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Old city walk in Hyderabad

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    Stop At: Charkaman, Charminar, Hyderabad 500082 India

    Charminar is a monument that is symbolic of the city of Hyderabad. It was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shahi, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty to commemorate the end of a deadly plague attack on the city. Our guide will enthrall you with legends like the presence of a secret tunnel underneath Charminar which connected to Golconda Fort, created as a means of escape for the royal family at times of distress.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad 500002 India

    We will visit this famous street bazaar for pearls and bangles.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Mecca Masjid, Charminar, Hyderabad 500002 India

    We next walk to Mecca Masjid which is one of the oldest mosques in India. The foundation stone was laid by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of Qutub Shahi dynasty. The bricks used to build the mosque have been made from soil sourced from Mecca! This magnificent mosque can accommodate more than 10000 people.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Khursheed Jah Devdi, Hussaini Alam, Hyderabad, Telangana 500064, India

    We walk to the Palace of Khurshid Jah Bahadur, who belonged to the Shamsiya family, one of the first noble families of Hyderabad. One can only imagine the splendor of this building during its heydays with its elliptical arches and 40 feet tall Corinthian pillars! Though the name Baradari means twelve doors there are only five! This mansion has now been converted into the Hussaini Alam Government Girls College.
    Our next destination is a 19th century Palace of a Paigah nobleman named Asmanjah who was a law minister in the service of the Nizams. The highlights of this two-storied palace are Greek Corinthian pillars and an emblem of the glowing sun at the entrance.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Chowmahalla Palace, 20-4-236, Motigalli, Khilwat, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002, India

    The last leg of our walk brings us to Choumahalla. It is the Palace of the Nizams who were at one time the richest people in the world. Some of the noteworthy sections in this Palace include a water fountain, vintage cars, intricate carvings, glass chandeliers and the grand durbar hall. During the heydays of the Nizams, as many as 7000 attendants used to man this Palace! Our guide will give you an insight into the personal and political life of Nizams of Hyderabad.
    (Choumallah Palace is closed on Friday. If we do the walk on a friday, we will not be visiting it)

    Duration: 45 minutes
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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Tour of the old town Charminar market today with Azam was an eye opener. We wandered through back streets and delved deep into old Hyderabad. A side trip into an old hospital was an unexpected add on . Wear comfy clothes and be prepared for...More

    Thank allanahp2018
    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

    Thanks so much. It was our pleasure hosting you on the old city walk through Charminar, Mecca Masjid and the Paigah mansions. I am glad you enjoyed this walk with Azam

    Reviewed 8 July 2019 via mobile

    AZAM is an amazing guide! A true local, very pleasant, accommodating, and kind. Apart from touring the main attractions, he also took me on a walk off the beaten path to look at some architectural remnants within the old city. Azam made sure I did...More

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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2019

    Thanks so much for your kind review. I am so glad you enjoyed this tour with Azam and felt safe as well. I am also delighted you liked the Nizam Palace as well as the local bazaars. It was our pleasure.

    Reviewed 27 June 2019 via mobile

    It was great! Azam is a fantastic guide. He devoted a lot of time to us. He talked great about everything. He answered all the questions. We felt very safe in his company. We will recommend it to our friends. Thank you very much. We...More

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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2019

    Thank you so much for taking time out for this review. It was our pleasure you both on the Old City Walk. I am delighted you found Azam to be a great guide and you got an authentic experience of the old Hyderabad.

    Reviewed 11 June 2019

    We did this fascinating walk through the old city in hyderabad. Azam took us through the palaces abs mosques built by the Nizams. Choumalla palace was glorious especially the interior decoration. Even the palaces of the paigah were interesting. Azam was a fantastic guide with...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2019

    Hello and thanks for this review. I am glad you found Azam to be a fantastic guide and enjoyed the Old City walk. Its great to know you enjoyed the walk back in time to the reign of the Nizams. It was our pleasure hosting...More

    Reviewed 1 June 2019 via mobile

    I emailed 5 Senses on a Friday night asking about a tour for Saturday and was shocked when they got back to be late that night. I was able to pay online and Azam picked me up at my hotel in a taxi for the...More

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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2019

    Thank you so much for taking time out for this review. I am so glad you got a real taste life in this erstwhile kingdom of Nizams. I am also delighted you enjoyed the hidden secrets of Hyderabad, Azam showed you! It was our pleasure...More

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