India’s Hyderabad, City of Pearls, is famous today as much for its software capital status as it is for its imposing landmarks like the Charminar, and the Mecca Masjid – one of South India’s oldest mosques. Yet for a truly exclusive experience within the city try one of Enchanting Travels’ hand-picked selection of special activities during your travel to Hyderabad.

Tribal Visit

Enjoy a private full day’s excursion to Shadnagar, just an hour’s drive from the city center.

You will find a friendly Lambada village where the Lambada ethnic peoples –originally nomads from Rajasthan – have settled. Witness the living traditions and enjoy the tribal dances and other cultural activities.

Textile Treat

Explore Pochampalli, just 45 minutes from the city center, and witness master weavers at work. Observe the Ikkat and Double-Ikkat style of weaving sarees, dresses and furnishing of fabrics and bedcovers.

It’s worth spending a whole day here as you have the opportunity to interact with the weavers with the assistance of your personal English-speaking local guide.

Handicraft Heaven

Spend a full day visiting the workplaces of Hyderabad’s traditional craftspeople and observe masters at work, from pot makers and lac bangle makers to the bidri (metal) artists.

Spicy Stroll

Wander through Hyderabad’s many markets with a local English-speaking guide who will assist you in interacting with the many vendors.

Understand the native fruits, vegetables, spices and flowers that provide a colourful and fragrant perspective of this cosmopolitan city.

Heritage Walk

Enjoy a two hour walk with a private tour guide as you explore the many sites (and sights) of Hyderabad’s old city:

  • Jama Masjid
  • Gulzar Houz; the four gateways – Kali Kaman, Sehr-e-Batil Kaman, Machli Kaman and Charminar Kaman
  • Paterghatti market
  • Alauddin Building
  • Asif Jahi court
  • Dewan Devdi Kaman
  • Chatta Bazar.

City of Pearls

Hyderabad acquired the sobriquet City of Pearls, due to the benevolent patronage of the Nizams, who ruled the then princely state of Hyderabad for over 200 years from the 18th century to mid 20th century.

Their imperial patronage and prosperous lifestyle attracted scores of craftsmen from distant parts of the world, especially the Arabian Gulf where the rare original pearls are found in profusion.

The Nizams demanded that these pearls be brought to India in abundance.

During their glorious reign, pearls of various types were showered by them on the subjects. Hence, Hyderabad has become a one-stop-destination for pearls, which you can observe up-close with a visit to pearl merchants.

Culinary Experience with Ms Mumtaz Khan

Visit Ms. Mumtaz Khan’s residence within the city center of Begumpet to taste authentic Hyderabadi food in the traditional Hyderabadi style (known as a chowki dinner) and be hosted by an exceptional Indian foodie.

Ms. Khan is renowned for her Hyderabadi cuisine and food demonstrations and each meal is served in special Nawab antique crockery to add to the spectacle.

The menu consists of food fit for a king and queen!

Enjoy Lukmi (a flat square dough pastry generally filled with Minced meat of Lamb) to start.

The main course usually comprises of dishes such as:

  • Dum ka Murg: a special Hyderabadi meat preparation that is baked and seasoned with local spices and herbs
  • Biriyani: a saffron flavoured rice delicacy with chicken or mutton
  • Dhai ke Chatni: Curd chutney
  • Mirchi ka Salan: Curried chilli peppers in a peanut sauce
  • Tamate ka Kut: Tomato based curry with eggs

Enjoy the tandoor-baked Indian breads such as Naan and Sher Mal on the side.

For dessert, savour Kurbani ka Meeta, a delicacy made from dried apricosts and usually served at Hyderabadi weddings. Ms. Khan’s residence does not serve alcohol and requires advance booking.



We recommend you stay at palatial Taj Falaknuma or Mirror of the Sky. After ten years of renovation, this is architectural opulence set within 32 acres of cascading gardens.

Imagine outdoor terraces, Venetian chandeliers, grand marble staircases and objets d’art.

Entirely built of Italian marble and shaped like a scorpion, Taj Falaknuma sits on a hill 2,000 feet above and overlooking Hyderabad.



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