Located in Hyderabad, Charminar is a place which has been bestowed with great relevance in Indian history. Built-in the year 1591, we can say that it is not just a historic treasure but also one of the major landmarks of Hyderabad city.
One can see that in the construction of this building a great emphasis has been laid on the Indo-Islamic architecture style. The striking architectural feature of this place will astound you with its immense creativity. On an annual basis, this spot witnesses a considerable amount of tourist footfall owing to its historical beauty. The long history of this place includes the existence of the mosque on its top floor. It has been there since its inception which has been now close to 400 years.
Historically and religiously, this place is quite famous and the bustling local market only adds to the amazing aura of this place. The market is frequented at a rapid pace both by the local crowds as well as tourist crowds. It is definitely an amazing spectacle for your eyes.
Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built this historical fort in 1591 after shifting his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. There are various theories behind the construction of Charminar. However, the most prominent one says that it was constructed for the eradication of Cholera, a deadly disease which was widespread during that time. Yes, the sultan had prayed for the end of Cholera which had caused many deaths in his city. He had taken a pious oath according to which, after the elimination of this plague he would build a mosque and as his wish was granted, he built the mosque on the very site where he had prayed.
However, according to Jean de Thevenot, who was a French traveller of 17th century, this place was constructed commemorating the beginning of the second Islamic millennium year. It is said that this event was celebrated far and wide and thus the Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah founded the city of Hyderabad in the name of celebration and commemorated it with the starting of the construction of this building.
Whereas according to the book, Days of Beloved Qutb Shah constructed the Charminar in the year of 1592 on the very spot where he had first glimpsed his future queen Bhagmati. Though this story was completely rubbed off by historians and scholars, it has become popular folklore among the locals.
There is every reason to visit and explore this amazing historical place. Not just it is one of the most prominent historical destinations of our country but also because of the factors such as its subtle beauty, its architectural design and the intricate elements of Persian design, this rumbling city is truly worth your time and energy.
This is the kind of destination which helps you create some of the most impactful and profound memories with your loved ones. If you have decided to explore India then undoubtedly, this place must be in your top 10 list of travel getaways to explore in India.
Chowmahalla Palace, Charminar. Owned by the Nizams of Hyderabad, the Chowmahalla palace is one of the most incredible places that you ought to visit. It is also interesting to note that this place is also the holder of the UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit 2010. Built by Nizam Salabat Jung this place is definitely a great place to experience the subtle flavour of India.
Gulzar Houz, Char Minar. Located near Charminar, this is a historical fountain located directly in the middle of the road between Charminar and Madina building. It was essentially an octagonal shaped reservoir that was made with the aim to satisfy the thirst of the Nizam soldiers. At that time, there used to be four streams flowing from the fountain.
Visit Laad Bazaar. It is one of the most popular shopping spots in Hyderabad especially known for its amazing pieces of jewellery and bangles. Here, you will find that most of the shops sell bangles, sarees, etc. There are many legends and stories associated with this market. One such story states that this bazaar was established by the Ladli Begum who was the wife of the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad.
The Char Minar is opened for all 7 days of a week and the timings are 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The Entry Fee for Indians is Rs.5/Person and for foreigners is Rs. 100/Person.
By Air. Hyderabad airport is located just at an approximate distance of 8km from the city center. The airport has good flight connectivity and offers regular services via other cities such as Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahemdabad, etc.
By Train. To travel via train you will have to get off-board from any of the three main railway stations namely Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station or Kachiguda Railway Station. The rail connectivity via these railheads from other cities like Delhi, Pune, Ahemadabad is quite good. Some of the popular trains on these routes are Kacheguda express, Hyderabad express, and Charminar express.
By Road. If you are planning to visit Hyderabad via road network then it would be a convenient experience for you. Hyderabad connects with some of the major cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore etc through Hyderabad Highway, NH44, NH47, NH48. And it will take you an approximate time of 15-20 hours to reach Charminar from these cities.
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