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Hyderabad: Private City Tour with Evening Boat Ride

1. 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: Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs Half-Day Tour

2. Hyderabad: Golconda Fort and Qutub Shahi Tombs Half-Day Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Hyderabad, then heads 11 km towards the impressive Golconda Fort, once known as the diamond capital of the world. With your expert guide, discover the wonders of the fort and its incredible history, which dates back to 1143AD when it was just a mud fort. Learn about how the fort served as the Palace of the Bahmani sultans as you admire the stunning architecture of the building. Continue the tour around the fort, listening to fascinating insight into the history of this royal palace and treasury. Learn about how the fort was famous for its diamonds, including the Kohinoor, the Hope Diamond, the Idol’s Eye, and the Orlov. Then, discover the fort’s breathtaking acoustics — a clap at the Balahisar Gate can be heard right up on the top of the fort! Next, head to the Qutub Shahi Tombs, built in memory of the old kings of Golconda. Admire the tombs' exquisite arches, columns, dome minarets, and galleries, surrounded by stunning gardens. Marvel at all 7 tombs, each dedicated to one of the Qutub Shahi rulers, whose reign lasted for 2 centuries. Finally, if you select the evening option of the tour, enjoy a jaw-dropping light and sound show that brings the fort to life and captures the true essence of this magical site.

Hyderabad Private Full-day Sightseeing Tour

3. 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!

Hyderabad Private Tour with Charminar Mosque & Museum

4. 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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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 13 reviews

We 5oroughly enjoyed our tour in Hyderabad. Samson was an exceptional tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited, and made it an incredible cultural experience. We visited Golconda Fort where we climbed several hundred years of history and visited the camel stables not normally on a general tour. We then visited the Qutub tombs, followed by a visit to a bakery next to Charminar that had the freshest, flakiest cookies I’ve ever eaten coupled with a cup of Masala Chai. Sam and our driver Sadam then took us pearl shopping and helped me negotiate a very reasonable purchase. While walking along the streets next to Charminar, we passed the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. Thanks to Sam and Saddam for a lovely visit to Hyderabad.

I originally signed up for this tour, the afternoon before, but it had to be changed to the Hyderabad: Heritage Walking Tour of Old City and Charminar, due to Covid 19 closures. 5 Senses Tours was very efficient in the turnaround to find me another tour on Monday 24 August 2020! My guide was John, he's a very knowledgeable and experienced guide who knows the history of Hyderabad and India very well and had an answer for every single question I had. It was an enjoyable morning walking tour, easy getting around and learning from him. Ask John to stop for an amazing "chai" before starting the walking tour. Also my driver was Taiyab and he did an outstanding job as well. I’d highly recommend this tour. Thank you 5 Senses tour and John!

Our original guide couldn’t take us due to falling off his bike but 5 senses tour was very efficient in the turnaround to find us another guide! Srinivas is a very knowledgeable and experienced guide who knows the history of Hyderabad and India very well and every single question we had he has the answer for us. It was very fun and a breeze getting around and learning from him - 4 hours was almost not enough at all! I’d highly recommend this tour. Thank you 5 senses tour and Srinivas!

It was an excellent trip. The tour guide Mr Azam and the driver were very friendly and helpful. The guide was very knowledgeble and covered quiet a good number of places in good time and even took my pictures patiently. Gave me lot of local knowledge and it was a very safe and well planned journey.

Very interesting visit with an educated guide capable of answering all our questions and who respects our rhythm.