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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.

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What people are saying about Hyderabad

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!!

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!

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.

I recommend the tour if you are traveling alone and have little time in Hyderabad. They picked me up at the hotel and we had a very productive day. My Venu guide was very professional all the time as was the driver. It is a very tiring journey. My favorite place was Golconda Fort. I was left wanting to get to know him more. We did not visit the Mecca Masjid. In general the service was good and I am very grateful.

Great tour, guide and driver very flexible and also met any side wish. A little minus for not included photo fee requested at some spots.