The Charminar is one of the most renowned monuments in India and it is often used as a symbol to represent Hyderabad. It is located in the heart of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. It falls somewhere between the states of Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. People often use the Charminar as a land mark for finding each other in the crowd and also for recognizing addresses. It is a profoundly crowde place with tourists mostly and even by the local citizens because it is the busiest part of the City. The Architecture of the Charminar is in the Mughal style as it was built by Qutb Shah in the 16th century to commemorate the beginning of the second Islamic millennium (1000AH). However, different historians have different viewpoints about the reason behind the construction of the Charminar in Hyderabad. The word Charminar means “Four Towers”. Historically, the Charminar was built at the conjunction of the old trade routes between Golconda and the port city of Masulipatnam. Thus it was also constructed to reflect on the economic structure of the state. It was like a core symbol Hyderabad which was built by keeping the Charminar in the centre. This monument is a square structure with four towers of the Islamic architectural style placed at four corners of the square which has lengths of 20 meters on all sides. If you are a lover of history then definitely you can spend a lot of time in exploring the structure.

Charminar, located in the Old city, is Hyderabad,'s emblem and far more stunning than sketches on the brand of cigarettes named after it. It is an imposing structure with four towering minarets. It is embellished with stucco decoration typical of the Qutub Shahi style.

The official language is Telugu.


Travel Tips

The tourist must understand that since the City of Hyderabad is very important as far the industrial and economic development of India in concerned. Thus it is an expensive city and so you must carry enough money for whatever expenses you have to make. As climbing up the steps in the towers of Charminar requires body fitness, so if you have heart diseases or asthma then it’s better not to climb up. You must try out the renowned Hyderabadi Biriyani when you are in Hyderabad to see the Charminar.

October to February is the best time to visit here.

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Things to do

The location of the Charminar might give you a feeling that it has not much of importance because people can always have an access to it and it’s a very available place to see. But if you are a tourist who loves history, then you can satisfy your curiosities about the Mughal architecture by watching the Charminar carefully. The minarets on the four sides are attached to the main square structure of the monument unlike the design in the Taj Mahal. The petal like designs below the dome shaped structures on top of the minarets is simply awesome to observe. Each minaret is 56 meters high and there are 149 winding steps to reach the top most floor of the towers. If you can reach there, you will be astonished by the panoramic view of the Hyderabad city from there. You can have brilliant snaps of the city from this please as well as from the fabulous balconies of this monument. You will also enjoy shopping around the Charminar where you can really strike great bargaining deals.

Getting Around

Going around in Hyderabad and especially in the Charminar area is best on foot because the area is pretty crowded and it can be very irritating on a transport. However, if you want to explore the local transports then you can take the auto-rickshaws or the tongas in Hyderabad.

Places to Stay

There are number of luxurious or an extraordinary looking hotel, but the interiors don't quite match the exterior.

How to Reach

  • The Rajiv Gandhi International Terminal airport is the nearest airport to Charminar in Hyderabd. After landing at the airport you can hire a cab or bus services to reach the monument.
  • There are 3 railway stations nearby to the Golkonda Fort, namely, Kachiguda railway station, Hyderabad railway station and Secunderabad railway station. You can reach the Charminar easily from either of these three rail heads by hiring a cab or even loval bus services as it is a very common area in Hyderabad.
  • The road connections to Hyderabad and the Charminar are extremely well managed. Thus you can find numerous transports to take you to Hyderabad by road. The Volvo buses are best for the journey from any of the cities around Hyderabad like Aurangabad, Kolkata, and Bangalore and so on. The communication system within the city is also very efficient. So you can reach the Charminar with the help of any local transport from any part of the city.

Surrounding Attractions

Apart from the Golconda Fort, there are a few more nearby attractions that tourists can enjoy.

Salar Jung Museum: This is a place of great historical importance as it has the collection of antiques belonging to the ages of the rules of Qutb Shah and other Mughals.

The Golconda Fort: This fort was built by the Ruler Man Singh Tomar for the protection of his territory and also his beloved wife Mrignayani. It’s a sandstone structure with fantastic carvings.

The Ramoji Film City: Although this place has nothing to do with the history of Hyderabad, yet it has become one on the most demanded sightseeing spots in Hyderabad. There are film-shooting sets built inside which look real even if it is totally artificial. You might also end up watching a few film stars or movie shoots inside if you are lucky enough.

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