Tours & Travel Assistance

To help make the most of your trip to India, especially those that will be traveling a great distance to attend ICIS 2020, we would like to provide additional resources to make arrangements to explore local offerings and trips pre/post conference.

We are working with Thomas Cook-India to provide packages that offer local sightseeing, shopping, as well as travel to the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) or any other destination you may wish.  They have extensive options and services available that can accommodate all travel needs (i.e. flights, hotels, guides, ground transportation, etc.). They can also provide assistance with your International flights.

Below are a few preliminary options. Additional details to follow as we get closer to the conference date.  You will have the option to select your experiences and pay the vendor directly. Tour links will be added to this page at a later date. In the meantime, should you have any inquiries regarding flights, and tours, you may email Mayuri Mishra – mayuri.mishra@thomascook.in or Nilesh Doijode –  nilesh.doijode@thomascook.in with your inquiry.

Hyderabad’s Popular Attractions

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple, built on a 280 feet (85 m) high hillock called Naubath Pahad on a 13 acres (53,000 m2) plot. The construction took 10 years and was opened in 1976 by Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission.The temple manifests a blend of Dravidian, Rajasthani and Utkala architectures. It is constructed of 2000 tons of pure white marble. The granite idol of presiding deity Lord Venkateswara is about 11 ft (3.4 m) tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella on the top. There is a brass flagstaff in the temple premises which rises to a height of 42 ft (13 m). The temple does not have traditional bells, as Swami Ranganathananda wished that the temple atmosphere should be conducive for meditation.

Qutub Shahi Tombs

Qutub Shahi Tombs were erected in the memory of the old kings of Golconda. The arch, columns, dome minarets, and galleries look exquisite and are surrounded by gardens called Ibrahim Bagh.  As per legend, these tombs were revered during the rule of the Qutub Shahi Kings and even criminals taking refuge here were pardoned. Considered to be few of the oldest monuments of Hyderabad, these tombs captivate their visitors with the architectural excellence presenting a beautiful blend of Persian and Indian architectural styles. You can see the influences of Hindu, Pathan, Deccan as well as Persian styles in the structure of tombs.

Golkonda Fort

The Golconda fort is arguably the greatest hill fortress of India. Built in AD 1143 as a mud fort, it was fortified between the 14th and 17th centuries and served as the principle Palace of the Bahmani Sultans and the Qutb Shahi dynasty. Our guide will bring alive the history of this Fort and how it shaped the future of Hyderabad and its people. Post learning about the divine history of Golconda Fort we will head towards the Qutub Shahi Tomb.

Salarjung Museum

The most famous museum  at Dar-ul-Shifa, on the southern bank of the Musi River in the city of HyderabadTelanganaIndia. It is one of the three National Museums of India It has the world’s largest one-man Art collection. Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III(1889–1949) who was the Prime Minister of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, spent a fortune over thirty-five years to build this collection. The collection ranges from 2nd century B.C to early 20th century A.D of different cultures such as Greek, Roman, Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Christian and Islamic.

Charminar

A monument that is symbolic of the city of Hyderabad. It was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shahi, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty to commemorate the end of a deadly plague attack of the city. Our guide will enthrall you with legends like the presence of a secret tunnel underneath Charminar which connected to Golconda Fort, created as a means of escape for the royal family at times of distress.

Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid which is one of the oldest mosques in India. The foundation stone was laid by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of Qutub Shahi dynasty. The bricks used to build the mosque have been made from soil sourced from Mecca! This magnificent mosque can accommodate more than 10000 people. Non-Muslims allowed.

Date(s) Offered Full Day Tour – Pre & Post Conference Only

-Dates TBD

Depart Hotel 7:30 AM
Start Time 8:00 AM
End Time 5:30 PM
Arrive Hotel 6:30 PM – Drop-off at respective conf. hotels
Snacks/Meals Buffet Lunch at the Golconda Hotel and packed snacks will be served on the coach.
Attire Comfortable shoes, scarf/hat,

Women – trousers or skirts ankle length, bring a scarf with you. No sleeveless tops if visiting mosque

Men – no shorts

Minimum / Maximum Participants Required TBD
Additional Information Considerable walking on uneven surface especially at Golconda Fort.
Per Person Fee Coming soon
Date(s) Offered Pre & Post Conference – Dates TBD
Depart Hotel TBD
Start Time 4:00 PM
End Time 9:00 PM
Arrive Hotel TBD
Snacks/Meals Packed snacks served on the coach.
Attire Comfortable shoes
Minimum / Maximum Participants Required TBD
Additional Information Uneven surface at Golconda Fort
Per Person Fee Coming soon
Date(s) Offered Full Day Tour – Pre & Post Conference Only

-Dates TBD

Depart Hotel TBD
Start Time 8:30 AM
End Time 4:00 PM
Arrive Hotel 6:00 PM – drop-off at respective conf. hotels
Snacks/Meals Packed Lunch and Snacks will be provided along with soft drinks.
Attire Comfortable shoes
Minimum / Maximum Participants Required TBD
Additional Information Out of city travel.
Per Person Fee Coming soon
Date(s) Offered 16 December 2020
Depart HICC 3:00 PM – HICC
Start Time 3:30 PM
End Time 7:00 PM
Arrive Hotel 7:45 PM (drops will be at respective hotels)
Snacks/Meals As this is a food trail, meals will be included.
Attire Comfortable shoes
Minimum / Maximum Participants Required TBD
Additional Information Walking, comfortable shoes recommended.
Per Person Fee Coming soon
Date(s) Offered Full Day Tour – Pre & Post Conference Only

-Dates TBD

Depart Hotel 6:00 AM – Pick-up from conf. hotels
Start Time 6:00 AM
End Time 5:00 PM
Arrive Hotel 8:00 PM (drop at hotels)
Snacks/Meals Lunch at restaurant in Warangal City and snacks will be served in the coach.
Attire Comfortable shoes
Minimum / Maximum Participants Required TBD
Additional Information Out of city travel.
Per Person Fee Coming soon

GUEST ACTIVITIES

Offered during the day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning.

Date(s) Offered TBD
Depart Hotel 2:00 PM
Start Time 2:00 PM
End Time 6:00 PM
Arrive Hotel 7:00 PM
Snacks/Meals Snacks served during the tour.
Attire Comfortable
Minimum / Maximum Participants Required TBD
Additional Information Walking

Indian Cooking Class

One-Day and Two-Day classes available.  Learn how to prepare snacks, main courses, desserts. This will be a customized tour as per the participant’s preference. The classes will be available any day pre & post the conference.

Date(s) Offered TBD – flexible
Depart Hotel TBD
Start Time 10:00 AM
End Time 5:00 PM
Arrive Hotel TBD
Snacks/Meals Lunch will be served during the classes.
Attire No dress code.
Minimum / Maximum Participants Required TBD
Additional Information
Per Person Fee Coming soon

Travel and Tours in India – sample

Any other cities you may wish to visit, flights, tours, etc. can be arranged directly with Thomas Cook – India.

Cancellation Policy – TBD

If you wish to contact Thomas Cook – India with any special inquiries as you plan your trip to ICIS 2020, please contact:

*Reservation and payment transaction are between the attendee and the vendor, Thomas Cook-India

(not affiliated with UK). AIS/ICIS shall not be held liable.

Please check back for additional details and the reservation link.