Dark clouds and birds hover over the historic Charminar in Hyderabad. The Charminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower is of Paris. It is a magnificent square edifice of granite, built upon four grand arches facing North, South, East and West. These arches support two floors of rooms and gallery of archways. At each corner of the square structure is a minaret rising to a height of 24 meters, making the building nearly 54 meters tall. It is these four (char) minarets (minar) that give the building, its name Charminar. Each minar stands on a lotus-leaf base, a special recurrent motif in Qutub Shahi buildings.
The first floor was used as a madarasa (college) during the Qutub Shahi period. The second floor has a mosque on the western side, the dome of which is visible from the road, if one stands some distance away. A spectacular view of the city may be had from the roof of the Charminar, although, due to severe overcrowding of the minarets, only visitors with special permission from the Archaeological Survey of India, Hyderabad Circle are allowed to go to the top of the minarets. The clocks above each of the four archways were added in 1889.
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vedra (0) 2006-07-13 5:25
This photo without birds would be a nice one, but the birds make the scene special, a kind of mysterious. I like your point of view here.
anjan (1086) 2006-07-13 5:38
well done buddy, this is a gr8 shot. its the birds that make this so special.
dhurjati (2709) 2006-07-13 6:16
Excellent work.The flying birds are amazing.Would love to see the more of the waterbody.Nevertheless,near perfect colour and brightness does it for me along with a detailed note.
adam_k (600) 2006-07-13 6:20
It is the flock of birds which gives an unique view of that place...
mishreyee (0) 2006-07-13 9:03
Movement of the birds in your photo has added extra flavour, really very nice colour composition as a whole.
Pushpa (112) 2006-07-14 2:06
Very pleasent shot. The sky and the reflection in water making the picture so pleasent. Ever element in the picture is so great. Proud to be hyderabadi :)
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2006-07-14 5:14
Just perfect for the monsoon season. The clouds look like they are about to burst and the birds perhaps having sensed the impending rain are fleeing to the safety of their nest. Against the backdrop of the historic Charminar, this is a magical composition. Well Done!
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-07-14 12:20
Charminar has special place in Hyderabad but you have done excellent job in capturing it from mosque getting reflection and other structures as bonus.I like inclusion of birds.Congrats
sayan (2617) 2006-07-15 10:29
A complete different way of looking to the Charminar. Very nice composition with the flying birds, lovely sharpness and great reflections. Wonderful POV. Thanks for sharing,
partha (14020) 2006-08-04 15:32
What an atmosphere.Excellent use of wide angle.
birds added life in ti.
kvananthnaag (485) 2008-01-02 4:04
Beautiful POV covering both the Charminar and the College beside it.. the entire environment pictured is good with the birds flying... and the water pool of the mecca masjid... nice photo..tfs
csbriones (217) 2008-08-19 17:53
Wow! This is simply an amazing shot!
Congratulations on a job well done :)
sunilrayyan (10) 2010-09-24 12:13
SUNIL very good frame and time is also good
- Copyright: Sunil Shukla (sunilshukla) (844)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-07-05
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D 200, Nikkor 18-55
- Exposure: f/15.0, 1/90 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-13 5:19
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