Charminar, Hyderabad

Charminar, the Mosque of four towers, is the symbol of Hyderabad. It was built in 1591 by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the 5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. He built this monument as thanksgiving to Allah for the elimination of a plague epidemic from this city. It is built of granite and limestone; unfortunately today it is not looked after so well. I wish Andhra Pradesh tourism dept. would make some efforts to protect it from further damage.

The tall minarets seemed to be whispering secrets to the beautiful blue sky above and that was truly the best part of Charminar. Today what we get to see is the re-plastered monument, done in 1824. With the passage of time the city grew, Charminar now belongs to old Hyderabad, the new Hyderabad boasts of computer industries.

The whole of Charminar area is crowded; you will find animals, people and vehicles competing with each other to surge ahead. Then there are the vendors whom you have to very tactfully avoid, the best way is to be busy focusing and taking pictures.

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