Charminar – An Icon of Hyderabad Charminar is one of the Indian monument attractions located in the City of Hyderabad which is the capital city of the State of Andhra Pradesh in South India. Charminar is one of the most significant landmarks of the city. This monument was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to honor the abolition of epidemic. Soon after he had shifted his capital from Golconda which is known to be as Hyderabad. Mythology tell that the emperor Quli Qutb Shah prayed for ending the plague and took the swear to build a mosque on that place. Later he ordered the structure of the mosque which became famous in the name of Charminar. It has four feature minarets. The apex floor of the four-storeyed structure has a mosque which has 45 enclosed prayer places and a few open space to hold up more people on Friday prayers. The mosque is shaped out from lime, granite and mortar is an unusual hybrid of arc and mosque fused together harmoniously. The fluted minarets of Charminar are built into the main structure. Within the four-storied minarets 149 zigzag steps directs the visitors to the upper floor, the highest point one can reach. This elegant monument is very beautiful on the inside, and is particularly known for its carvings and moldings. And it offers a panoramic view of the city. There are two galleries inside the Charminar, one above the another. And on top of that there is a terrace that serves as a roof which is bounded with a stone balcony. It is vaulted on the bottom and appears like a dome. There is also a large table raised 7-8 feet from the ground with steps to go up to it. There is nothing other in the town appear ing so lovely as the outside of that structure. A flourishing market lies around the Charminar which attracts the people and traders in all depiction. In its heyday, the Charminar market had some 14,000 shops, a unique conglomeration of a grand oriental bazaar. The whole market around the Charminar is crowded with shops which sell glass bangles in rainbow colours. The best time to visit Charminar is deemed to be between the months of October and March when the structure is illuminated at night to offer visitors a breathtaking sight against a bustling metropolis backdrop. The markets and venues that surround the historic point of interest are equally popular as the Laad Bazaar, Shahali Banda, Mecca Masjid, Chow Mohalla palace, Patthar Gatti and Kali Kaman all add to the grandeur of Charminar, the Indian monument attractions .