of the best breakfast snacks in town, participate in the Hyderabadi pastime of sipping cups of Irani tea with Osmania biscuits, bite into warm, just baked local bread and watch the efforts that go into preparing some of the best delicacies this region has to offer.
Hyderabad Half-Day Tour: Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs
You will be picked up at your hotel in Hyderabad at 9:00 AM for morning departure or 2:00 PM for afternoon departure. After pickup you will be transferred to Golkonda Fort. Golkonda Fort derives its name from a Telugu word "Golla Konda" meaning "shepherd’s hill". After the downfall of Baihmanis in AD1518, the fort became the capital of the Qutb Shahi kings (AD1518-1687). Golkonda Fort was built on a 400 ft. high hill and has three lines of massive fortification walls one within the other as well as eight imposing gateways. The well-planned township of Golconda located within the fort was one of the splendid cities famous during the medieval world for its extensive trade in gems and diamonds as attested to by foreigners including Marco Polo.Later you will visit the Qutub Shahi Tombs. The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches and have a distinctive style that blends Persian, Pashtun and Hindu. After visiting the dorm, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Private Full-Day Hyderabad Tour
Start your Hyderabad excursion with a morning pickup from your hotel. You’ll continue to your day’s first stop, at the Golconda Fort. Take advantage of the morning’s cooler temperatures as you scale the 360 steps of this medieval structure. You’ll then continue on a short trip of 7 miles (12 kilometers) outside the city center to visit the Warangal Fort, a site which was once part of India’s Kakatiya Dynasty that dates back to the 12th century. Head back to Hyderabad’s city center to enjoy time for lunch (at your own expense). Locals often recommend visitors try out the city’s famous ‘biryani,’ a dish featuring basmati rice, meat, yogurt, onions, and various spices. You’ll continue after your meal break with a visit to The Charminar, a city monument designed in the Qutub Shahi architectural style that’s known as one of the most famous sights in India. You can also climb the monument’s narrow steps to enjoy a sky-high view of the city below. Proceed next to Laad Bazaar Street, a shopping area offering everything from bangles to bridal accessories to ‘attar’ (essential oil) and antiques. You’ll end the day with a stop at the Mecca Masjid, one of the oldest mosques in town, before receiving a drop-off back at your hotel.
Private Tour: Hyderabad City Day Tour
Pickup from your hotel and start the full day city tour with a visit to Charminar. Charminar is an imposing monument that reflects the glory of the Qutub Shahi Dynasty. It is a massive square structure of 56m (183.72 ft) high and 30m (98.42 ft) wide. This monument is built entirely of granite and lime mortar. It has total four minarets and one on each corner. These fluted minarets are attached to the main building and rise towards the sky to a height of 56m (183.72 ft) with a double balcony each. This great tribute to aesthetics looks sturdy and solid from a distance but, as you move closer, it emerges as an elegant and romantic edifice proclaiming its architectural eminence in all its detail and dignity. Nearby visit the Grand Mecca Masjid, the oldest and largest masjid in the city. Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah began building it in 1617 under the supervision of Mir Faizullah Baig and Rangiah Choudhary. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb completed the construction in 1694. It took 77 years to come up as the magnificent edifice we see today.Next stop is the Salar Jung Museum, an art museum located at Darushifa on the southern bank of the Musi river. It has a collection of sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artifacts, carpets, clocks, and furniture from Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Egypt, Europe, and North America. The Salarjung Museum is the third largest museum in India housing the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world. It is well known throughout India for its prized collections belonging to different civilizations dating back to the 1st century. Former Prime Minister of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad spent a substantial amount of his income over thirty five years to make this priceless collection as his life's passion. Old timers believe that the present collection constitutes only half of the original art wealth collected by Salar Jung III. We will also visit the Chowmahalla Palace that was once regarded as the center of Hyderabad. The magnificent Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors. Built over 200 years ago, Chowmahalla is renowned for its unique style and elegance. A synthesis of many architectural styles and influences, the palace complex has been meticulously restored. The palace complex includes a couple of courtyards, a clock tower, a council hall and an ornate and expansive Darbar Hall where used to cater to more than 7,000 attendants.Stopover the majestic Hussain Sagar Lake en-route. The lake is spread across an area of 5.7 square km and a 18m high monolithic statue of the Gautama Buddha was erected in 1992 standing on an island located in the middle of the lake. When the tour is concluded, we will take you back to your hotel.