HYDERABAD WITH THE TAJ MAHAL
TOUR DURATION – 08 DAYS
04 NIGHTS HYDERABAD / 01 NIGHT AGRA / 02 NIGHTS DELHI
DAY 01: HYDERABAD
Upon arrival at Hyderabad Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel/resort to freshen up. Then, at your convenience, start exploring the ‘City of Nizams,’ Hyderabad, known for its rich heritage.
Discover Hyderabad’s treasures, including the iconic Char Minar, a UNESCO tentative World Heritage Site symbolizing the city’s history, with a mosque atop that has stood for over 430 years amidst vibrant market areas. Explore the Mecca Masjid, which showcases exquisite Islamic architecture. Legend has it that bricks made from soil brought from Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, were used in the central arch’s construction, giving the Mosque its good name. Next, visit the Nizam Museum within the Purani Haveli complex, where you’ll find personal effects and artifacts of the Hyderabad Nizams, offering valuable insights into their lifestyle and culture. In the evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant Laad Bazar (Laad Market), a historical hub for bangles, semi-precious stones, pearls, jewelry, and perfumes. The market’s vibrant hues and intricate designs adorn its streets, which often bustle with activity. The atmosphere radiates energy and vitality, forging an unparalleled and memorable shopping escapade.
DAY 02: HYDERABAD
After breakfast, set out on a captivating journey to uncover the riches of Hyderabad’s heritage and cultural gems. As the sun sets, immerse yourself in history coming to life at the captivating Golconda Fort Light & Sound Show, with the grand monument as a mesmerizing backdrop.
Embark on an enchanting heritage journey in Hyderabad, commencing at the prestigious Salar Jung Museum, established in 1951 and named after former Prime Minister of the Hyderabad State, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung. This museum boasts an extensive collection of rare art objects, manuscripts, and printed books spanning various eras and global regions, featuring iconic treasures such as the Veiled Rebecca and the enchanting Jade Room. Continue your exploration at the distinctive Chowmahalla Palace, currently a contender for UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. Constructed in the late 18th century, it harmoniously combines architectural styles and served as the official residence of the Nizams, showcasing Neo-Classical design, verdant gardens, and a majestic fountain. Delve into history at Golconda Fort, also a UNESCO tentative site, with origins dating back to the 13th century and later expanded by the Qutub Shahi kings, renowned for its remarkable architecture. Wrap up your day at the opulent Falaknuma Palace, a 19th-century gem seamlessly blending European and Indian architectural styles, adorned with intricate carvings and exquisite frescoes. Today, it extends a warm invitation to visitors, offering a taste of its lavish history and unparalleled beauty.
DAY 03: HYDERABAD
After breakfast, embark on a captivating journey to discover the essence of Hyderabad.
Embark on a captivating journey, starting with the historical Qutb Shahi Tombs, a collection of royal tombs showcasing unique Indo-Islamic architecture. Explore these final resting places of rulers, including the city’s founder, Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, and enjoy panoramic views of the landscape. Next, visit the interactive Birla Science Museum, offering a fun learning experience for all ages, along with the impressive Birla Planetarium. Continue to Necklace Road, a serene promenade with lush greenery and captivating sculptures, providing an ideal escape from the city’s hustle. Discover the enchanting Hussain Sagar Lake with its towering Lord Buddha statue, offering boating and evening strolls, and nearby Lumbini Park for a magical musical fountain show projecting the city’s history onto a water screen—a must-visit Hyderabad experience.
DAY 04: HYDERABAD IN AND AROUND
After breakfast, set forth on a captivating Day Excursion to the enchanting Ramoji Film City. In the evening, the old city becomes a canvas for your leisurely exploration, where every alley reveals the rich tapestry of Hyderabadi flavors. Immerse yourself in this culinary wonderland where traditions thrive, creating a symphony of taste and aroma that’s simply irresistible.
Unveil the magic of Ramoji Film City, a globally acclaimed film studio sprawling across an impressive 2,500 acres, proudly etched in the Guinness Book of World Records. With its captivating architecture and versatile settings, it’s a cherished destination for both filmmakers and millions of visitors. Embark on a guided tour to immerse yourself in the captivating realm of movie sets and experience the enchantment of cinema like never before.
Hyderabad’s culinary scene is a captivating tapestry of flavors, a fusion of Turkish, Mughlai, Arabic, and Indian culinary traditions. From the world-famous Hyderabadi biryani to the hearty haleem, flavorful Murgh champe, and tender Gosht pasinde, each dish tells a story of the city’s rich heritage. Sip on fragrant Irani chai, indulge in decadent Shahi tukra, and relish sweet treats like Sheer khurma and Mauz ka mitha, painting a vivid picture of the Nizami legacy. With a culinary history spanning centuries, dining in Hyderabad is an unforgettable journey that will tantalize your taste buds and leave an indelible mark on your memory.
DAY 05: HYDERABAD – DELHI
After early breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Hyderabad Airport for a morning flight to Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel/resort to freshen up. Then, at your convenience, you can head out for sightseeing and visits. Enjoy your exploration of the heritage city of Delhi
Discover Delhi, India’s capital, nestled along the Yamuna River. This ancient city, with its rich history, UNESCO heritage sites, and British colonial charm, houses a treasure trove of ancient relics, historic marvels blending Indo-Islamic architecture, captivating museums, inspiring art galleries, lively performing arts, delightful dining, and bustling markets that breathe life into every corner.
Explore Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Qutub Complex, Humayun’s Magnificent Tomb, and Safdarjung’s Grand Mausoleum. Immerse yourself in the serenity of Lodi Gardens, spanning 90 lush acres, blending nature’s beauty with historic treasures. Enjoy a leisurely evening on your own.
DAY 06: DELHI – AGRA
After breakfast, we will drive to the “Indian heritage city Agra.” Upon arriving in Agra, we will embark on a journey of sightseeing and visits.
Embark on a heritage journey in Agra, beginning with the iconic Taj Mahal, a world wonder and emblem of India’s rich history. Celebrated as the “Jewel of Islamic Architecture,” it represents the zenith of Mughal design and was honored as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.Then, explore the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, which witnessed significant Mughal events, and marvel at the red sandstone beauty known as the “Qila-i-Akbari.” Next, visit the exquisite Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb, often called the ‘Baby Taj Mahal.’ Finally, conclude your tour at Sikandra Tomb, where Emperor Akbar rests in a magnificent garden designed by his son, Emperor Jahangir.
DAY 07: AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI / DELHI
Start your day with a breathtaking sunrise at the Taj Mahal, followed by a return to your hotel/resort to freshen up. Next, venture out to explore the UNESCO-listed Fatehpur Sikri. Later, continue your journey to Delhi, upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel/resort.
Explore Fatehpur Sikri, the “City of Victory,” a UNESCO world heritage site and a testament to Indo-Islamic architectural excellence, founded by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. It briefly served as the Mughal Empire’s capital, leaving a significant imprint on Indian town planning with its uniform Mughal architectural style and grand gateways.
DAY 08: DELHI
After breakfast, immerse yourself in Delhi’s rich heritage and culture with a unique blend of Walking and Car Tours. Explore the authentic Delhi, designed by those who know it best. Later in the evening / late evening, your transfer to Delhi Airport for your onward journey.
Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Shahjahanabad, the heart of Delhi’s walled city. Journey through its captivating history, intricate architecture, flavorful cuisine, and enduring traditions, resonating with echoes of Urdu and Persian literature. Explore iconic landmarks like the grand Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Jama Mosque) and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the majestic Red Fort (Lal Qila). Transition to New Delhi, the dynamic former capital of British India, where history meets modernity in an unforgettable fusion of experiences. After this enriching exploration, you will be transferred to Delhi Airport for your onward journey, ensuring a seamless departure.