Radar – JetWings International – July 2016
This month, my image of Charminar, Hyderabad has been carried in JetWings’ regular BW section called Radar.
Few structures in the world can boast about being the centrepiece around which a city developed. The Charminar in Hyderabad is one such example. Over 400 years ago, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty and founder of Hyderabad, commissioned this awe-inspiring monument that has now become the city’s icon. It is said that he had vowed to build a mosque in the very place he prayed every day if higher powers wiped out plague from the region — a promise he went on to fulfill.
Today, the Charminar stands proudly in the midst of a bustling bazaar. The mosque occupies the top floor. Each side of the structure is 20 metres wide, while the height of each of the minarets is 49 metres.