The Charminar in Hyderabad, at the capital
city of Andhra Pradesh, is a massive arch
built by Mohammed Quli Qutab Shah, in 1591
to commemorate the end of the plague in
the city. The symbol of the city, the Charminar,
is an impressive square monument with four
minarets. The arch is illuminated daily
in the evening, an unforgettable sight indeed.
The city of Hyderabad, with its delightful
blend of the
ancient and the modern, presents to the
onlooker an interesting skyline with modern
buildings standing shoulder to shoulder
with fascinating 400 year old edifices.
It boasts of some fine examples of Qutab
Shahi architecture - the Jami Masjid, the
Mecca Masjid, Toli Masjid, and of course,
the impressive symbol of Hyderabad, the
A magnificent edifice, it epitomises Hyderabad
and marks its 400 years of history. Built
by ruler Quli Qutb Shah it stands 180ft.
tall, the four minarets soar to height of
48.7Mts. each above the ground. Within are
45 prayers spaces and a mosque. It is being
pedestrianised for better access as well
as safety of the monument. Must See!
A proud sentinel in the heart of the Old
City, this magnificent monument built by
Quli Qutub Shah, is the unique symbol of
Hyderabad. It was built in 1591 by Quli
Qutb Shah. to commemorate the end of the
plague that had ravaged Hyderabad, The four
graceful minarets from which 'Charminar'
derives its name, literally meaning 'Four
Minars' soar to a height of 48.7 Mts. each,
above the ground.
Charminar, a splendid piece of architecture
standing in the heart of the hyderabad city
built by Quli Qutub Shah, in 1591. This
magnificent monument is the unique symbol
of Hyderabad. Charminar is often called
as "The Arc de triomphe of the East".
It is considered as the legendary masterpiece
of Qutub Shahi's.
Charminar derives its name from four intricately
carved minarets, The four graceful minarets
literally meaning 'Four Minars', soar to
a height of 48.7m each, above the ground.
It is located amidst the colourful shops
of Lad Bazaar with its glittering traditional
bangles in the old city. Enormous in its
size, this imposing monument of India exudes
a charm that is more than 400 years old.
The history of Hyderabad begins with the
establishment of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
Owing to the inadequacy of water and frequent
epidemics of plague and cholera Quli Qutub
Shah established the new city with the Charminar
at its centre with four great roads fanning
out in four cardinal directions.
The plan is a square, each side 20m long,
while the four arches are 11m wide and rise
20m from the plinth. The four-storeyed minarets
rise 20m from the roof of the massive monument
and measure 24m from the plinth. The western
section of the roof contains a mosque, ranking
among the finest the gifted Qutub Shahi
artisans ever built.
There are 45 prayer spaces with a large
open space in front to accommodate more
for Friday prayers. To the east of this
space is a lovely verandah with a large
open arch in the centre, flanked by smaller
ones on both sides.
The Charminar was built with gHeritagete
and lime-mortar. It is a blend of 'Cazia'
and Islamic style of architecture. The intertwined
arches and domes are examples of typical
Islamic style of the architecture. The graceful
floral motif atop the Charminar is enchanting.
The Charminar depicts the Indo-Saracenic
tradition - a symbiosis of the Hindu and
the Muslim traditions, which has woven the
magic of a rich Deccan culture. The Charminar
looks spectacular particularly in the nights
when it is illuminated.
It offers an excellent panoramic view of
the city and Golconda Fort, which makes
the mind go back into time and recapitulates
the past glory of Hyderabad during the Qutub
Shahi times. Charminar has become an inseparable
part of the history of Hyderabad.
Hyderabad has typically a hot climate with
the temperature exceeding 40 C in the summers.
Winters are, however, mild and more tolerable.
The maximum temperature in summers is somewhat
between 40 C and 43 C. In the month of winters
it is between 20 C to 24 C. The mercury
may lower down to its minimum of 13 C in
the month of December. South west monsoons
sets in from June to September. There is
plenty of rainfall during this period and
accompanied by high humidity. The same is
quite low during winter months.
- Air: Hyderabad airport
is connected with Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune,
Nagpur, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bhubaneswar,Nagpur,
Ahemdabad, Tirupati and Vishakhapatnam
- Rail: Hyderabad and
Secunderabad railway station are major
stations. The trains from major cities
like Bangalore,Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Kolkata,
Delhi and Chennai are available.
- Road: The National
Highways 7 and 9 crosses thecity. The
buses from nearby cities run regularly
to Hyderabad. By bus or auto-rickshaw
one can easily reach to Charminar.