The Charminar is a monument in Hyderabad Constructed in 1591 and officially incorporated in the emblem of Telangana. There are four minarets and open roofs on this tall cum mosque. It's been there for more than 400 years and is the best example of the history and design of the city. It is right in the middle of Hyderabad, near a busy market. It is one of the most visited places in the city by people. When you leave your hotel in Hyderabad to do some sightseeing, you should stop by the Charminar, an old building.
Do you want to learn more about this old building in Hyderabad? Find out about Charminar's past, how much it costs to get in, when it opens and closes, and other exciting facts by reading on.
Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth Sultan of the Qutb Shahi family, built the Charminar more than 400 years ago. 1591, after moving his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad, a new city, he ordered to make this large mosque.
There are a few ideas about why Qutub Shah built this tall mosque in the middle of his new capital city. Some authors say that the Sultan had to move his city because of an outbreak of cholera that killed thousands of his people at the time. He prayed to Allah and promised to build a mosque if his people's suffering ended. The Charminar was made to keep this promise once the cholera was gone from the city.
Another school of thought says that Quli Qutub Shah built the mosque and started the city of Hyderabad to mark the beginning of the second Islamic era year, which was a big deal in the Islamic world then. Since the building had four tall minarets on each of its four sides, it became known as Charminar, which in Urdu means "Four Towers.
The building is as old as the city of Hyderabad and has stood the test of time. However, it has also been damaged and fixed up over the years. When Asaf Jahi and Qutb Shahi were rulers, lightning struck the southwest tower and broke it. It was later fixed. In 1824, the statue got a new coat of plaster that cost about one lakh rupees. Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, added four clocks from London to the four towers in 1889.
Currently, the Archaeological Survey of India is in charge of protecting and maintaining the site.
There is no metro connection to Charminar, but the Green Line metro will soon have a path connecting Charminar to other parts of the city.
The bus stop closest to Charminar is the Charminar bus stop near the Makkah Masjid on Charminar Road in Panch Mohalla. It's about 800 meters away, and you can walk there in about 10–12 minutes. Many Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses run a good district service from Hyderabad to other, even smaller, parts of the city.
The Hyderabad Deccan Railway stop (HYB), also called Nampally Railway Station, is about 4 miles from Charminar and is the closest train stop. Hyderabad MMTS (Multi-Modal Transport System) trains from Hyderabad Deccan or Nampally to Lingampally/Falaknuma. This is a great way to get to other parts of the city.
The Rajiv Gandhi Foreign Airport in Shamshabad is the closest airport to Charminar. It serves both local and foreign flights to and from the city. Major regional and foreign airlines like Air Asia, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India, Sri Lankan Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, and Etihad fly to and from this airport. About 20 miles away from Charminar is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. It will take you about 45 minutes to get there.
Once you've seen how beautiful the Charminar is, you can go to any of these places to eat, shop, or keep looking at the other historical places in Hyderabad. It would help to try the popular Hyderabadi biryani, which will make you want more.
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