Guided tour

Hyderabad: Heritage Walking Tour of Old City and Charminar

Hyderabad: Heritage Walking Tour of Old City and Charminar

From $35.34 per person

Relive the age of the Nizams of Hyderabad as you step into an era of palatial mansions and centuries-old mosques. Explore the Charminar, Choumahalla Palace, Mecca Masjid, and the bazaars on a 3-hour walking tour with an expert local guide.

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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Pickup available from your hotel lobby.
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the iconic Charminar, a 16th-century monument built to commemorate the eradication of a deadly plague
  • Navigate through a busy bazaar and visit a historic clock tower
  • Explore Choumahalla Palace of the Nizams with its fountains, intricate carvings, and vintage cars
  • Walk past the massive Mecca Masjid, which can hold more than 10,000 people for prayers
  • Get the most out of your experience with an expert English-speaking guide
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Entrance charges
  • English-speaking guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Souvenirs
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Please meet your guide at the entrance of the Charminar, located at Charminar Rd, Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002, India. This place is easily accessible by Uber or public transport.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Hat
Customer reviews

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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!

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December 1, 2019

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

November 3, 2019

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