The Seats of Power Tour


A four-hour tour that takes you to the two competing seats of power in Hyderabad. The Nizam’s dominions, or Hyderabad State, was a vassal to the British throne from 1798 onwards. This meant there were two centers of power. One was the palace of the Nizam, the absolute monarch of his domains. The other was the Residency, the palace of the Resident – the representative of the British monarch.

In this tour, we visit two of Hyderabad’s best preserved buildings from the Asaf Jahi period (1724 to 1948CE). The Chowmahalla Palace is a splendid testament to the wealth and grandeur of the Nizam of Hyderabad. The British Residency, while the seat of power of the British in Hyderabad, also has a tale of an officer of the British crown ‘going native’, marrying a local noblewoman and building the Residency as a grand house for them to live in together.


  • Explore the life and rule of the Nizams of Hyderabad as we walk through the sumptuously appointed Chowmahalla Palace
  • Learn about the love story behind the building of the British Residency


Tour Cost

₹6000 per person for up to 2 persons
₹5000 per person for 3 or more
Children under 12 pay half


Air-conditioned transport – ₹4500 (1 to 2 guests) / ₹6000 (3 to 5 guests)
South Indian Breakfast (Start 30 minutes earlier) – ₹400/person
Lunch at Shadab – ₹1200 per person

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Curated by Navin Sigamany

Navin founded The Hyderabad Walking Company in 2017 to bring well-curated experiences to folks who wished to explore Hyderabad’s heritage and food. Delivering storytelling tours to hundreds of guests from dozens of countries over the years has helped him hone his craft, to the delight of many tour-goers.