The Pearls and Diamonds Tour – Full Day Tour (10 hours)

10-hr, small group tour that takes you to the essential Hyderabad sights. Add-ons include transport, tickets to monuments and food.

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Description

Modern-day Hyderabad is known as the city of pearls. The history of Hyderabad is the story of two dynasties – the Qutub Shahi dynasty which ruled over the Kingdom of Diamonds, and the Asaf Jahi dynasty who built a lot of today’s Hyderabad. In a one-day tour lasting 10 hours, we will visit some of the most influential moments in the history of this region.

This small group tour (Max 8 pax) will include some gems from both dynasties, as well as the intriguing stories that make them what they are.

Highlights

Golkonda Fort: Walk through history at one of India’s largest forts that has never been taken militarily

Charminar: discover why this iconic Hyderabad monument was built (hint: it had nothing to do with a plague!) and climb to the top for amazing photo ops

Walk through the quintessential Oriental bazaars around the Charminar that have retained their character over the last four hundred years. Peep into the workshops of bangle-makers and silver-beaters, and try your hand at haggling a good price!

Chowmahalla Palace: See where the last kings of Hyderabad lived as recently as 50 years ago, and marvel at the grandeur that marked their everyday life

Salar Jung Museum: Marvel at the beauty of the Veiled Rebecca and at the cleverness of the dual statue of Mephistopheles and Margaretta amidst the wonderfully quixotic collections on display.

Itinerary

  • Golkonda Fort
  • Charminar
  • Chudi Bazaar
  • Mecca Masjid (Outside)
  • Chowmahalla Palace
  • Salar Jung Museum

Note: Chowmahalla Palace and Salar Jung Museum are closed on Fridays. We will do a full tour of Mecca Masjid and a story walk of Char Kaman and Gulzar Houz instead.

Things to Note

Inclusions

  • Guide throughout the day
  • Narrated walks through all the attractions
  • Bottled water
  • A souvenir to take home at the end of the tour!

Exclusions

  • Any personal expenses
  • Entry tickets (If add-on not purchased)
  • Transport (If add-on not purchased)

Things to Carry

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Wear comfortable and sturdy footwear
  • Wear clothes that cover your legs fully – the Fort has paths through wild plants, and they will scratch bare legs
  • If you have not opted for lunch, carry energy bars / sandwiches / packed lunch that can be consumed on the go

Cost

Tour Cost

1 Person: Rs. 6000

2 Persons: Rs. 4000 per person

3 Persons: Rs. 3500 per person

4 Persons and above: Rs. 3000 per person

Add-Ons

Air-conditioned transport – Rs. 2500 (1 to 2 guests) / Rs. 3500 (3 to 4 guests)

All Tickets – Rs. 460 (Indian), Rs. 1400 (Non-Indian)

South Indian Breakfast @ Minerva / Chutneys – Involves starting a bit earlier (Rs. 400/head)

Lunch at Shadab – Rs. 600 per person

Sound and Light Show at Golkonda Fort – Rs. 140 per person

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