Charminar is always on the top of the mind of any tourist visiting Hyderabad and also a major important landmark in the city.
A splendid piece of architecture standing in the heart of the city built by Quli Qutub Shah, in 1591. This magnificent monument is the unique symbol of Hyderabad. Charminar is often called as “The Arc de triomphe of the East”. It is considered as the legendary masterpiece of Qutub Shahi’s. This beautiful structure derives its name from four intricately carved minarets, The four graceful minarets literally meaning ‘Four Minars’, soar to a height of 48.7m each, above the ground. It is located amidst the colourful shops of Lad Bazaar with its glittering traditional bangles in the old city. Enormous in its size, this imposing monument exudes a charm that is more than 400 years old.
Charminar is a square alike structure with 4 towers in the four corners of the square. Each of whose sides is 20 Meters in length. Every side opens into a plaza through giant arches. The arches overlook four major thoroughfares. Except the minarets, they dwarf all other features of the building. Each arch is 11 meters wide and rises 20 meters to the top from the plinth. The minarets soar up skywards by 24 meters from the roof of Charminar. Each minaret has four stories and each looks like a delicately and skillfully carved ring around the minaret. From the ground to the pinnacle, the minarets cover a length of 48.7 meters. It is said that, during the Mughal Governorship between Asaf Jahi and Qutb Shahi rule, the south western minaret fell in to piece after being struck by lightning. After this it was immediately repaired at a cost of Rs 60,000. In 1824, replasterication of the monument was done at a cost of Rs 100,000.
Charminar is surrounded by markets and many other structures which adds to its grace. It boasts Chow Mohalla palace, Shahali Banda, Laad Bazar, Kali Kaman and Patthar Gatti and Mecca Masjid. The structure of Charminar show both Indian and Mughal architectural styles. You can see good views of all over the old city from the top of the minarets.
Hydrabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh State. For the reason, you can get to be very choosy about your lodging. You are served with very wide variety of lodges. Also 3 star and 5 star hotels are here to make your holidays better.
Rail: The nearest major railway station to the town on Charminar is the Hyderabad Railway Station.