India - Hyderabad - Charminar and Around

Iconic Charminar is synonymous with Hyderabad.  Our driver braved the general chaos of the area and delivered us to a parking area behind the main market.
We walked past proud but crumbling facades to enter the milieu.
We took a moment to admire Charminar from a distance.
Auto-rickshaws and fruit sellers sprawled in front of the monument.
We spotted Mecca Masjid standing nearly opposite Charminar.
We approached the monument which was build by the Nizam of Hyderabad to celebrate the eradication of plague in the late 1500s...
...and made a mad dash across the road to get to the entrance.  Crossing the street in India always seemed to be a 'run for your life' affair.
We got a nice look at Charminar up close as we wound our way around to the entrance avoiding the touts trying to sell us Hyderabadi pearls. Some even held a flame up to their merchandise to prove authenticity!
We paid our entrance fee and ascended Charminar.  We appreciated the ornate structural elements.
I smiled at this warning sign indicating that 'writing on Charminar is a punishable offence'.  The surrounding wall was completely covered in subtle graffiti.
 The chaos below was fascinating to watch.
We spotted Mecca Masjid in the distance and decided to walk over and have a look.
I had to buy a scarf from a local vendor not to cover my head but to cover my chest before entering. I was surprised because I was wearing a very loose fitting long sleeved shirt and my figure was very much covered even without the scarf.  It's definitely important to dress conservatively in this part of the world.
We finished our brief tour of the area by peeking at various vendors and taking a wander through the fruit stalls.
The fruit looked so good but we dared not eat it for fear it wouldn't agree with our delicate western stomachs.
We met our driver and continued on to Chowmahalla Palace.

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