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How to Spend 1 Day in Hyderabad

How to Spend 1 Day in Hyderabad

The histories, cultures, cuisines, and languages of northern and southern India merge in Hyderabad. Located in the heart of South India, Hyderabad’s cultural attractions have a strong Islamic flavor, reminding many visitors of North India. It’s possible to get a solid overview of the city in a single day—here’s how.

Morning: Tour the Old Town

Start the day early in Hyderabad’s Old City, an area chock-full of sights. Climb to the observation level of the Charminar, a 4-pillared tower built in 1591, and enjoy the view from the city’s most famous landmark. Other attractions include the Mecca Masjid mosque and the Laad Bazaar, a market selling colorful bangles and other jewelry. To make the most of your morning, opt for an Old City walking tour.

Afternoon: Visit the Palaces of the Nizams

Hyderabad has a long royal history. After lunch, tour two of the city’s old palaces to see how the royals lived: the Falaknuma Palace and the Chowmahalla Palace. Now a luxury hotel, the Falaknuma Palace is accessible via guided tour—and to overnight guests. Open to the public for sightseeing, Chowmahalla Palace was the official residence of the Nizams, the kings of Hyderabad—it still belongs to an heir of the Nizams. 

Night: Dine on Biryani

Don’t leave town without tasting some authentic Hyderabadi biryani—renowned as possibly the most delicious biryani in India. Sit down to the heavily spiced baked rice dish at an upscale restaurant, or order a plate of it from a food stand in the Old City. A street food walking tour is a good option for travelers unsure of which street food is safe to eat. Afterward, head to the cosmopolitan Banjara Hills, Begumpet, or Somajiguda neighborhood, where bars and clubs stay open till the wee hours.

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Heritage Walk with HiTea at Falaknuma Palace

Heritage Walk with HiTea at Falaknuma Palace

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Take a tour of the Falaknuma Palace that includes an elegant high tea on this half-day tour in Hyderabad. Stop for photo ops at the Charminar monument and Laad Bazaar, known for the bangles market, then join a walking tour of Falaknuma Palace. Top off your tour with high tea in the elegant palace for the ultimate sightseeing experience. Includes tea, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$92.55
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Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Hyderabad

Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Hyderabad

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Explore historic Hyderabad on an 8-hour sightseeing excursion, offering a taste of the city’s architecture, shopping, culture. Check out city landmarks like the 12th-century Kakatiya Dynasty at the Golconda Fort and The Charminar, before spending the afternoon browsing the antiques and ‘attar’ (fragrant essential oil) of Laad Bazaar street and finishing at Mecca Masjid Mosque.
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  • 8 hours
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$111.00
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Hyderabad Old City Food Walking Tour

Hyderabad Old City Food Walking Tour

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Journey into Hyderabad's most historic neighborhoods and sample the city's flavorful cuisine on this old city food walking tour through the Charminar area. Follow your guide on a tasting tour of the streets and learn about history one plate at a time.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$49.17
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Half-Day (4Hrs) Tour of Hyderabad's Historic & Cultural part of Old City

Half-Day (4Hrs) Tour of Hyderabad's Historic & Cultural part of Old City

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See landmarks in the walled Old City of Hyderabad during a 4-hour walking tour. Admire the stunning architecture of Badshahi Ashurkhana, the Charminar, Mecca Masjid, and Chowmahalla Palace. Get great photo ops, taste an Irani Chai, and test your bargaining skills in Laad Bazaar, which is known for shiny bangle bracelets.
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  • 4 hours
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$87.00
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Charminar Historical Walking Tour

Charminar Historical Walking Tour

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Follow your professional guide through the streets of the Charminar Area and learn about the ancient dynasties that once ruled Hyderabad. Listen to stories about the creation of this stunning city, which dates back to 1591, and check out historical monuments, bazaars, and landmarks on this excursion that's perfect for history buffs and first-time visitors.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.17
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Hyderabad Day Tour: British Residency, Paigah Tombs and BadShahi Ashukhana

Hyderabad Day Tour: British Residency, Paigah Tombs and BadShahi Ashukhana

Spend a half-day visiting top attractions in Hyderabad with your own private guide and vehicle. Visit the magnificent British Residency, the intricately carved Paigah Tombs and the sacred Badshahi Ashurkhana, located on the banks of Musi River. Take in the beautiful architecture of Hyderabad while learning about its history from your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$90.00
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Guided Museums Day Tour in Hyderabad

Guided Museums Day Tour in Hyderabad

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Lose yourself in the many great museums of Hyderabad on this guided day tour. After getting picked up at your hotel, head to the Salar Jung Museum, one of three national museums in India, boasting a huge collection of art from around the world. Then stop into the State Museum and Nizam Museum (Purani Haveli), two repositories for Buddhist, Jain and other art. At the 200-year-old Chowmahalla Palace, marvel at the lavish estate that once held parties and events for up to 7,000 people.
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  • 8 hours
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$82.27
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White Mughals Four Hours Tour

White Mughals Four Hours Tour

Learn more about the history of Hyderabad during this 4-hour private tour of the old city. Visit some of the city’s lesser-known monuments including the British Residency that is now a women’s college, the beautifully decorated Shia mourning place of Badshahi Ashurkhana, and Indo-Saracenic architecture of the Paigah Tombs. Listen to informative commentary about the rich history and culture of the city from your guide as you explore the city.
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  • 4 hours
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$44.99
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Private Custom Tour of Hyderabad's Markets

Private Custom Tour of Hyderabad's Markets

With myriad markets selling everything from fragrant spices to beautiful frshwater pearls, Hyderabad is a great place to shop, and with this flexible, family-friendly tour you;ll get to see some of the best of the city's markets. You'll have a driver at your disposal to take you to two or three markets of your choice, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 6 hours
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$42.99
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$42.99
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