Charminar in Hyderabad, Andhra pradesh, India

Introduction:
Charminar, also known as “ The Arc de triumph of the East” is the Heart of the city Hyderabad. It is derived from two words of urdu language Char&Minar. Charminar is one of the most recognized structures of India.

History:
Charminar is built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, when he had shifted his capital from Golkonda to to what is now known as Hyderabad.He built this to commemorate the elimination of a plague epidemic from this city. It is also believed that he prayed for the end of a plague that was ravaging his city and vowed to build a masjid at the very place where he was praying.When it was built, there were arounf 1400 shops.Even today the markets Laad bazaar and Pather gatti are very famous for jewelry, bangles and pearls.

Structure:
The strucute of Charminar unlike taj mahal, the four minarets are attached four walls making it as a single struture.The four walls will be facing the four streets it is surrounded by.It is made of granite, limestone and pulverised marble.There are about 149 steps to reach the first floor, This space was used for Friday prayers.The actcual mosque will be in the fourth floor, and also it is believed that each floor is assigned for a seperate learning branch. In the british rule, they made this place for liquor and opium warehouse.

HoW 2 Reach:
By Air : Hyderabad Shamshabad internationa Airport
ByTrain:Kachiguda(KCG),Secunderabad(Sec),Nampally
By Bus: All cities are connected to Hyderabad by road.
You can also find location in the map below this post...!

More Info:
Timings: Open on Weekdays: 9AM to 5PM, Sunday: Holiday
Entry fee : Indians :   Rs5/-
                  Foreigners: $2

There also a famous mosque also known as Makkah Masjid near by, where in thousands of people do prayers on fridays.

These are some of the clicks by me....!


Collage of Charminar 

Side view of Charminar
Two minarets
clock on the walls of Charminar
Three minarets view
View from the top
Top view of Charminar
View from the Top of Charminar
Charminar in HDR
Night photography of Charminar

3