Charminar, Hyderabad
Monument

Charminar

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About 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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Ashish Shukla

  • Explorer
  • Ashish Shukla
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 246 photos
  • 56 Reviews
  •  47 helpful votes
  •  24913 readers

"Centre of Tradition in Hyderabad" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Today
Charminar is called so, because it bears 4 minars I. E ., 4 tombs on its 4 sides representing eacb direction. Hyderabad is a traditional city and Charminar is an emblem which proves that this place was once ruled by the Mughals. The food, the language, the style of Hyderabadi show the nawabi sides of the local people here. There are crowded markets, food stalls and other shops nearby the Charminar where you can have a glimpse of the entire city just in 1-2 hrs ..
Nothing special in this place and it's just like India gate in Delhi ...
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Sankar lahiri

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  • Sankar lahiri
  • 8 Reviews
  •  128 readers

"Charminar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Historical monument. Having tremendous historical value & very much symbolic with Hyderabad. Places is in prime location. Lots of shop nearby selling handicrafts & other hyderabadi spl things. So many mosque & historical arcitect is near by even Salar Jung museum is also near by.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 253 photos
  • 144 Reviews
  •  82 helpful votes
  •  68735 readers

"The Gateway of Hyderabad"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The first thing comes in your mind when you hear Hyderabad is of course Charminar. The minar is located in the central city and you will be amazed to be there. The local flee market and typical Hyderabadi food give charm to this place. The minar is open to visit you can go to the first floor by paying Rs 20 and have aerial view of the city though you wont be able to view entire city but the view is really spectacular. While my visit there was some repairing work going there but still it was open. The flee market will remind you Chandni chowk of Delhi and you will be able to find some rare things there.
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Aboli patil

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  • Aboli patil
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  139 readers

"Charminar."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  •  172 readers

"Heritage site but I'll maintained"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  •  5971 readers

"Good experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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
  •  196 readers

"Historic"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 15, 2016
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
  • 60 photos
  • 62 Reviews
  •  41 helpful votes
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"Famous Symbol of Hyderabad"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2016
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
  •  221 readers

"Historical place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 11, 2016
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
  •  226 readers

"A gate to the fort"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2016
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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