Charminar in Hyderabad, at the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, is a massive
arch built by Mohammed Quli Qutab Shah. The famous monument of not only
Hyderabad, but of South India, Charminar is an impressive square monument
with four minarets. India Tours. The travel icon of the Pearl city towering to a hieght
of 180 ft., Charminar located in the centre of the old city, is a picture of
beauty. Built in 1591 AD by the founders of Hyderabad in memory of the
eradication of plague, the monument with its four minarets, profusely
crafted leaves is an inerasable imprint on the minds of the tourists. India Travel
The arch is illuminated daily in the evening, an unforgettable sight to
view. The city of Hyderabad, with its delightful blend of the past and the
present, exhibits to the visitors an interesting skyline with modern
buildings standing shoulder to shoulder along with the splendid 400 year old
Charminar is always on the top of the attraction list of any tourist
visiting Hyderabad. To say that Charminar is a major landmark in the city is
to repeat a buzzword. The great monument is a synonym for Hyderabad and the
pivot around which the glory and history of the city have developed. This
beautiful massive structure in granite, lime, mortar and, some say,
pulverised marble, was at one time the heart of the city. Apart from being
the core of the citys cultural ambience, it has become a brand name.
Charminar is a square shaped structure with four towers in the four corners
of the square, each of whose sides is 20 m in length. Every side opens into
a plaza through giant arches, which overlook four major passages and dwarf
other features of the building except the minarets. Each arch is 11 m wide
and soars 20 m to the top from the plinth. The minarets soar skywards by 24
m from the roof of Charminar. Each minaret has 4 storeys, each appears like
a delicately carved ring around the minaret. Some Anglophiles call Charminar
the Arc de Triomphe of the East. From the ground to the top, the minarets
cover a length of 48.7 m.
Air : Hyderabd is well linked to the rest of India by air routes.
Rail : Hyderabad has well defined rail tracks which connects its to
rest of India.
Road : There is a good network of roads in the state capital so
travelling by road from the nearby states and cities won't be a problem.