The edifice is built with four minaretes jutting out in four corners. A fable is floated that an underground tunnel exists to escape from Charminar to Golconda, but nobody is aware about its whereabouts. Each minar 56 metre high with winding staircase to reach the top. The minars are completed with a dome signifying Islamic architecture. There are two balconies leading up to the top, which is restricted to public visit.
The archways of the edifice is built in synchronisation leading up to third gateway, in one direction. The fluted shaped minars has totally 149 steps. When one ascends the top balcony, he gets to see bustling city of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, with Hussain Sagar lake, Zoo and Birla mandir, which are all prominent landmarks of the city.
The Iconic Charminar is compared to Taj Mahal in terms of being a symbol representing the city. It would augur well if a committee is formed to spruce up the place to bring back the past glory. The solution lies in clearing at least one km of space on one side and relocating the shops.
Ack : Photo from Hyderbad tourist site, courtsey wiki.