On Sunday morning, after breakfast in the hotel, we headed of to experience what tells us are must-see features of the city: Chaminar and Golconda Fort.
Glad to be shepherded by Amrit and two drivers once again, and conducted in two vehicles he arranged for us, we travelled first to a striking 4-sided archway crowned with minarets, Chaminar.
The structure was laid out by Muhammad Quil Qutb Shah in 1591. It is said to commemorate the elimination of a plague from the area. It is also reported that on this spot, before the structure was built, Muhammad Quil Uutb Shah had prayed for the end of the plague, vowing to build a mosque in the place where he prayed.
The name - Charminar is said to be made from two words that mean "4 minarets."
While captured by the enormity and complexity of this massive structure with a strong Muslim heritage, Arun points out this -- at the bottom of the photo directly above, and more clearly in the photo below....
|Sister Alphonsa and Sister Joan on the climb, watched over by our constant guardian angel, Amrit|
As we climbed the many steps, we paused to overlook the greenery, water retention tanks, and places of worship that make this place a marvel.