December 20, 2010

Incredible !ndia

 Two weeks back I’ve been to Charminar (mean Char- four, minar- spire) with my friend to buy her wedding accessories. While returning from our shopping I suddenly observed people standing on the first floor of the monument. I was amazed as I wanted to mount this Islamic structure since long. 

Charminar was built by Sultan Quli Qutub Shah in 1591. It is said that there was a secret tunnel from Golconda to Charminar which was intended as an escape route of Qutub shah (presently the tunnel doesn’t exist). If you stand facing this arch (the bottom pic) on top of the monument on left hand side your will find the fruit market and on the right hand side Laad Bazaar (bangle market). This street is famous not only for bangles but also for all the bridal accessories. 


This place is one of the busy centers in Hyderabad, especially in the month of Ramadan. You can hardly get place to even stand in Ramadan Friday's. I did my wedding accessories in this place, I have a very fond memories related to this place.

This is the view of the mosque which is located in the ground floor of the great Islamic structure. Charminar is considered to be the Hyderabad tourist attraction. .  First thing comes to anyone’s mind when they hear the name of city ‘Hyderabad’ is this four towered monument.

This monument overlooks famous mosque Makkha masjid. This is a beautiful mosque built by sultana Qutub shah 6th emperor in the qutubshahi dynasty. The view of this masjid is awesome on Fridays as you can find hundreds of people offering prayers to God. Opposite to masjid there is Osmania hospital.

Osmania Hospital

Archeological survey of India has closed this monument for public at 1985 as a family committed suicide by jumping from the monument. They jumped from one of the spires of this monument. Authorities reopened it after nearly 2 decades in 2003, but it is open till first floor only. All the entrance to the spires is closed even though there is a very high security. 

Here is the collage of few more shots which I felt are worth sharing. In this collage one of the snaps is taken from the top, If I wasn't acrophobic that would have been a better snap. It is my friend who was posing for a snap (taken by the guide ...not me ). You can also find people pouring in, they were school kids from neighbor state. 

One thing me and my friend remembered while we were on top is the famous dialogue of Ismail bhai from the movie Angrez. 
"Are tum logaan serious kaiko lete yaroon
               Ismail bhai ke patthe hain
               Pacchis saal se charminar mein baitha hoon
               Meri  koi izzat hai yarron
               Tumla kya to bhi samjhe  re mere ku".

I was very excited and the experience was splendid. Being on top of the mosque which is considered to be one of the wonders in India was amazing feeling. I wanted to share these few snaps with you guyz. Hyderabadi’s who haven’t visited it please go and have fun, it will cost you just 5 rupees. Those who are from different place whenever you come to Hyderabad make sure you visit this monument with out fail.



Jyothi said...

Lovely Pics. I plan to visit it soon. :)

Vrinda said...

@ Jyothi

Thank you so much. You will have fun for sure.

Rajlakshmi said...

beautiful captures... indeed incredible india

Shiju Sugunan said...

Awesome pictures. Angrez was hilarious with the unforgettable characters like Ismail bhai, Jahangir and Salim faku. Have a fun filled new year.

Tricia said...

Great Sky! =)

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Great compositions, that is quite a place!

Have a great weekend & happy SWF!

EG Wow said...

It's a beautiful building. How sad it had to be closed but I'm glad it is now open, if only in a limited way.

Kim, USA said...

Oh wow it's an amazing structure. Thanks for sharing!
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