Monday, October 3, 2011

Charminar, Hyderabad : Tourism, Interesting Facts, Location, Timings, Introduction, History, Nearby Attractions

Charminar, Hyderabad :  Tourism, Interesting  Facts, Location, Timings, Introduction, History, Nearby Attractions

Interesting Facts
Location: Opposite Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad Old City
Built In: 1591
Significance:Most popular monument of Andhra Pradesh

Location & Timings
Charminar location is in the middle of the city. It is located 7 km from the railway station and 5 km from the bus station. Charminar timings start early in the morning at 9.00 am and people can visit them till 5.00 pm. in the evening. Charminar timings are the same even on Saturdays. People enjoy sightseeing at Charminar in India during the month of March and June.

Introduction & History
The Charminar in Hyderabad was constructed in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutab Shah. He built the Charminar to mark the end of plague in the Hyderabad city. Since the construction of the Charminar, the Hyderabad city has almost become synonymous with the monument. The Charminar is a massive and impressive structure with four minarets. In the evening, with illumination, the great Charminar looks even greater. With the passage of time the Charminar occupied so much importance that it became the heart of all bustling activities. It is in the bustling bazaars around the Charminar that you find the traditional nahari stalls and kulchas of Hyderabad. Hyderabad is one of those few cities, which have a fine blend of modernity and tradition.

The Charminar has four imposing arches, which face the four main directions. A row of small vaulted niches ornament each of the four arches. The Char Minar is a two-storied building with the first floor being covered. The balconies on this floor provide a great view of the surrounding areas. A small mosque adorns the top floor of the Charminar. This mosque is situated on the western side of the Charminar facing Mecca, the holy city of the Muslims. This mosque is said to be the oldest surviving mosque in Hyderabad city. Charminar, the hub of Hyderabad city, has four wide roads going in each direction. The Charminar is square in shape, each side measuring 100 feet, with a central pointed high arch at the center.

Nearby Attractions
Laad Bazaar (Market) 

The commercial bazaar is situated close to Charminar. The market is major attraction for the tourists as well as buyers. The colourful shops sell items like glass bangles, pearls, jewellerys, traditional Muslim gear and Mughla delicacies.

Mecca Mosque 
The mosque considered as one of the biggest mosque in world, is very close to Charminar. The grand mosque can accommodate 10,000 worshipers at a time. The 6th Sultan Abdullah Qutab Shah begun its construction in 1617 and its construction was finished by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1693. Built of enormous black granite slabs, the entrance of the mosque is nicely decorated with a mixture of clay and red colour.

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