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Monday, 18th June 2018
8:30 am – 4:15 pm
USD 150 /person
This tour will cover the main sights of Hyderabad.
Drive from Novotel HICC to Old City - 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Charminar Area Walk - 9:45 AM to 11:30 AM
| A short walk will take us to see the most famous symbol of the city, the Charminar that was planned as the centre of the city when the capital shifted from Golkonda to Hyderabad in 1591 AD.
The four minarets structure towers over bustling bazaars 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, the Unani Hospital,the Osmania Hospital,
|High Court, 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.|
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM - Chowmahalla Palace Tour
The Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of the dynasty of the Nizams of Hyderabad who were well known
for the grandeur and wealth. This palace, built in the eighteenth century has been painstakingly restored and has been open to public only since 2006. The imposing Durbar Hall with its collection of glittering chandeliers and several rooms within the Palace display artefacts from the past that reflect the opulence with which this dynasty lived and ruled.
Drive to The Park – 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
Buffet Lunch at The Park – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
After the tour of the Chowmahalla Palace, we will drive down to The Park Hotel which overlooks the famous Hussain Sagar Lake for a specially catered international lunch buffet. The dishes will include Continental, Chinese and Indian dishes with two live counters.
After lunch, we will drive to the Golkonda Fort and explore the lower portions of the magnificent walled
city of the 16th century.
Tour of the lower portions of the Golkonda Fort – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
The Fort was the centre of the world diamond trading in the 16th century. Built over several decades,
this imposing structure has some incredible acoustic features. Given the weather at this time of
the year, we will avoid the steep climb of 360 steps but will explore the lower portions of the Fort
including the army barracks, ruins of the Palace complex and administrative offices.
Drive back to Novotel HICC – 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Pickup/Drop-Off will be at Novotel HICC. Delegates staying at other hotels must make their own way to/from Novotel HICC.
Please gather at the lobby of Novotel HICC at 8:00 am. Coaches will depart from Novotel HICC
at 8:30 sharp and will not wait for late comers!