Quintessential Hyderabad

These tours take you to the places in Hyderabad that every visitor must see before they leave. These are group tours of between 10 to 30 persons conducted by State Tourism Guides who will ensure that you experience sights that are quintessentially Hyderabad. 

1. The Charminar Area Tour  

Sites Covered: Charminar| Chowmahalla Palace| Mecca Masjid 

 Mecca Masjid

The Charminar area

The most famous symbol of the city, the Charminar was planned as the centre of the city when the capital shifted from Golkonda to Hyderabad in 1591 AD. The structure with four minarets towers over the bustling Laad bazaar selling colourful and glittering lacquered bangles, pearls, shiny fabric, traditional  perfumes (ittar), antiques, and other knick-knacks. 

The climb up the Charminar is about fifty steps through a spiral staircase from where you can get magnificent views of the Mecca Masjid, and the Purani Haveli, as well as the Falaknuma Palace in the distance. For the true flavour of old Hyderabadi culture, this area of the city is a must visit. 

The Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of the dynasty of the Nizams of Hyderabad who were well known for their opulence and their wealth. This palace, built in the eighteenth century has been painstakingly restored and has been open to the public only since 2006. The imposing Durbar Hall with its collection of glistening chandeliers and several rooms within the Palace display artefacts from the past that reflect the grandeur with which the dynasty lived and ruled. 

Price: INR 2000/ per person including taxes 

Duration: Half-Day Tour (no meals included) 

MinMax Group Size: 10 to 30 persons  

Travel:  in air-conditioned Coach 

Dates & Timings  

  • Saturday, 20 September 2014: 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM 
  • Sunday, 21 September 2014: 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM 
  • Monday, 22 September 2014: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM 
  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014: 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM 
  • Thursday, 25 September 2014: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM 

Note: While some areas of the Palace can be accessed by wheelchair, the busy streets in the Old city will not be easy for the differently abled.

To book: contact  cochrane2014tours@detoursindia.com

 2. The Golkonda Fort & Qutb Shahi Tombs Tour 

Sites covered: Golconda Fort | Qutb Shahi Tombs

 Golconda Fort Spire of the Great Mosque_Qutb Shahi Tombs 

The Golconda Fort 

The Golconda Fort is one of the most impressive forts in the country.  The architecture includes amazingly advanced acoustics that were used to signal the approach of the enemy, as well as to detect conspiracies being hatched in the palace corners! The fort also had a complex water supply and drainage system.  

The climb to the topmost pavilion is about 360 steps, and some of the way is steep; but those who reach the top will have excellent views of the Qutb Shahi Tombs nearby and the rest of the city’s landscape, including the Charminar in the distance. 

The Qutb Shahi Tombs

The rulers of Qutb Shahi Dynasty had a tradition of constructing magnificent tombs during their life-time, often outdoing their predecessors. The magnificence of their architecture- a fascinating mix of Persian and local styles- is still impressive, and the remnants of the blue-tile works on these elegant structures give us a peek into the richness that was the trade mark of this dynasty. 

Price: INR 1800/‐ per person including taxes 

Duration: Half-Day Tour (no meals included) 

Min‐Max Group Size: 10 to 30 persons  

Travel:  in air-conditioned Coach 

Dates & Timings:

  • Saturday, 20 September 2014 – 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM 
  • Sunday, 21 September 2014 – 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM 
  • Friday, 26 September 2014 – 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM 

Note: While the lower areas of the Fort have wheelchair access, the upper portions of the Fort and certain areas of the Qutb Shahi Tombs cannot be accessed by wheelchair.  

To book contact: cochrane2014tours@detoursindia.com

3. The Museums Tour 

Sites Covered: Salar Jung Museum |HEH Nizam’s Museum & the City Museum (Purani Haveli)

Salar Jung Museum   Nizam's Museum     

Salar Jung Museum 

The Salar Jung Museum is the third largest museum in India and houses the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world. It has a collection of sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artefacts, carpets, clocks, and furniture collections belonging to different civilizations dating back to the 1st century. Their origins lie in Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Egypt, Europe, and North America. The museum's collection was sourced from the property of the Salar Jung family. Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III (1889–1949), former Prime Minister of the Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad spent a substantial amount of his income over thirty five years to make this priceless collection, his life's passion.

The well-known pieces in this collection include the Veiled Rebecca, a masterpiece in marble carved by Giovanni Maria Benzoni; the Musical Clock made by Cook & Kelvy of England that features a woodcutter who comes out every hour to strike the hour; the Ivory Collection Gallery featuring stunning pieces of art from across the world; the sections on Indian textiles and miniature painting; and a double-figured wooden piece by an unknown sculptor.  

Nizam Museum or H.E.H Nizam's Museum

This Nizam Museum is a museum located at Purani Haveli, a palace of the erstwhile Nizams. The museum showcases the gifts that the last Nizam of Hyderabad state, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII received on his silver jubilee celebrations in 1936.

The collection includes models made of silver of all the landmark buildings in Hyderabad; a golden, wooden throne used for the silver jubilee celebrations of the Last Nizam; a gold tiffin box inlaid with diamonds, miniature replica of the Jubilee Hall, glass inlay painting of Mir Osman Ali Khan.; a wooden writing box studded with mother-of-pearl; diamond and gold-studded daggers, caskets, and silver ittardans (perfume containers; and other expensive gifts. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a Jaguar Mark V are among the vintage cars on display.

The City Museum is a more recent addition and chronicles in detail the history, culture, food, arts and crafts of Hyderabad. This museum is a labour of love by those who call Hyderabad their home.

Price: INR 2500/‐ per person including taxes 

Duration: Half-Day Tour (including packed lunch provided in the coach) 

Min‐Max Group Size: 10 to 30 persons  

Travel:  in air-conditioned Coach 

Date & Timing:

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014 – 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM 

Note: Most of the Salar Jung Museum can be accessed by wheel chair. The City museum at Purani Haveli is on the first floor and has no ramp or elevators. 

To book contact: cochrane2014tours@detoursindia.com