Charminar-the pride of Hyderabad

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Location: Hyderabad

Importance: One of the most magnificent work of traditional architecture in India

Best time to visit : All year

Charminar-an introduction

Charminar is a majestic work of traditional Qutub Shahi architecture. It is located along the colourful bangle and pearl shops of Lad Bazaar. This imposing monument was built by Sultan Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah in memory of his wife Hindu Wife, Bhagmati, between 1591 to 1612. Charminar consists of four tall minarets and a mosque on the top floor. Charminar is built upon four grand arches in different directions with elegant minaretes and spiral staircases. Charminar is referred to as "The Arc de triomphe of the East", and gets its name from its four elegantly designed minaretes. Charminar has a design which is based upon Shia "tazias" which were erected in honour of Hussain the son in law of Prophet Mohammad. The Charminar is built of granite and lime mortar and it stands on a base and opens up in four different directions with majestic arches. Each arch has a length of 20 mts. and a width of 11 mts. All the arches have clock on their upper parts which were erected on 1889.


History of Charminar

The history of Charminar is as charming as the structure and architecture itself. Charminar was built in the year of 1591 by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah a little after he shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. Anecdotes say that Hyderabad city was under the influence of epidemic of plague. Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah prayed to Almighty for the end of the epidemic. At last when his prayers were answered and the city recovered from the epidemic he built Charminar to commemorate the elimination of a plague epidemic from this city.

This beautiful and majestic structure of classic architecture is built of granite, lime, mortar and, some say, pulverized marble etc. At one time Charminar was right at the heart of Hyderabad city and one could easily get a glimpse of the busy Hyderabad city from its four arches. Ancient story also indicate about a tunnel constructed to connect Hyderabad city and the palace at Golconda. Possibly this was an intended escape route in the event of a war.

Charminar Night View

Construction and Architecture

The night view of Charminar is splendid and gives a clear influence of Islamic architecture. Charminar looks majestic and royal from a distance but a closer view gives out its evident monumental and architectural brilliance. Charminar is an imposing monument with side measuring 20 mts. and each corner having a tall arch called minar. Each of these minars is elegance and grace personified and rises to a height of 48.7 m. Such an imposing height means that these minars are visible from a long distance and form an integral part of the city landscape. Each minar have149 stairs to guide visitors and tourists to the top floor which provides an enthralling view of Hyderabad city.

There is a wonderful mosque at the top floor of Charminar. The interiors and exteriors of Charminar are equally impressive and delightful. The elegant structure and wonderful architecture of Charminar has the capacity to leave you spellbound and amazed. Charminar has a vault that looks like a dome from inside. The vault supports two galleries one above the other. The main gallery has a capacity to accommodate 45 people for prayers and a spacious open area to accommodate more people for special Friday Namaz.

Ancient tales suggest that during the reign of Qutb Shahi and Asaf Jahi one of the minars fell off due to lightning. It was repaired and Charminar was restored back to its original grace and elegance.Charminar gives a wonderful view of the beautiful and pious Makkah Masjid. In olden days Charminar had an elaborate shopping area near it. A wonderful commercial area still operates near Charminar with famous markets like Laad Baazar and Pather Gatti. These sopping areas are favorite tourist destinations for exotic jewellery, delightful pearls and beautiful bangles.


  • Charminar Night View (101831-9818-Charminar.bmp)
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