What is Charminar? Well, it is one of the most important landmarks of Hyderabad. You can read all about it here. In a nutshell though, it is a monument which was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the eradication of plague, shortly after he had shifted his capital from Golconda to what now is known as Hyderabad. It is currently a bustling area with lots of street stalls, shops selling slippers, bangles, pearls, clothes as well as fruits, vegetables and foodstuff. I felt I was transported way back in time (well, apart from the traffic).

It was a real experience going up the monument through its narrow, dark stairs as well as traversing the streets. It was actually quite disorientating with all the noise, the people welling about, touts, traffic, etc…. but well worth the trip. It is also a “tough” place with fights frequently breaking out. In fact, we saw one as we were walking. Being the practical coward that I am, I decided not to hang around, spectate and take photos. Gut feel tells me that was a good call πŸ˜‰
Take a look at the pictures – the colours, the cacophony, the smells…. all amazing! Shame current technology doesn’t allow for sight, smell and sound to be recorded together. I’m certain it’s a matter of time though.

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Fruit sellers around Charminar. Guaranteed organic and look at the colours!

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An Islamic funeral procession and a street scene.

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The view inside the Charminar monument and the traffic jam. You gotta enlarge the traffic jam picture to appreciate the absolute and complete gridlock! Look at the top half of the picture.

Glad I visited.

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