As some of you may know, we’ve been together lately and Issy just left 2 weeks back.
We have visited a lot of interesting places in India and soon we will be sharing our experiences with you.
This one is about our visit to one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, an absolute must for everyone who is planning to visit Delhi, the Qutub Minar.
Although it is visible from the outside, one can’t miss witnessing this heritage site closely.
Of course, before entering the Qutub complex and see the beauty of the place, one has to go through an extremely long queue to buy tickets, which can easily take 2 hours. Luckily, the queue for the foreigners is way shorter. The cashier was kind enough to provide us with tickets for him as well and Issy didn’t have to wait for hours alone.
There it stood. The 73 meter high Qutub Minar, the highest stone tower in India. Built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom.
Qutub Minar’s rich history is somewhat baffling as well as controversial. Many popular beliefs still stand to this day as to why exactly the tower was erected and no definite evidence regarding that has been established yet. Everyone has their own version of beliefs.
India’s first ever mosque Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque stands at the foot of Qutub Minar. Eastern walls of which have inscriptions, which notify that the mosque was built with material acquired by demolishing ’27 Hindu Temples’.
Residing in the courtyard of the mosque, a 7-meter high Iron Pillar is a fascinating thing in itself. The pillar has withstood many centuries without getting corroded/rusted. Contradictory to the place where it stands, Iron Pillar actually belonged to Gupta Dynasty (Hindu Kingdom) according to the inscriptions present on it.
Inscriptions in Urdu are all over the walls of Qutub Minar and Qutub complex, which makes it even more captivating.
If you want to read more about Minar’s history you can check the links below 🙂
Other than its historical importance, the complex is quite exquisite and perfect for any photographer/shutterbug or documentarian. And although the Qutub Complex is usually crowded, you can still find some tranquil spots for yourself to chill.
If you ever find yourself in Delhi, we recommend you to visit Qutub Minar.
Location: Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nearest Metro Station: Qutab Minar
Open: All days
Qutub Minar Timings: 7:00 – 17:00
Entry Fee India citizens: ₹ 30
Entry Fee Foreigners: ₹ 500
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