Best time to visit11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open hours9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Things to dohistory tours, worship
BudgetRs 5 for Indians, Rs 100 for foreigners
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFamilies, Friends
Rank11 out of 217 attractions in Hyderabad
Not only a prominent landmark of the city, but also a monument whose name is brightly mentioned in the history of Hyderabad. The name 'Charminar' is made up of two very distinct words- Char and Minar means four towers. Each part of the monument has a plaza like opening overlooked by a tower. The oldest mosque, Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad is also a part of the Char Minar. This was built by the 5th Sultan named Quli Qutb Shahi on the banks of the Musi River. It is right in the heart of the city and was taken for diving the city into four parts for government purposes in the earlier times. Some say that this monument was built as a symbol of love for his queen Bhagyavathi and some say it was built to mark the end of a fatal plague that had affected the city. There is also known to be a decret tunnel beneath the floors of the Charminar, which connects it to the Golconda Fort staright. This was the Escape route for the royals during an emergency.
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Reviews of Charminar • 27
Head straight to Charminar first. What better way to start your day from the heritage site. Settle on a seat in a Cafe and enjoy Hyderabadi breakfast of Piping hot Puris with potato curry, or relish the Lukhmis with Charminar as the backdrop. Gulp down some Irani Chai with Osmania Biskit and feel refreshed. See the Chowmohalla Palace and the Falaknuma Palace in the old city.
When someone says Hyderabad, the first thing that comes to your mind is Charminar. This well known historical place, located literally in the center of Hyderabad, is on everyone's must-visit list. Constructed by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in the year 1591 AD to commemorate the eradication of plague, the structure often aptly called Arc de Triomphe of the East, is a symbol of artistic brilliance and is considered to be one of the marvelous structures in India.
It was 7 PM evening & next destination was "Char Minar ". Another famous monument in Hyderabad. It was looking great in the moon light. Its great place for shopping ethnic wears, pearls including bangle bazar. However there were so much of people, vehicles running here & there.
Gooood Morning... !! I did not have much plans as special today, so what I did was .. I visited the Charminar and took alot of shots of it. I loved the place and having alot of clicks of it. In the noon I headed to the Nehru Zoological Park and it was worth a time spending there too. I got back and started my packing stuff, also I later passed some time in the room with my writing stuff. I dozed off and I got up at 9:00 PM and headed to the dining again. I completed the check-out formalities and went off to sleep.
You say the word shopping and I am all lit up. I suppose all girls hold similar traits.
So, let me take you on a wonderful trip to this beautiful city. Let’s begin our journey with the place located in the heart of the city and also in the heart of many people in India, Charminar. Built back in the 16th century, Charminar stands tall in the center of Old Hyderabad. With beautiful lighting in dark and a lot of shopping around on very busy streets in light will let you spend all your day amidst old buildings here. The Golconda fort is another historic monument in the city. Alike many other forts in the country, the Golconda fort is very well maintained. You can also have a beautiful view of the city from the fort. Salarjung Museum is also worth a visit for all the people interested in history.
Charminar is of course the most famous point of the city. Ensure that you do not go there on a Sunday or a public holiday otherwise it will be extremely crowded. Located in the middle of old city, there is a lot of traffic. Worth visiting once. Laad Bazaar lies adjacent to Charminar.
Charminar - Cost: Rs 200 (Entry ticket Rs 5 and rest food) | Time: 10 am to 5 PM
Saturday, the first place on your mind when you are in Hyderabad is Charminar. So I would say start the weekend with a visit to Charminar. Reach there around 8.30AM. The traffic is relatively less and so is the crowd. According to me its the best time to visit Charminar. Charminar opens at 9AM, so you can drop in at the Nimrah Cafe for a cup of Irani chai with osmania biscuits or walk down to Govind's bandi for some delicious dosas.Head next to the Mecca Masjid. If you climb to the top of Charminar you'll see Mecca Masjid. When at the mosque you can feed the pigeons on its courtyard. Walk around and you can also capture the Charminar from a unique angle.The Charminar and the Mecca Masjid together should take you about 1 hour. After you've seen both, head to the Chowmahalla Palace. The palace is also nearby, in walking distance, so ask the people around for directions. Or you can take an autorickshaw for Rs.20.
The tall skyscrapers and multistory buildings slowly start getting lesser in number and there is an abundance of old buildings. Old restaurants having haleem and Biriyani on their menu boards outside their establishments, burqa-clad women bargaining with the street side shopkeepers selling bangles and Hyderabadi pearls is what you get to see as you reach the monument. The new part of Hyderabad is developed with broad roads but in part of the city, the old world charm is retained through its narrow alleys and roads. The Charminar is a square structure with each side 20 meters long with four arches facing the streets with minarets on top of each. It was built by Qutub Shah in 1859 and there are various theories as to why it was built. Some say it was built by him for his love “Bhagmati”, whom he had first seen at this place and she later changed her religion to Islam and was named “Hyder Begum” and it is from here the city derives its name.Another theory says that the king had prayed for the eradication of plague that had affected the city during that time and was built after that. The monument is fascinating and shows the rich craftsmanship of the Indo-Persian artists of that time.
Day 1: Places near CharminarTransport cost (Own Bike): Rs 100 (Petrol/Gas)
This is the point where I started my trip from. Charminar is definitely the place which has made Hyderabad global. Once you reach the place, guides start asking you if you want to take them, I would prefer doing a pre-research on the place instead. Charminar actually means Four Pillars, constructed in 1591 CE, not only a monument but also a mosque. Only one entrance is open for the public. After waiting in the queue for a short while, you will have to start climbing the stairs to reach a top. The round staircases are dark, suffocated and have steep stairs. But once you reach the top, the view is worth. You can see Mecca Masjid and Laad bazaar from the top.
The pride of Hyderabad. Climb along the spiral staircase of the minarets to the first floor and get view of the grand old city.
Hyderabad is associated by Charminar, a famous landmark but now the structure is dirty, stinky and poorly maintained. It's better to just pass by the congested area of this place and give it a miss from inside.
Hyderabad is known for this. Good piece of structure. More interesting is the pearl and artificial jewelry market surrounding it..;)
A stroll up its dark staircase is worthwhile for the view from the first-floor balcony.
The Charminar, built in 1591 CE, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India, it is the first and foremost attraction of anyone who visits this city. You'll get the feel of the old city here. Be prepared to soak in the culture the city has to offer. Also, all the shopping bugs out there, you'll get very beautiful pearls here at unbelievable prices so be sure not to miss that.
Everybody knows about this place.
Established in the year 1591 AD, by the rulers of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Hyderabad has the iconic Charminar (monument of four minars) as its centrepiece. This monument was established by 1591, when the rulers shifted base from the Golconda Fort, 8 km away due to water shortages, and established the city of Hyderabad. It is believed that the Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the 5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, constructed the Charminar as a mark of gratitude to God after an epidemic of plague, which had overswept the city, abated and life returned to normal for the inhabitants. The Charminar, so iconic of Hyderabad, is situated in the busy Old City of Hyderabad. This building, constructed out of limestone, mortar, granite and pulverized marble, has four grand arches, and at the corners are four distinctive and symbolic minarets which are 184 ft high. From 9 am to 5 pm, visitors can ascend the steps (all of 149 steps to the top) and gaze at the surroundings, at the Old City buildings and the Golconda Fort away in the distance.
We left Chowmahallah and parked our bike in one of the lanes near Charminar. After buying tickets we climbed entwined staircases via one of the minarets to reach first floor of Charminar. Charminar has four minarets and we found that it is not just a monument but also a Masjid and has Persian architecture with nice verses of Quran engraved on the walls and edges. It is located at the center of old city and is considered global icon of Hyderabad. The walls have been ruined by cupid graffiti however you can see entire area including all four gates build around Charminar, Mecca Masjid and Laad Bazaar from the top. Somehow we managed to come downstairs, it as bit scary and dark inside minarets. There are lots of theories behind why and how Charminar was build centuries ago however it was worth climbing those stairs. Charminar is symmetrical and only one entrance is open for public visit. Charminar looks stunning during night and you can enjoy Hyderabadi biryani and irani chai in nearby restaurants.
Travel through busy streets with people shopping throughout the stretch. Just when you thought it was the bazaar just like any other, you sight the magnificent Charminar. Its a monument and a mosque at the same time built during the Mughal rule in India. As suggested by the name, this monument is consists of Four Minarets that join to make a structure.