Friday, 1 March 2013

Charminar-Signature Monument of Hyderabad

The architectural monument and most famous landmark of the Hyderabad city are Charminar. Charminar is the symbol of Hyderabad. Tourists who come to Hyderabad can’t miss this iconic monument. If you missed it to visit, your Hyderabad visiting will be incomplete until you do not visit the Charminar. Charminar is an Urdu word meaning four towers, Char means four and Minar means Tower (pillars). It is situated in the old city of Hyderabad near to Musi River’s eastern bank.

Charminar-Signature Monument of Hyderabad
Charminar- Symbol of Hyderabad
History of Charminar

Charminar was constructed in the year 1591 by the Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. There are lots of mythology behind its construction. According to one, it was built to celebrate the end of the plague which was spread at that time in the Hyderabad. Another story tells that it was constructed in the honor of Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah’s wife named Bhagmati when Sultan change his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. According to popular belief, four Minars of the Charminar stands for Islam’s first four khalifs.

Architecture of Charminar

Charminar-Signature Monument of Hyderabad
Inner view of Charminar
Charminar is the example of Indo-Islamic architecture which has some Persian architecture style in its design. Square shaped Charminar which has four Minars in each corner of the monument. Charminar’s each side base having 20 meters (66 feet) in length, 56 meters high and 30 meters wide. If we measure from ground whole monument structure has 48.7 meters in height. From the roof of Charminar, its Minars height is 24 meters. There are four arches on each side of Minar which are in 11 meters wide. All four Minars arches open into a plaza. Charminar building is constructed by using the granite, limestone and pulverized marble. Each Minar having 149 spiral staircase steps inside it for going to the top floor of Charminar. Its main gallery having an open space for the mass prayer on Friday. In the year 1889 four clocks were added in the Charminar in all four cardinal directions.

According to a popular legend about Charminar, there is an underground tunnel inside the Charminar which is connected to Golconda Palace which was only used by the royal family of Qutb Shahi. Around the Charminar, there is a market which is very popular for old antique items, bangles Mughlai delicacies, pearls, etc. This historical monument is now maintained by the Indian Government body, Archeological Survey of India.

Visiting Time of Charminar

Charminar opens at 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Daily.

Total time will be only 2 hours for a complete visit of the Charminar monument. The Charminar is illuminated from 7pm to 9pm so you can also visit during that time but entry not allowed inside.

Entry Fee of Charminar

There is a very nominal entry fee, Rs. 5 for Indian Nationals and Rs. 100 for foreign nationals.

How to Reach Charminar

Hyderabad is well connected to all of the cities of India by air, rail and bus services. So you can reach here easily. For Charminar you can get the easily private taxi, auto and cab also.

TouristBug’s Recommendations

If you love to collect historical things like coins, jewelry then you can purchase all these things at a very low cost near the Charminar market.

I will recommend you must visit once Charminar if you are in Hyderabad.

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