|Opening time||9am to 5:30pm, daily|
|Best Time to Visit||Late October to early November|
|Cost||Indian/foreigner Rs 5/100|
|Address||Charminar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
Hyderabad, the city of Nizams brings into picture several architectures as soon as one thinks of it but definitely none of the latest buildings would beat the heritage which was once built way back in 1591. “Charminar” which is located in the heart of the city was built by Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty of India. A tourist visit to Hyderabad without Charminar on the list would be incomplete. There are many interesting things one should know about Charminar.
The facts behind the construction of Hyderabad are:
- Charminar is acknowledged as “Arc de triomphe of the East“.
- Charminar was built by Quli Qutub Shah in honor of his wife Bhagyamathi (or Bhagmathi) together with the construction of Hyderabad.
- Few state that Charminar was built as Quli Qutub Shah had made a secret promise to Allah.
- Few others remark the construction of Charminar as a commemoration of the end of the plague epidemic caused by Golconda’s water shortage which was once prevalent in Hyderabad.
- It is also said that there is an underground tunnel linking Charminar to Golconda fort which was a former capital of Quli Qutub Shah as an emergency exit of the royal family. However, no such passages are known till date.
- There is a mosque at the topmost floor of Charminar which faces the holy pilgrimage of Muslims, Mecca. The monument stands as a peaceful existence of religious harmony of the Hyderabad where the bhagyalakshmi temple and mecca masjid portary their existence.
- Well, when the sculptures on the Charminar is an eye catchy design which has its own significance. Adding to it, Quli Qutub Shah had been much inspired by the Iranian city of Isfahan, where he decided to model Hyderabad after it.
- An other interesting thing about Charminar is the, once upon a time, Hyderabad was hit by severe rats problem and hence cats sculpture was carved to keep away rats.
Charminar Architecture :
The Physical Construction of Charminar is a Perfect Architecture which portrays the excellent skills among the people. Moreover, the Charminar is a perfect square with four pillars and hence the name. The size of each side measures 20 metres and the minarets stand 48.7 mtr above the ground.Each minaret is 4 storey and the floors are divided by a gracefully carved ring around it.Each side of the Minar has a giant arch, which is 11 m wide and 20 m high, measuring from the summit to the plinth. Each arch also has a clock, which was installed in 1889.
Well, it’s been so long that the structure has been built. In spite of the skills they had, it should be renovated at some point in its life and in the process of restoration, the Original mixture being used – A paste made up of lime, jaggery, harra juice, fenugreek leaves and seeds will be applied to the monument
Charminar is located at the crossroads of a busy road, which is one amongst the busiest roads of Hyderabad and is a historic tourist place to be seen.