Charminar is a very famous name in India and all around the world, it is an Islamic monument and mosque which is located in one of the famous city of India called Hyderabad, Telangana. It is a very famous tourist place in Hyderabad City and in short, it is also called Charminar Hyderabad by most of the visitors as it has left indelible imprints on every visitor’s mind because of its history and age.
There are so many theories and myth has been given about the Charminar and its construction. The main and most accepted concept is that a plague epidemic had hit the Hyderabad city very badly, and King Muhammad Quli Qutb prayed at a specific spot to end such an epidemic. And when this pandemic got ended, Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb built Charminar at that same place where he offered his prayers.
History of Charminar
The famous Charminar mosque and its beautiful construction were done by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in the year 1591, which is more than 400 years ago. The Sultan Muhammad was the fifth king of his Shahi dynasty. He decided to move his capital to Hyderabad city from Golconda due to the shortage of water in Golconda. The Charminar is situated near the Musi river, which is also known as Musinuru or Muchukunda River. On the west side of it, there is the Laad Bazaar which is also known as Choodi Bazaar, and it is a very old market popular for bangles, and to the southwest, you get Makkah Masjid.
Charminar Architecture & Construction
The Charminar has been built in Indo-Islamic architectural style, made with limestone, pulverized granite, marble, and mortar structure. The shape of this mosque is a square shape that is standing on its four beautiful and strong pillars. Mir Momin Astarawadi was the main architecture of the Charminar, who designed and constructed it. The architectural design of Charminar is inspired by the Shia “Tazias”, because it was a very beautiful and very eye-catching design and Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah wanted to make it in the same design and architectural method. The Tazia built-in the memory of Hussain’s death, who was the grandson of Prophet Muhammed’s who died in the Karbala battle.
The Charminar in Hyderabad is a double storied building and the first floor of this monument is covered. The name of Charminar is taken from its structure of four minarets of the building. These pillars are 48.7 meters highs from the ground and the arches have a height of 20 meters from the base and a width of 11 meters.
From the day of construction, there are several changes were made to the structure in the name of maintenance, and the most significant change had been done in the year 1889 because this year a giant clock has been placed just center of the mosque.
Other Famous Place and Bazaars nearby the Charminar
Makkah/Mecca Masjid:- Mecca Masjid Hyderabad is another beautiful destination for visitors after the Charminar, as it is founded by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. The central arch of this grand mosque has bricks made from the soil of Mecca, the holiest shrine in Islam, and it is one of the biggest and the oldest mosques in the South region of India.
Laad Bazaar:- Laad Bazaar is the nearest bazaar to Charminar, and it is also known as Choodi Bazaar. This Laad bazaar is a very old market that is popular for bangles and many more various traditional items for many decades. Every visitor who comes to see Charminar, surely visit Laad Bazaar as well, because it is considered that this market has been there since the Qutub Shahis.
Chowmahalla Palace :- Chowmahalla Palace is another beautiful tourist destination in Hyderabad and it was the residential palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad, was built by Nizam Salabat Jung. It is open for all 07 days in a week with timing between 10 AM to 05 PM and the visitor has to pay an entry fee as well. Indian visitor needs to pay Rs 50/- per person, and Rs 10/- for child below 12 years. Foreigners need to pay Rs 200/- per person.
Gulzar Houz:- Gulzar Houz is a historical fountain located near the famous Charminar in Hyderabad. This fountain is very beautiful and it is in the middle of the road.
Address:- Charminar Rd, Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana PIN 500002.
You can visit the place between 09:30 am and 05:30 pm.
It is open on all days of the week, hence you can visit any day of the week to see the real beauty of this place.
For Indian Travellers : Rs 05/-
For Foreigner Travellers : Rs 100/-
How to reach: – It is a very famous name in Hyderabad hence reaching here is very easy. You can have below listed available option to reach here.
- Nearest Bus Station – MGBS Bus Station
- Nearest Railway Station to – Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station
- Nearest Airport to Charminar – Rajiv Gandhi International Airport