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Location : Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Started By : Qutb Shahi king Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah
Built In : 1591-92 AD
Houses : A small Mosque on its roof
Surroundings : Pearl dealer shops, Perfume shops

Charminar – Work of Exquisitness

Charminar - one of the most projected monument of India on television, is not only the pride of Hyderabad, but of whole India. Visiting this more than 400 years old structure is a great experience. Built in 1591-92 by the Qutb Shahi king Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah, this magnificent edifice is a structure of made of Char + minars (meaning, four + huge pillars).

The surroundings have numerous shops of pearl and perfume, which are the major attractions of Hyderabad. As you move around this architectural splendour, you can smell the fragrances of Persia, the attars of Afghanistan and the scents of Saudi Arabia. There is also a small mosque on the roof of the minar.

Rising to an height of 180 ft., the minar also has stairs, (which is closed now) which takes one to the top of the minar. Once at the top one can get an panoramic view of the surroundings areas, but some unfortunate incidents led to the closer of the stairs.

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Charminar

Completed in the year 1591, Charminar has become the face of tourism for Andhra Pradesh. Most imposing feature of Charminar are the great arches on all four sides.

Built of Granite and lime mortar, Charminar is an unparalleled example of Indo Islamic architecture. There are in all four floors of which the top floor is used as a Masjid which has 45 covered praying spaces.

What makes Charminar stand out from other Islamic monument is the fact that instead of building minars separately like others, Charminar has its minars joined to the main structure. From top of Charminar, one can get exceptional views of Old Hyderabad city sprawling beneath

Inside Charminar, there are two galleries which has walls engraved with moldings and carvings of a unique style. Don't miss the old clock that is placed on top of all the four arches.

Nights are the best time to get a view of Charminar as it is completely illuminated both inside and outside. Also spend some time shopping for local items from the world famous market on the sides of Charminar.

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