This blog is after my recent visit to New Delhi, this time my plan was to visit Qutub Minar. My first visit was 20 years ago, back then I was just 10 years old. Due to shortage of time I did not get chance to explore this architecture, but this time I spent more than 2 hours inside the main complex and captured some of beautiful shots. Hope you all will like it.
Let’s check out some historical facts before I proceed further.
Qutub Minar – an Indo-Islamic architecture, it’s construction was started back in 1192 and got completed in 1220. The entire process was divided in multiple phases, Qutub Minar was built by Qutb ud-Din Aibak, then Iltutmish [his successor and Son-In-Law] added 3 storeys to it, followed by Firoz Shah Tughlaq who carried out restoration work. The total height of Qutub Minar is around 73 meters.
The Restoration works and additions were made in 12th century, 14th century and 19th century.
“stone carving done using only hand tools, added beauty to these remains”
An Iron Pillar within the main complex- in the courtyard of Quwwat-ul- Islam mosque. This is 7m in height and the unique thing about this pillar is that it is not rusted for over 1600 years. This itself is an unsolved mystery till now. It was installed by Emperor Ashoka and Alai Minar.
The ruins of the 12th century Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (Night of Islam) are impressive; particularly the stone carving decoration created using only hand tools.
It is one of the most popular tourist spots in India and a must visit tourist spot in the itinerary of first time visitors to Delhi, both national and international. There are multiple ways by which you can reach this place.
- By Metro – Qutub Minar Metro Station, you can Board Metro from any DMRC station and reach Qutub Minar Metro Station.
- By DTC buses.
- By Hop On-Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Service offered by Delhi Tourism.
Within the grounds for the Qutub Minar, just next to the Iron Pillar. Very historic and significant, even though now it is pretty much just a ruins.
Entry Fee and Visiting Time of Qutub Minar
- The monument is open throughout the week from 7 in the morning until 5 in the evening. It takes not more than 90 minutes to explore the monument. Children below 15 are allowed to entry the monument, free of cost.
- Indian citizens – INR 30 per head. Citizens of SARRC countries are also charged INR 30 per head.
- Foreigners – INR 500 Per Head
Iron pillar in Qutub Minar, also called as the victory pillar and was made in the Gupta dynasty and have lot of Sanskrit inscription all over it . The most amazing thing about the pillar is that it’s rust free. This shows the quality and advancement of science during that dynasty and makes proud to see a creation.
This memorial of Iltutmish , who was king and son n law of earlier King , is a real beauty carved out in Stone . The grave of the King is highly polished marble. The dome is missing, yet the remains tell a story of carving which remind you of fascinating lace work.
Alai Minar… Started by King Alauddin Khilji, and his wish was to built this double height of Qutub minar and a big mosqie. But work came to halt after his death and never got completed. Famous Poet Ameer Khusroo wrote about the noble intention of constructing Alai minar and mosque in his book Tahrik-e-Alai. Located in Qutub minar complex and Masjid e Quwattul Islam. Surrounding of the complex is a must visit place for History lover.
Journey to Delhi Continues…