Sunday, 19 January 2014

Charminar And The Charming Surrounds – A Photo Essay

Charminar - Hyderabad's crowning glory
Charminar is chaotic! It bustles with people, shops, hawkers and vehicles, but it has got something. It has got a certain charm, which is exuded in its colours and shimmer, smiles and sights, or maybe in its never-fading Muslim aura and culture. 

Well, I had been procrastinating my visit to Charminar for months, but finally when I made it there I embraced it to the core. I keep the sweat, dust and chaos to myself and bring to you what I captured through my lens.

Here’s Charminar the way I saw it –
Charminar's reflection seen in a pond at Mecca Masjid
That's the bustle around Charminar
Left - Charminar's view from Cafe Coffee Day, right - Hawkers and autos around Charminar  
Charminar framed from Mecca Masjid
Mecca Masjid has a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere - people spend carefree hours here and with a view like this what else is expected?
Charminar inside and outside
That's Charminar's ceiling 
Notice the colorful flags over the gate - they indicate Muslim sacred sign of moon and star
Tourists in the passages of Charminar
Laad Bazaar is famous for bangles. One of the shopkeepers educated me that it's known as laad market because the Nawab built it for his beloved (laadli) daughter. 
Charminar is surrounded by gorgeous jewelry pieces and trinkets 
One of the bangle shops at Laad market
Mecca Masjid seen from Charminar
Precious stones at Pearl market
Something in Urdu ...
A typical shop looks like this at Charminar
Left - From the Charminar, right - inside the minar
Fruit stalls around Charminar 
Charminar's corridors, walls and pillars
The glitter begins at Laad Bazaar (only to continue...)

Did you enjoy the pictorial tour of Charminar? Which picture is your favorite?

51 comments:

  1. This place is buzzing with lots of activities! Nice snaps!

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    1. Thanks Nevin :) Yeah, true. It buzzes through the day!

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  2. Amazing Shots!! Very colorful place indeed !

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    1. Thanks Sougata :) You bet! Charminar is a riot of colours.

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  3. The colour and the chaos! I love it. Thanks for a really interesting photo trip to a very 'charming' looking Charminar, which I'm sure has a lot more dust in real life - but such is the power of the lens, as you say :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Jo :) True, such is the power of lens! I loved clicking pictures around Charminar, even though it was such a mess. But one thing I'd like to mention is that people are supportive so photography wasn't so difficult.

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  4. Lovely shots of the Charminar! It is as beautiful as it is chaotic.

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    1. Yeah, true. It is as beautiful as it's chaotic.

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  5. I'm all nostalgic right now.
    Beautiful clicks renuka :)

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    1. Thanks Meghna :) I'm glad to know that my pictures created some nostalgia.

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    1. Thanks Rakesh :) Glad you enjoyed the shots!

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    1. Well, I really don't get your comment, but thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Hi Renuka !!!

    I didn't accept to visit on your Blog again very soon But your Blog quality & Photo shoot quality just attract me. I'm really very happy to see your this wonderful post "Charminar And The Charming Surrounds – A Photo Essay". Renuka, you a Writer/Photographer & I'm too interested in photography. I just need ask you, Do you take permission to click photo shoot ?

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    1. Well, at some sites you need to take permission. However, most of the historical sites allow photography. It's better to ask if in doubt. Hope I have answered your query. :) All the best!

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  9. I really want to go there now! Have been to Hyderabad only once that too very briefly while changing flights, but after visiting this post it seems like I am missing out on the wonders of char minar...

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    1. Oh...so kind of you to say that! Glad my post inspired you to visit Charminar. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  10. Charminar is awfully awesome!! I have good old memories from here, spending my summer holidays lazing around charminar, and the myriad shops, eating chats and bargaining at chudi bazaar! They are shimmering during night with all that colorful choodi's glitters and shimmers! Lovely account Renuka, and amazing pictures!

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    1. Glad to know that I refreshed your Charminar memories. :) Thanks so much for your valuable comment.

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  11. You've really captured the experience with these photos. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Ruann :) Glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. Your pics are making me nostalgic! Some fond memories of all the places shown here and shock of my life while entering Charminar.

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    1. Thanks Nisha for stopping by :) Well, I don't know the shock of your life, but I'm glad my pictures made you nostalgic.

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  13. An enchanting journey of Charminar and its colorful surroundings. I would love to visit it again and again.

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    1. Thanks Fayaz :) Glad you enjoyed the pictures, and yes, do visit the beautiful Charminar again.

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  14. What a gorgeous set of photos. I especially love the pictures through the windows and the scenes framed inside.

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    1. Thanks Traveling Ted :) Yeah, even I like that one! Charminar is a great place for photography.

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  15. This is a fantastic series of shots. Esp the one with Charminar in the BG and the focus on the bangles!
    - TTS (http://thirtytwoandsingle.blogspot.in/)

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, even I like that one the most. It was fun photographing the colors of Laad Bazzar. :)

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  16. The lovely captures says it all. :)
    Great set of pics. Loved 'em!:)

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    1. Thanks Nikhil :) Glad you enjoyed the pictures!

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  17. Wow! That looks like an amazing place Renuka:-) Loved your pictures!

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    1. Thanks Eli :) Yeah, it is a place worth visiting!

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    1. Thanks Aravind :) It was fun capturing Charminar!

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  19. Great collection! I especially like the one framed through the gate opening.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie :) Yeah, the gate one is nice! Charminar is a great place for photography.

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  20. Really, sounds a great place to visit! the Charminar looking gorgeous, both interior and exterior areas. thanks for sharing your experience with us

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    1. Welcome Swati :) Yeah, Charminar is a wonderful spot and its architecture is splendid.

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    1. Thanks Joshi :) Yeah, Charminar is all about colors!

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  22. Charminar through your eyes is so colorful, vivid and beautiful :) Such a well written post! Loved it :)

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    1. Thanks Pallavi :) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  23. Great photos, they give a really good sense of place. I've been dreaming of travelling to India for years, and your blog will be a useful guide for when I finally make it happen (hopefully not too long)!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Bonny :) You are welcome! Hope your trip to India happens soon (as you say)!

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  24. Lovely pics ! Each picture is beautiful in its own way :)

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  25. Hi Renuka

    Amazing pics & also you have written very well about these places. keep it up

    Regards
    Rosy

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    1. Thanks Rosy :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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  26. I really want to go there now! Have been to Hyderabad only once that too very briefly while changing flights

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