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.