What you'll do
We start the experience by grabbing a cup of Irani chai at one of the oldest bakeries in Hyderabad. As we move forward, we will stop by the bangle shops of Laad Bazaar. We will learn about Dakhini (popularly known as Hyderabadi Hindi/Urdu) and pick up a few phrases in the language. Before we end the experience, we shall visit the only dargah in India where the graves inside the tomb are covered in sand. Join us as we explore the lanes around the Charminar at dawn, discovering the many facets of the ‘Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb’. This site is a perfect representation of the region’s multilingualism as well as its local people, trade and cuisines. In this expereince we will not not only learn about the history of this iconic monument but also hear the stories of the people who inhabit these lanes.
Hi! We are Vaibhav and Ansaar from India curated − a community passionate about bringing to you experiences seeped in India's heritage, its ecology, and its wellness practices. While I, Vaibhav, have co-founded award-winning heritage tourism initiatives, Ansaar is an independent researcher in experiential learning, communication design and interactive pedagogy. He has spent an immense amount of time learning about various aspects of this locality - from architecture and food to crafts and artisan products. He has conducted several ground-level interviews, developed notes, taken photographs and met the different kinds of people that live in this locality.
Where you'll be
•Charminar, a world-famous landmark built by the Qutb Shahi dynasty •Hotel Shadab, famous for its traditional Hyderabadi biryani •Badshahi Ashoorkhana, a mourning place for Shias, mainly used during Muharram •Hotel Nayaab, a local tourist attraction, to have haleem and tea •Dewan Deodi, the royal chambers of Salar Jung III •Pathergatti, a century-old commercial hub in Hyderabad •Nimrah Bakery, a tourist attraction famous for their Irani chai
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 5 guests ages 10 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Since we are visiting a religious site, women should carry a scarf. For the same reason, men should not wear shorts. Please wear comfortable shoes during this experience. When entering religious sites, shoes will need to be taken off.
The Lanes of the Charminar