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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: Heritage Walking Tour of Old City and Charminar

3. 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 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. 

Himalayas Annapurna Ghandruk 10-Day Trek

5. Himalayas Annapurna Ghandruk 10-Day Trek

Trek the Ghandruk circuit of the Himalayas in Nepal on a 10-day soft adventure and meet with the Gurung people, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal, with their own traditions and culture. Enjoy sublime views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Himalchuli. Walk through rhododendron forests, stopping at the villages of Landruk and Dhampus to experience the rural lifestyle of Annapurna. The Ghandruk circuit is ideal for those with children, as well as weary trekkers that don’t want to endure long days or steep ascents at high altitude. Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to your hotel for an orientation program about your forthcoming trek. Day 2: This morning you will fly to Pokhara to connect for a 1.5-hour drive to Nayapul, 3,510 feet (1,070 meters) above sea level. Start your 2-hour trek to the picturesque valley of Syauli Bazar, with stunning views of the peak of Machhapuchhre. Overnight in a mountain lodge, resting for your longer day ahead. Day 3: Today, your 4-hour trek ascends between terraced fields, with more backdrop views of Machhapurchhre Himal (21,963 feet / 6,696 meters). Stop at the well-managed village of Ghandrung, home to various eco-tourism projects, and visit the Gurung Museum to see examples of Gurung handicrafts and culture. Ghandruk village is the headquarters of the Annapurna conservation area project and you can see slide shows about their activities. Overnight in a mountain lodge. Day 4: Today’s trek takes 6 hours, hiking from Ghandruk to Chomrong village 7,118 feet (2,170 meters) above sea level. During the day you will enjoy close-up views of Annapurna South (23,687 feet / 7,219 meters), Himchuli (21,792 feet / 6,644 meters) and Machhapurchhre Himal (22,945 feet / 6,996 meters). Overnight in a mountain lodge. Day 5: Trek from Chomrong to Landruk (5,412 feet / 1,650 meters). The trail first descends to Jhinu Danda, where you have the chance to experience the natural hot springs. After lunch, continue to the Gurung village of Landruk, rewarding you with vast vistas of the Annapurna Mountains. Overnight in a mountain lodge. Day 6: Continue your trek, walking from Landruk to Dhampus (5,084 feet / 1,550 meters). Today is the longest day’s walk at 7 hours, passing terraced farms and the village of Tolka. The trail climbs through lush forest to Deurali, where you will see the Dhaulagiri Mountain and northern part of the Pokhara Valley. Day 7: Trek from Dhampus to Phedi (3,641 feet / 1,110 meters), a walk of about 2 hours that starts with a stunning sunrise over the Annapurna Mountains and passes rocky fields of dwarf rhododendron. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara. Day 8: Enjoy a full-day sightseeing in the Pokhara Valley, the 2nd largest in the hills of Nepal. Located in the geographical center of Nepal, the valley affords cinematic views of the fish-tail peak of Machhapuchhre and the serrated summits of the Annapurna Mountains, as well as glassy lakes, such as Fhewa Tal. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara. Day 9: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu for a half-day sightseeing tour of the temples and stupas of Durbar Square, and get more panoramic views from Swayambhu Nath Stupa. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Day 10: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your final departure.

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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!

The tour was wonderful. Heritage walk guide, John was pretty knowledgeable and gave out some wonderful insights. The session ended with samosa and chai which was perfect on a beautiful rainy day.

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