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We Bet You Didn't Know These 5 Facts About Charminar

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The city of Hyderabad is famous for its lip-smacking biryanis and also for still standing remnants of the bygone era. Here are some interesting facts about Charminar.

We Bet You Didn't Know These 5 Facts About Charminar:

  1. Charminar, Hyderabad (Telangana)

1. The Charminar Was Built To Mark The End Of The Plague In The City

The Charminar Was Built To Mark The End Of The Plague In The Citysource: wikimedia.org

Charminar has a lot of religious significance, it is widely accepted that Charminar was built at the center of the city, to commemorate the eradication of plague,a deadly disease which was widespread at that time. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah had prayed for the end of a plague that was ravaging his city and vowed to build a mosque at the very place where he prayed.

HolidayIQ Traveller Ravinder Deekonda from Delhi shares, “Charminar is a very great monumental structure is in Hyderabad situated in old city. One can reach Hyderabad by Flight from any metropolitan city and all major cities also. Also it has good connectivity of trains to most of the cities in the country(India). One can travel by bus / by road also from near by distances up to 300km. Charminar is one of the very big constructions in India. Near by Charminar bangles market and Pearls markets are very famous for shopping. Many people from around the globe will purchase something or other in the pearl/bangle market near Charminar due to their specialty.”

2. The Mosque Actually Occupies The Top Most Floor Of The Monument

The Mosque Actually Occupies The Top Most Floor Of The Monumentsource: wikimedia.org

A mosque is located at the western end of the open roof. The remaining part of the roof served as a court during the reign of Qutb Shahi. The actual mosque occupies the top floor of the four-storey structure.

HolidayIQ Rraveller Charan Dgl from Hyderabad shares, “It was a historical monument that was built four hundred years ago, has its own place in Hyderabad. Charminar a well know place for every person in Hyderabad. It is in the middle of the road and has a very beautiful architecture with four minars and hence received the name Charminar. It would be very great experience visiting, a very old monument and we can have lot of fun by taking pictures near the Charminar.”

3. A Secret Tunnel Exists Underground That Connects The Palace At Golconda To Charminar

A Secret Tunnel Exists Underground That Connects The Palace At Golconda To Charminarsource: flickr - soham_pablo

There is also a legend of an underground tunnel connecting the Golconda fort to Charminar, possibly intended as an escape route for the Qutb Shahi rulers in case of a siege, though the location of the tunnel is unknown.

HolidayIQ Traveller Kalyanreddy Ponnala from Hyderabad shares, “A must place to visit, heritage structure of Telangana. Do not miss to climb on top of it to see the view of the heritage city. Its beautifully illuminated in the night. Also you can see the Mecca Masjid and the palace around. This place is special for bangles, perfumes, pearls, food and not to mention the Irani chai(tea) and world famous Hyderabadi biryani.”

4. Each Arch Also Has A Clock, Which Was Installed In 1889

Each Arch Also Has A Clock, Which Was Installed In 1889source: pixabay.com

The clock on the four cardinal directions was added in 1889. There is a vazu (water cistern) in the middle, with a small fountain for ablution before offering prayer in the Charminar Mosque.

HolidayIQ Traveller Vinod Kumar from Hyderabad shares, “Charminar just lit like a newly wed bride in the season of Ramadan. The streets are full of light such that sometimes we have to close our eyes to get the full sight. Street food available near bangle street is the best ever in Hyderabad. If you are a non-vegetarian and want to try something special, you are at right place. World famous pista house, mouthwatering haleem is waiting for you. You can also enjoy some special Hyderabadi dishes as dessert like qubani ka meetha, double ka meetha, lauki ki kheer, etc but the Mutton Haleem available at Pista House stalls is awesome and the way the haleem is sold is unique in its own way. So you can enjoy the world famous haleem and biryani in the shadow of Charminar at evening time.”

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5. Each Minaret Encloses 149 Flights Of Steps, Which Take Visitors To The Top Floor

Each Minaret Encloses 149 Flights Of Steps, Which Take Visitors To The Top Floorsource: wikimedia.org/

Each minaret is crowned by a bulbous dome with dainty petal-like designs at the base. Unlike the Taj Mahal, Charminar's four fluted minarets are built into the main structure. There are 149 winding steps to reach the upper floor. The structure is also known for its profusion of stucco decorations and the arrangement of its balustrades and balconies.

HolidayIQ Traveller Dhananjay Prasad from Hyderabad shares, “A four hundred plus years of wonder. A monument built to commemorate the spread of plague. Situated in the walled old city of Hyderabad. Also visit Mecca Mosque which is in the close proximity. Make a wish while sitting on the stone table. Go around the Mosque to check the huge sandstone architecture that leaves you amazed.”

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