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The Charminar is one of the great monuments of historical importance and bears symbolic identification of the city of Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana, India.  It was built by the Fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 CE. Charminar landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad. The Charminar is located on the east bank of Musi River, west side the Laad Bazaar, and to the southwest Makkah Masjid which has ornamented granite. It has been listed as an archaeological and architectural treasure on the official "List of Monuments" which is prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is one top 10 historical places of India. It contains four arches and each arch opens four roads (streets). The total height is 160 feet. Visitors can reach the upper floor of each tower. It has 149 winding steps.

Charminar Name:

Char-minar name is the combination of two Urdu language words “Char” and ‘Minar”. In Urdu Char means Four and Minar means Tower. The full name represents its “Four Towers”. The view from the towers is very nice and you need to consider 2-3 hours to have different panoramic scenes of the city from the four towers.

Visiting Hours:

Open all days of the Week from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

How To Reach:

Charminar is well-connected by road to all parts of the city. Multiple TSRTC buses connect the monument with key railway and bus stations. Autorickshaws are readily available from all parts of the city.

Charminar Street Food:

Tourists have numerous options for food.  Delicious foods are Biryani, fast food items, fresh fruit juices, dry fruits, Ice candies, Irani Chai (tea), Samosa, biscuits and more. The places are listed in the order in which they would appear if you start walking from Shah Ghouse, Shalibanda towards Madina.

Shah Ghouse:

If you arrive in the morning, you can relish a plate of Khichdi with Keema and Khatta, or a couple of pieces of Char-Koni Naan with Paaya and Gurda-Kaleji. Their Biryani is consistently ranked as one of the best in the city, as is their Haleem.

When to go: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

What to order: Khichdi with Keema Khatta and Naan with Nihari and Goat Entrails for Breakfast; Biryani for lunch and dinner;  Haleem (only during the Muslim festival,Ramzaan)

Pista House:

It is recommended to visit Pista House only during the month of Ramzan. Pista House is the most well-known manufacturer of Haleem, Pista House haleem is usually not the best, but it’s stil definitely worth a try.

Akbar Fast Food Corner:

Chicken 65 is a famous item in the menu of Akbar Fast Food Corner. It  looks scarily red, has a hint of crispiness.

When to go: Evening (4:00 PM to 11:00 PM)

What to order: Chicken 65 and Warqi Paratha

Hotel Rumaan:

Hotel Rumaan serves traditional Hyderabadi breakfast in the morning, Irani Chai in the afternoon & evenings and offers  Biryani through the night. Visit this place to try out Beef Biryani and Tala Hua Gosht (Beef) prepared in the Hotel. During the month of Ramzan, they also serve beef haleem.

When to go: Evening or Night (7:00 PM to midnight)

What to Order: Irani Chai, Beef Biryani, and Tala Hua Gosht (Note: Mutton dishes on the menu are actually beef)

Govind Dosa:

Even if you are not a big fan of dosa, Govind dosa is something that you must try. Hyderabad’s bandi-style butter dosa preparation doesn’t have any filling. The thin layer of batter is crispily fried in oodles of butter. As the batter gets fried, rava (semolina) is poured on it.

When to go: Morning (before 10:30 AM)

What to order: Govind Dosa, Tawa Idly, and Butter Idly


Hameedi traces its roots to a small sweet shop started by a Turkish boy – Mohammed Hussain. Among his specialties was a dish called Jauzi Halwa which had nutmeg as one of its major ingredients. The story goes that the last Nizam loved this sweet so much that he wanted the shop to be named after one of his sons.

When to go: Anytime between 9:30 AM and 10:30 PM

What to order: Jauzi Halwa, Badam Halwa, and Laddoo ( all the three are sweet items)

Royal Fish:

Bang opposite Shahran is a small road-side stalls that dishes out delicious fried fish and a unique Fish Tikki preparation that are worth a trial.

When to go: Evening (5:00 PM to midnight)

What to order: Fish Fry and Fish Cakes (Fish Tikki)


Hotel Shahran:

Many people only go to Shahran for one thing – it’s delicious mutton sheekh kebab that’s served with brilliant peanut chutney.

When to go: Evening (4:00 PM to 11:00 PM)

What to order: Sheekh Kebab


Finish off your Old City food walk by heading to Bilal Ice Creams. The shop  is over fifty years old.

When to go: Anytime between11:00 AM and 11:00 PM

What to order: Seasonal fruit ice creams

Shopping At Charminar:

If you want to indulge in the real experience of shopping in Hyderabad, take a trip down to Old City, to Charminar. Shoppers come across scores of shops standing thickly cheek by jowl lining the streets and several selling items are displayed in the open for the convenience of visitors. It’s especially festive during the month of Ramzan, amidst the enhanced hustle and bustle which is the main feature of this area; the night market has a character of its own.


They are colorful, cute and blingy. Yes, the bangles here can put the bling-loving hip hop artistes to shame; they sustain their own  charm. Hyderabad is specifically known for its bangles, with an entire lane dedicated solely to this particular accessory. So, while on your midnight jaunt, take a walk down the 'bangle' road to check out the latest. Put up a good bargain and viola! You're now the proud owner of some glittering delights.


This is the perfect place to find jhumkas and other earrings in faux kundan, polki and other designs. There is no sugar coating in here - what you see is what you get. And 50% of the time, what you get here is at par with what's available at high-end stores. Street vendors, mostly tribal women fromTelangana, put on sale anklets and waistbands. They are not made of silver, but you might just get lucky if you manage to spot a piece that's perfectly crafted. Women are more attracted to colorful clips which are used to hold the lengthy hair in place and  fancy/ shiny clutches.


This natural perfume derived from botanical sources is a compulsory item in the list of items to be purchased during Ramzan. At the Charminar market, there are stores in dozens selling them hectically. Some even claim to have them imported from France, while the others rely on products from the Middle East and India. But no matter where they come from, the fragrance of the ittar is unique and absolutely different from the Diors and Guccis we so willingly sport. From jasmine to rose, lilies to woody notes, pick up a bottle of ittar that you think suits you and spray it over you on the big day.


The footwear available here might not be something you would want to flaunt with your expensive designer gear, but you might just get lucky and bag a pair of let's say 'garden Footwear'.


You can stay in the hotels which are within 2-3km distance from Charminar. If you prefer a stay in three-star hotel, you will find them within 10-15km.

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