Best Time to Visit : October to March
Popular as : The Arc de Triomphe of the East"
Other Attractions : Mecca Masjid, Chow Mohalla Palace,
Shahali Banda, Laad Bazar, Kali Kaman and Patthar Gatti.
Built By : Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah
Built In : 1591
Hyderabad's most popular landmark Charminar is located at the
center of the old city and surround by lively bazaars. It was built
by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 in honour of his wife
Bhagmati, shortly after he had shifted his capital from Golconda to
what now is known as Hyderabad. It is popular as the Arc de Triomphe
of the East and considered as the legendary masterpiece of Qutub
Charming structure define as its name from four intricately carved
minarets, the four graceful minarets which means 'Four Minars'.
Charminar is in square shape with four towers in the four corners of
the square, each side is 20 metres long. Every side opens into a
plaza through giant arches, which overlook four major thoroughfares
and dwarf other features of the building except the minarets. Each
arch is 11 metres wide and rises 20 metres to the pinnacle from the
plinth. The minarets soar skywards by 24 metres from the roof of
Charminar. Each minaret has four storeys, each looking like a
delicately carved ring around the minaret. From the ground to the
apex, the minarets cover a length of 48.7 metres.
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.