Friday, March 4, 2016

Hanging Out in Hyderabad - the Charminar, bangles, perfumes and pearls


Our final stop for the day was the Charminar, right in the old part of Hyderabad.  It was constructed in 1591 as both a monument and a mosque.  It's one of the most recognized structures of India.  It was built to commemorate the eradication of the plague and the start of the second Islamic millennium year - in fact the city of Hyderabad itself was founded by Qutb Shah to celebrate this millennium.

Around the Charminar there are many shopping streets - the most famous things to buy here are pearls, bangles and perfumes (I bought some of each).

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