Charminar, Hyderabad
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Charminar

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Saturday: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Sunday: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Charminar is a famous landmark of Hyderabad. It is considered as a fine example of Cazia style of architecture and is made of granite and lime-mortar. Located towards the heart of the city, Charminar was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah.

Charminar has four arches, which in earlier days faced the royal streets. The minarets, which stand on the corners, are about 56 meters high. These minarets have double balcony. There is also a mosque towards the western side of the fort, on the roof.  

There are about 149 steps that lead to the top of Charminar Fort.  Tourists can have a bird's eye view of the bustling city of Hyderabad from here.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Manoj Kumar

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  • Manoj Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 280 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  1062 readers
  • Posted Sep 4, 2016
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 393

Thejasvi. Bhat.

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  • Thejasvi. Bhat.
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 41 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  242 helpful votes
  •  5345 readers
  • Posted Aug 16, 2016
Overall Rating
4/7
  • 259

Anshul taran

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  • Anshul taran
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 24 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  9168 readers
  • Posted Aug 20, 2016
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Aboli patil

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  • Aboli patil
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 readers

"Charminar." new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Charminar is old architectural treasure build by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591CE. It was build at the centre of the city, to commemorate eradication of plaug. It is listed as an archaeological and architectural
Treasure on the official "List of the Monuments" prepared by the Archaeological survey of India.
If you love Pearls and Jewellery definitely Charminar is your destination. Visit in the evening as it looks very glazy, shiny and beautiful. I guess the market is open from 11am to 10pm. You will definitely need 4-5hours to shop. Prices are high in some shop though once you decide to buy they provide good discount too.
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Kumar srikrishna

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  • Kumar srikrishna
  • 3 Reviews
  •  34 readers

"Heritage site but I'll maintained" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A great place to visit but the surrounding area is very dirty. Not to maintain an iconic city tourist attraction with so many vendors and hawkers and overflowing drains. To have a proper parking lot with dedicated areas of hawkers and clean up the area of garbage.
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Gv Nair

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  • Gv Nair
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 24 Reviews
  •  61 helpful votes
  •  4927 readers

"Good experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I am sure you would enjoy the place but beware of pick pocketers. I have visited the monument and enjoyed it at all the times. If you would like to get a top view of the Laad Bazaar ensure that you reach the monument before its closing time of 5:30 pm. The steps inside are steep/dark hence it may not be suitable for senior citizens. The monument is closed on Mondays.

No baggage is allowed inside but you do have a cloak room about 50 m away. The cloak room charges are Rs. 20.

There are many pearl shops around the monument but be careful while buying it since some of them sell fake ones.
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Syed Ibrahim

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  • Syed Ibrahim
  • 2 Reviews
  •  66 readers

"Historic"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a historic place. It was build by Mo hammed will qutub shah. The area it is situated is called as old city. Because it was build in old times. There we get every thing in reasonable price. Its structure is awesome. It was constructed in 1591 CE. It's is. Mosque located in Hyderabad. The landmark has become a global icon. It is included in top 10 historical places. Hyd tour is incomplete without a visit to charminar. An amazing blend of indi-islamic architecture. Charminar is a pride and attraction of the city HUD.
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Ajith G a

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  • Ajith G a
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 52 photos
  • 60 Reviews
  •  32 helpful votes
  •  46453 readers

"Famous Symbol of Hyderabad"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had seen charminar in many of the Tollywood movies.

I did not miss an opportunity to visit this place when i visited Hyderabad.

Reaching the place:

The road leading to Charminar is very narrow and better to avoid taking cars as there is no place to park.

Catch an auto or a taxi and reach the place.

Entry:

There is an entry fees of 15/- per person.

Bags are not allowed and they can be kept in the cloak room located in opposite building.

View from top:

There is narrow pathway to climb to the top of the charminar.

There are around 54 steps to be climbed and once u reach the top, you can see 4 roads around the charminar.

You can also see Mecca Masjid & chowmalla palace.

For getting down there is a separate way.

This place gives a taste of old hyderabad.

Dont miss this place.
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Ratikanta patra

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  • Ratikanta patra
  • 2 Reviews
  •  130 readers

"Historical place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very good place, so many wearing things to purchase for ladies, amazing place to visit the site. Romantic place for couples and you will get good food and Irani tea, which I likes most in that place. Very old stories will get, very good scenery will get for photo outside
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Tulika Saha

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  • Tulika Saha
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 Review
  •  136 readers

"A gate to the fort"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Charminar or the gate with four minarets, is unique in the sense that most forts of the Michal period had just two. I visited it twice and both times found the experience interesting. The sounds of different streets of Hyderabad seem to converge and repose here. A word of caution for those with kids. Besides the unavoidable high, narrow stairs, there is the added risk of exposed electrical wiring at spots. The shopping around is a joy to the little budget. Great experience
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Saif Attar

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  • Saif Attar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews
  •  365 readers

"Charminar visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The Charminar is a landmark in Hyd and so worth a visit also because of its historical importance. It is in a high traffic and bazaar area. There are lots of pearl & jewellery shops around, so its a good place to inquire and learn about pearls. The Laad Bazaar is right there too which is well known for its bangles shops.
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Nikhil Kumar

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  • Nikhil Kumar
  • Lives in Karimnagar
  • 1 Review
  •  189 readers

"Nice place to visit for photo shoot !! And shopping"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The Charminar, constructed in 1591's CE, is a monument in Hyderabad, Telangana,  India. The landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad, listed among the most recognized structures of India. Charminar is situated on the east bank of Musi river.  To the west lies the Laad Bazaar, and to the southwest lies the richly ornamented granite Makkah Masjid.  It is listed as an archaeological and architectural treasure on the official "List of Monuments" prepared by archaeological Survey of India.
The Irani chai is the special tea to be tasted.
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Ashish Gupta

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  • Ashish Gupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 44 photos
  • 14 Reviews
  •  6841 readers

"The old city charm."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Situated in the old city if Hyderabad. Can be visited after exploring the Golconda Fort in the evening time before you head to Hussain Sagar Lake. The place reminds us of the old world charm and the rich heritage it shared. Nearby is Mecca Masjid and also the Ladd Bazar for all your shopping needs. A MAHADEV temple also can be visited nearby
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