Charminar – A Piece of History That Will Take You Back In Time

The Charminar is a magnificent monument built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah and located in Hyderabad. The monument is adorned with intricate carvings and is a beautiful sight to behold. The Charminar is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hyderabad and is a must-visit for anyone visiting the city
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Charminar, a monument synonymous with the city of Hyderabad, literally means – “4 Minars” or “4 Towers.”

Why should you visit Charminar?

  • If you find yourself in Hyderabad, India, be sure to visit the Charminar. 
  • The imposing structure, built in 1591, is a magnificent example of Islamic architecture and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. 
  • The monument is located in the heart of the Old City and offers stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Not only is it an incredible sight to behold, but it’s also surrounded by a bustling market where you can find everything from bangles to perfumes to souvenirs. Trust us, a visit to Charminar is an experience you won’t soon forget!

History of Charminar:

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Charminar was built to commemorate the eradication of plague, a disease that had ravaged the city by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth king of the Quṭb Shāhī dynasty in 1591.

This monument was built at the intersection of two major highways, the highway connecting Golconda and Masulipatnam, the present Machlipatnam.

Some people call Charminar the “Arc de Triomphe of the east.”

Charminar marked the center of the new city being built at that time, with its lofty minarets rising 180 feet above the ground. This elegant Islamic mosque was constructed in granite and lime mortar and embellished with fine stucco decorations in the typical Qutb Shahi style. It’s a square edifice, with each side measuring 60 feet. 

The whole upper structure of the building stands on 4 grand arches facing the four points of the compass, and the apex of each ornamental arch is 30 feet from the ground. Each of the four grand arches faces directly onto the street in front of it. 

It is believed that originally, the movement through the arches was unobstructed. The platform underneath the minarets was supposedly added later.

There are spiral staircases with 149 winding steps in each of the four minarets, leading to the upper stories of the monument. The 1st floor of this architectural marvel had a madrasa, and a mosque is located on the 2nd floor.

Charminar was a place used to make proclamations and to announce the accession of kings to the throne. The last proclamation was made in 1911 when Nizam Mir Usman Ali Khan ascended the throne.


In 1756, Monsieur Bussy, the French general, and his troops occupied the building for a few days. A century later, in 1884, the guards of the Afghan city police were stationed in it.

However, in 1886, the Charminar was declared a protected monument.

Must do: 

The Charminar looks stunningly beautiful at night

1. Visit the Charminar at night. It looks amazing when it’s lit up. 

2. Try out the Irani chai and Osmania biscuits at Nimrah Hotel near Charminar. But remember, the Irani Chai is an acquired taste. You will either love it or hate it.

3. Visit the Laad Bazaar and the Mecca Masjid next door. 

Laad Bazaar is the market for bangles, and Mecca Masjid is another historical landmark in Hyderabad city.


1. Wear comfortable shoes.

2. Avoid the place on Fridays. It can get quite crowded because of Friday prayers.

Entry Fees to climb the monument:

1. Rs 5 per person for Indians

2. Rs 100 per person for foreigners

Alternatively, you can walk around the monument and the marketplace nearby.


9.30 am to 5.30 am on all days

What to do next?

Check out my article on 41 amazing places to visit in Hyderabad

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