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‘Charminar’, The ICON of Hyderabad

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Charminar – Icon of Hyderabad

Charminar Hyderabad – A unique historical monument of Hyderabad

In the year 1580, the Golkonda Sultanate ruler, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah sifted the capital city from Golkonda to the current old city (which is around 5kms far from Golkonda).  Coming to History of Charminar, Hyderabad’s Charminar is constructed in the year 1591 which is the first structure which is constructed in Hyderabad as part Quli Qutb Shah’s new capital. Various myths have been recorded on the construction of this historical architectural monument. The famous and widely believed is that the Charminar is constructed to eradicate the disease Plague which was ravaging the Hyderabad City at that time. Another myth is that the Sultan built this huge structure in the honor of his wife ‘Bhagyamathi’ (also called as ‘Bhagmathi’).

The 400+ year old Charminar got its name from the four minars, which means Minarets in English. Charminar Hyderabad is one of the beautiful monuments in the square shape with 20 meter on each side and Minars stand at a height of 48.7 metres.  Each minar has 4 levels and 149 winding steps inside. A tourist can climb these steps and find the wonderful breathtaking view of the city.

On the western side of the Charminar’s open roof, one can see a mosque. There are 45 prayers spaces at the top where devotees used to do prayers.  The architecture of this beautiful monument is in Islamic style which is made of granite, mortor, limestone and marble.

Charminar looks very beautiful with the lighting at the night time. The surrounding area of this monument is also called as Charminar and it is very busy centre in Hyderabad city. The famous religious places of like Mecca Masjid and Jama Masjid are located very nearer to Charminar. Laad Bazaar known for women’s accessories and Pather Gatti known for pearls are located in the surrounding of Charminar.

Hyderabad’s Charminar has become an icon of Hyderabad Tourism. Everyday many tourist across the globe visit Hyderabad city and Charminar being the one of the places to visit in Hyderabad.  One should not miss Charminar during Ramzan festival. The place is a favourite destination for Hyderabad tourists during Ramzan seacon.

Charminar Hyderabad
Charminar at Night – Image Source: Image source:

Distance to Charminar Hyderabad:

  • 11 Kms from Secunderabad
  • 146 Kms from Warangal
  • 168 kms from Karimnagar

Journey Time By Road to Charminar Hyderabad:

  • 30 min from Secunderabad Railway Station
  • 3 hours 30 min. from Warangal
  • 4 hours 15 min. from Karimnagar

Route by road:

  • Plenty of buses from Secunderabad Railway Station (Bus Numbers are 8A, 2C, 2Z, 2U),
  • 3 Kms distance from MGBS Bus Stand (Bus Numbers are 217CK, 3K, 71R, 2C, 95K, 72V, 72N, 2, 8A,etc)

When to go:

  • Any time of the year.
  • Charminar Hyderabad Timings are 9:00 A.M to 5:30 P.M

Where to stay: There are plenty of hotels in Hyderabad ranging from 5 Star to budget hotels

Interesting Facts about Charminar Hyderabad:

  • Quli Qutb Shah constructed this monument because of the promise and in the honour of Allah.
  • The special attraction of Charminar is the four Minars.
  • The Mosque is located in the top floor of this building.
  • There is a legendary story that an underground tunnel is constructed by Quli Qutb Shah from Charminar to Golconda Fort, to use as the emergency route for their family members if a problem occurs.
  • There are around 14000 shops in Charminar area market.

Food Facilities: There are plenty of food varieties in Hyderabad. But don’t miss Hyderabadi Biryani.

Buses (or Trains) Availability:

  • Nampally railway station is the nearest Railway station which well connected to all major railway stations in India.
  • Many number of busses available from all the major centers in Hyderabad.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

  • Mecca Mosque
  • Jama  Mosque
  • Lad Bazar
  • Madina Bulding

Contact Numbers: Hyderabad Tourism Information Center (24X7) – 040-23450444.

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