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).