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  • Hyderabad Private Full-day Sightseeing Tour

    1. 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, ...

    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.

  • Hyderabad Private Tour with Charminar Mosque & Museum

    2. 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. 

  • Hyderabad: Private City Tour with Evening Boat Ride

    3. 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 loca...

    Mohan was an awesome guide and very patient in answering all of my questions. He knew the answers to everything I asked, and he even had connections with local shops and restaurants so we never had to wait in lines anywhere. Towards the end of the tour, I found a shop that I wanted to explore. Even though the tour was over, Mohan stayed late to accompany me so that I could safely purchase a few souvenirs. This was a great experience led by an excellent guide.

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What people are saying about Charminar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19 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!

Incredible experience and a knowledgeable tour guide

Mohan was an awesome guide and very patient in answering all of my questions. He knew the answers to everything I asked, and he even had connections with local shops and restaurants so we never had to wait in lines anywhere. Towards the end of the tour, I found a shop that I wanted to explore. Even though the tour was over, Mohan stayed late to accompany me so that I could safely purchase a few souvenirs. This was a great experience led by an excellent guide.

Walked through the markets and was good the streets are for walkers only