Explore the charming Old City of Hyderabad and visit the colossal Mecca Mosque, browse the lively market stalls of Laad Bazaar, and marvel at the monumental Charminar mosque, on this Hyderabad Half Day Tour.
Established on the southern banks of the river Musi, Hyderabad is a city of rocky terrain that has with time transformed into a hustling metropolitan offering the best Biryanis ever. The city has one of the best varieties of pearls and gemstones in the world.
The breathtaking structure, which is at the heart of the city will mesmerise you more as you come closer. The four storied minars are ornamented with ring formations in the shape of delicate flower petals. An excellent example of Islamic architecture, the structure is made up of pulverised marbles, granites, mortar and limestone. There are 45 praying spaces but the best one is the rooftop mosque at the western end of the structure. As the sound of the city dwindles down, as serenity starts surrounding you, you will feel like heaven itself is blessing you. There are 149 winding steps that lead up to the rooftop. Take a break and stand on the balcony of the first floor and feast your eyes on the hustle and bustle of the busy Laad bazaar down below.
One of the oldest markets of Hyderabad, Laad bazaar (also known as Choodi Bazaar) is on one of the four roads branching off from the Charminar. The word 'Laad' means laquer, a material from which bangles are made. The laquers are often studden with gems or other embellishments to produce the final product. The history of the market goes as far back as the days of the Nizams. It is mainly popular for bangles, but you can also find artificial jewellery, silverwares, saris, Kalamkari paintings, antiques, traditional Khara dupattas, spices, brocaded fabrics, perfumes, etc.
Departing after breakfast, we make our way towards Birla Mandir Temple, set on the rocky hills of Kala Pahar. This contemporary white marble temple was built in the late 1900s and is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, making it a popular centre of Hindu pilgrimage – and its hilltop location means it offers spectacular views of the city below.
Next we head to the Hyderabad’s enchanting Old City filled with remnants of its faded grandeur, from ancient monuments and ornate tombs, to beautiful mosques and splendid palaces. Here we visit the colossal Mecca Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the city and one of the largest in all of India holding up to 10,000 worshipers. Now it’s time for some shopping, as we browse the lively market stalls of Laad Bazaar, where you can find bangles, jewellery, saris, embroidered fabrics and perfumes. Our last stop is at Charminar, a monumental mosque in the heart of the city and one of its most important landmarks.