HITEC City Hyderabad is best known for its iconic monument Charminar, which was built decades back in 1591 by Quli Qutub Shah. The city has no dearth of attractions for visitors. When you flock around this famous mosque Charminar in Hyderabad, Telangana, the bustling city leaves you absolutely enthralled. Before moving ahead, let’s catch a glimpse of this landmark figure!
This globally recognised monument has derived its name from its four slender towers, which stand 48.7m high from the ground. The architectural splendour of this 400 hundred years old Islamic monument is made of mortar, pulverised marble, granite and mortar, making this structure a must visit site for any traveller. Today, this memorial is also popularly known as “The Arc de Triumph of the East”. Nestled in the heart of the city, Charminar is delimited by several other attractions to offer. If you scale atop the monument, 45 prayer spaces can be observed that are accommodated here for devotees. Besides, one of the popular and oldest South Indian mosques, Mecca Masjid is also situated in a close proximity of the Charminar statue.
The best time to visit Charminar is from 9 AM to 5.30 PM, and the entry fee for Indian and foreign visitors here is INR 5 and INR 100 respectively. So when in Hyderabad, make sure you don’t the miss the following attractions around Charminar:
#Salar Jung Museum
Located at a stone throwing distance from the Charminar, Salar Jung Museum is one among the three National Museums of India. As the name suggests, this is a museum showcasing an array of exotic artefacts including old paintings, relics, manuscripts, textiles and spectacular sculptures. All these enticing artefacts are boasted in 38 galleries, and these valuable objects are collected here from different countries like Egypt, China, North America, Japan and India. Out of many, one of the key attractions at Salar Jung Museum is veiled Rebecca, which is thoroughly enjoyed by plenty of tourists here. One can easily spend a couple of hours at this museum exploring the exotic collections. Before you access to one of the world’s largest museums in Hyderabad, here’s what you must see:
- Collections of Quran from various parts of the sphere
- Quran in different fonts and designs
- Turbans of Tipu Sultan
- Huge collections of religious books
- Egyptian furniture
- Aurangzeb’s daggers
- A clock room exhibiting numbers of clocks and much more
Timings and fees:
Salar Jung Museum can best be visited from 10AM to 5PM (except Fridays). To enter the museum, you need to purchase a ticket worth INR 20. For foreigners, the entry fee is INR 500. However, students and others up to 18 years are exempted from any entry fees.
Located adjacent to Charminar, Laad bazaar is a must visit place for the shopaholic kind. Being one of the oldest markets in this imperial city, Laad bazaar is best known for housing ranks of bangles stalls. Probably this is why this market is popular as ‘Chudi Bazaar’ amongst the local shoppers. Besides hosting numbers of bangles stalls, Laad bazaar is also frequented for ethnic dresses, saris and eye-catching knick-knacks. To give your attire an aromatic touch, don’t forget to bag some natural oils-perfume ‘ittar’ from the flea markets.
If you happen to be here for attending a marriage party, look no further than Laad Bazaar. This place is an absolute delight for purchasing various wedding related items, jhumkas, dupattas, semi-precious stones, gold embellished fabrics, pearls and gems. In addition, the presence of unpowered loom of silk, velvet and cotton equally arrests the attention of shopping aficionados here to a great extent. The bustling Laad Bazaar can best be explored from 9AM-10PM all round the week.
#Jumme Raat Bazar
If you enjoy roving around bustling flea markets and you are a pro at bargaining, Jumme Raat Bazar is for you. This market is laid out with plenty of stalls, and when it comes to purchasing affordable commodities; your bargaining skillet helps you in ending up with a pocket-friendly deal. Every Thursday, the Jumme Raat Bazaar (from 6AM to 12PM) offers you some tempting commodities including eye-catching antiques, cloths, electronic items and much more. Apart from Jumme Raat Bazaar, you may also flock around the Charminar to explore the Sunday Flea Market, which starts taking its pace from 7AM offering you some useful commodities to take home.
Leaving the City of Nawabs without trying its lip-smacking Siddique Kebabs is always agonising. For a hard-core Kebabs lover, Siddique Kebab is a must try near the Charminar. There are several Kebab corners around this iconic monument that can successfully fill up your gastronomic desires in Hyderabad. A platter of luscious meat stuff at reasonable prices will certainly make your visit here more spicy and happening. A blend of fascinating ambience and aromatic Kebabs will make you fall in affair with this location for sure.
Reckoned as one of the frequented cities across India, reaching Hyderabad is always convenient for travellers. People come here all round the calendar to witness the rich culture, heritage and hues of Nizams. If you are making a plan to visit Charminar in Hyderabad and see its nearby places, here’s how you can get there:
By Air: For air travellers, the nearest airport is located in Begumpet area (22Kms away from the city). Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is well-connected to various major domestic and global destinations. From airport the distance to reach Charminar is around 25Kms, which can be travelled by cabs and taxis.
By Train: A big thanks to the three major rail-heads in Hyderabad for connecting the city to various other parts of the country. These three key railway stations here include Hyderabad Railway Station (4.7Kms from Charminar), Secunderabad Railway Station (10Kms from Charminar) and Kachiguda Railway Station (5Kms from Charminar). There are regular trains that ply Hyderabad from various places like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore. Once you reach any of these railway stations, you may hire a taxi or a cab to reach your destination. Some of the major trains that you may refer while travelling to Hyderabad are Konark Express, Kacheguda Express, and Charminar Express.
By Road: Hyderabad has an excellent road network connecting it to various cities like Hampi (nearly 377Kms), Mumbai (nearly 705KMs), Tirupati (nearly 555Kms), Chennai (nearly 627Kms), Bangalore (nearly 570Kms) and Aurangabad (nearly 562Kms). There are numbers of APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) buses that frequently run between Hyderabad and its neighbouring cities. Apart from the state transports, there are various private vehicles as well to reach Hyderabad and commute within the city.
Places to stay:
The commercial and IT Hub, Hyderabad is a worth visiting destination. Hence, the city sees number of footfall all around the year. On enquiring about the list of accommodations, Hyderabad inhabits ample of budget and luxury hotels for its visitors. Based upon your time of visit and amenities you avail, the charges of these hotels may vary. However, by spending something around INR 1000 and INR 5000, one can avail some of the pleasant staying options in Hyderabad.
For your convenience, few comfy hotels around the city are listed as follows:
#The Park, Hyderabad
22, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda
Hyderabad, India 500082
22-8-290/291, Hamad Plaza, Salarjung Museum Road,
Nayapul, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002
#Metro Lodge Charminar
In the Lane opposite to Anmol/Fine Bangles, Lad Bazaar,
Charminar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002
4-1-938/26/A, New Marketing Complex, Tilak Road,
Abids, Hyderabad, Telangana 500001
#Prestige Service Apartment
Harmony Elite Building, Prathika Nagar,
Street No.3, Madhapur-81 near Maxcure Hospital
Hyderabad, India 500081
#The Art Boutique Hotel
Plot Number 4 Jayabheri 4 Seasons,
Gowlidoddi, Hyderabad, India 50032
#Treebo Grand Plaza
No 5-9-88/A/1, Beside Haj House,
Opposite Public Gardens, Nampally
Hyderabad, India 500001
#Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
#8-2-409 Rd No 6 Banjara Hills
Hyderabad, India 500034
#Katriya Hotel and Towers
8, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad, India 500082
So these are some of the amazing things that you should do around Charminar. Make sure you bag some appealing goodies while returning back to home! Comment below if we missed out on any, we love hearing from our readers.