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We hit up 4 spots: Golkonda Fort, Qutab Shahi Tombs, Chowmahalla Palace, and Charminar. He also had us have lunch at Paradise for the best of the cities biriyani (the mutton is far superior to the chicken). Finally, he took us by a few local shops towards the end in case we wanted to buy anything. Our guide was extremely professional and well experienced (he's been doing this since 2004 and grew up in Hyderabad). He knew a lot about the history of the city as well as the specific areas we came to see. He also spoke English very well. The one thing I'll note is that this guide is actually a freelancer and doesn't directly work for any touring company, so can't say if he's a good representation of whomever you end up with. The only reason why I put 4 stars is because of how expensive this tour is, especially considering how little the actual guide and the driver end up getting paid.
We had Madhu as our guide and he was nothing short of an absolute pleasure! our trip was exceptionally private - just me and my guest - with Madhu as our very informative guide as well as an on call driver who spent the full day with us, telling fabulous historical stories of the monuments we visited as well as working painstakingly to please us. At the Charminar stop, I hoped to find a pair of shoes (juttis) to buy but had no luck. Madhu knew of a better location, hailed the driver and in 10 minutes time we were in a shoe district of Hyderabad, buying the most beautiful juttis at a great price. Madhu even helped negotiate pricing for me! He ended our day with a brief history of his life, which was such a warm, endearing moment. I will recommend this tour, and specifically Madhu, to all my coworkers and friends!!
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!