Summer: 30 °C to 45 °C
Winter: 15 °C to 35 °C
Monsoon: June to September
Best time to visit:
October - March
Opening Time: 09:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 05:30 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: N/A
Entry Fees for Indians
Adults: Rs. 5
Video Camera: Rs. 25
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
Charminar, the iconic monument of Hyderabad is considered to be one of the most elegant pieces of Islamic architecture. It was built by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 16th century to celebrate the elimination of Plague epidemic from the city. This structure is one of the most iconic structures of India because of its sturdy, detailed and dignified aesthetics. It is made up of granite, limestone and pulverised marble.
The solitude and serenity inside the monument adds value to this amazing build-up. It is said that there is an underground tunnel that connects Golconda fort to Charminar, meant as an escape route for Qutb Shahi rulers in case of an emergency, though its location is still unknown. There is a beautiful mosque which is located on the top floor, where people offer their prayers every Friday.
A marvellous view of the hustling Hyderabad can be easily seen from its balcony. It is an awesome experience to see that the four arches of Charminar were made with geometric accuracy. A tour to Hyderabad is incomplete without a visit to this glorious history of the city.
National Highway-7, Mahadevapura, Bangalore (about 572 km.); National Highway-5, Madhavaram, Chennai (about 616 km.); National Highway-8, Goregaon, Mumbai (about 721 km.). Both State government and private bus services are operated from major cities and towns.
Secunderabad Railway Station (about 11 km.); Kachiguda railway Station (about 5 km.); Nampally Railway Station (about 4 km.). Indian Railways connects to Hyderabad from all over India.
Nearest airport to reach Charminar is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (about 20 km.). Regular flights are available to reach here. Also, bus and private cab services are also available to reach Charminar from the airport.