When you think of Hyderabad, that name comes to mind. It is located in the center of the city with the local market and business bustle all around.
The time of this grand structure can be traced back to Quli Qutb Shah, who constructed this grand building in 1591.
This fascinating 400-year-old structure is known as ‘The Arc de Triomphe of the East’.
It is said that due to lack of water and plague, Quli Qutb Shah was forced to build a new city with Charminar in its centre and four roads were built around it in four different directions.
The Architecture of Charminar
The Charminar is square in shape and the minarets have four levels and a ring is circumambulated around the tower.
The four arches of the building face the four main directions and each side is open to a vast courtyard.
A perfect symbol of royal architecture, the monument shows distinct elements of Hindu architecture.
Islamic architecture is evident in the arches and domes, and the ornamentation is predominantly Hindu. Constructed using granite and lime-mortar, floral designs and water curtains add to the beauty and grandeur of the monument.
Things to do:
- Points of Interest & Landmarks
- Gift & Speciality Shops
- Sacred & Religious Sites
- Shopping Malls
Timings: (Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 5:30 pm) and Only (Friday 9 am – 12:30 pm, 2 pm – 5:30 pm)
Entry Fee: For Indian tourists, SAARC nationals, and tourists from BIMSTEC, the ticket cost is INR 25 per Adult. For other foreign tourists, Charminar ticket price is INR 250 per person.
To explain, the cost of a local guide is only 150 rupees.