Charminar is located in the heart of the old city of Hyderabad. The construction of Charminar by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah marks the end of the deadly plague. This beautiful monument of Hyderabad is alluring for not just people of our country but for people across the world till date. Charminar is one of the top places to visit in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
The structure of Charminar also appears on the Emblem of Telangana State representing the city of Hyderabad. It is also the landmark for the city of Hyderabad. This article will provide you with all the information both about Charminar and things to do at Charminar.
How to Reach Charminar?
Telangana State Road Transportation Corporation runs many buses that connect Hyderabad to different towns in the country. Once you reach Hyderabad, there are many buses running from the bus station to Charminar.
The Nampally Railway Station also known as Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Charminar located about 4 kilometres away.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad is the international airport located in Hyderabad. The airport is about 20 kilometres from Charminar.
Brief History of Charminar Monument
Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built Charminar in 1591 when he moved his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad city. Why is Charminar built? is the most asked question. There are many theories explaining it. However, the most known reason is – Charminar was built to mark the end of the plague. The word Charminar in Urdu means four pillars in English.
Architecture of Charminar
The architectural style of Charminar is Indo-Islamic. Limestone, granite and pulverised material are the materials used in constructing Charminar. The four minarets attached to the four arches; a bulbous dome is present on the top of each minaret.
There is also saying that there is an escape route in the form of an underground tunnel connecting Charminar to Golconda fort, built by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah. However, the location of the tunnel is not found yet.
The monument is open on all days of the week and the visiting hours are from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. One can visit Charminar for its beauty. It can be captured into photos by photographers by standing on the street till late at night as the street is always bustling.
The entry ticket for Charminar is Rs.25 for Indian travellers and also for travellers from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries. The entry ticket for foreigners is Rs.300. There is no entry ticket for children under the age of 15.
Things to do at Charminar
Have you ever asked a Hyderabadi, what excites them about Charminar? I am sure you would have heard the answer, shopping at Lad Bazaar. There is a belief that Lad Bazaar had around 14000 shops during the Qutub Shah dynasty. Lad Bazaar is famous for staggering glass and lac bangles, jewellery, perfumes, clothes, spices etc. You can also relax by having the hot tea at various Irani chai stalls that the streets of Charminar hold.
Having a City view
By reaching the first floor of Charminar, one can have a beautiful view of the city Hyderabad.
Relish the street food of Charminar
As you walk in the streets of Charminar, the aroma of delicious kebabs, biscuits, biryanis will attract you towards them. And the best part is you can have all these delicious foods at bargain prices. Shah Ghouse, Pista House, Akbar Fast Food corner, Hotel Rumaan, Nimrah Bakery, Agra sweets, Govind Dosa, Kebab-E-Jahangiri, Hotel Shaharan, Royal Fish, Mashallah Ghawa, Hotel Shadaab and also Hotel Nayab a Charminar Indian restaurant, offer you the tasty foods at affordable prices.
The important places to visit at Charminar are:
- Mecca Masjid
Mecca Masjid is one of the famous mosques in India. The bricks of the central arch of the mosque are made from the soil of Mecca.
- Char Kaman and Gulzar Houz
There are four arches to the north of Charminar. The four arches were built in the 16th century along with Charminar. Char Kaman or Charminar Kaman or Kali Kaman are other names to these arches. Gulzar Houz is the fountain in the heart of the Char Kaman.
Besides, Golconda Fort, Nehru Zoological Park, Hussain Safar, Ramoji Film city, Salarjung Museum, Birla Mandir etc. are other places that can be visited near Charminar.
Stays Near Charminar
You can plan your stay near Charminar at
- Hotel Mina Grand
- Hotel Haveli Inn
- Tara International or also at other hotels.
So, don’t miss out this astonishing attraction and pride of the city of pearls-Hyderabad.
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