Today Charminar is known as a Global Icon and comes `in the list of India’s most recognizable structures. Charminar was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to the founding of Hyderabad during the water shortage in Golconda.
The Charminar was initially designed to serve the purpose of a Mosque and a Madarasa. Not many people would be aware of the fact that Charminar was keeping in mind that would be right in the center of the city of Hyderabad. It’s a magnificent standing four - column with four arches in all four cardinal directions. It is 56m high and 30m wide. The Charminar is currently being maintained by the Archaeological survey of India. The top most column is not open for public, however the 2nd floor is Hyderabad’s oldest mosque. Special illumination during the evening hours makes it very attractive. The lanes around the Charminar are also the center for pearl trade in India. Laad Bazaar towards the west of Charminar is known for perfumes, fabrics, and musical instruments, kitchen implements and even second hand sarees. There are almost close to 14000 shops in the market surrounding the Charminar. The entry timings for Charminar are from 9:00am to 5:30pm. Indians have to pay an entry fee of Rs 5 and foreigners have to pay an amount of Rs 100.