Qutub Minar - Towering the World
Come to the tallest brick minaret in the world - Qutub Minar
, the important landmark of Delhi. Located in the heart of New Delhi, this monumental complex is in the list of the Wold Heritage Site by UNESCO. Built during the reign of Qutub - ud - din Aibak, Qutub Minar is 72.5 metres high (237.8 ft) with 399 steps that leads to the top up to fifth floor. A decade ago this heritage structure saw an uneventful happening in form of a stampede, and as a result was closed for tourists. Visit this massive structure to see the artworks that will leave you a mesmerized spectator. Notice the Quranic inscriptions on the minarets that are one of the finest examples of Indian Islamic artwork. Inspired by the Minaret Jam in Afghanistan, Qutub minar has five storeys and its grandiosity can be witnessed from miles around. A host of stairways can make you go on the top, though it is now closed but even the slight imagination of going up and viewing the area is exciting. See this monument during the evenings when artificial lighting makes it a photographer's delectation leading you to a historical world.
The Attractions at the Minaret - Utterly Immense
Once inside the complex there are various attractions beside the main minaret. Visit the Quwwat ul mosque - the first mosque ever to be built by Delhi sultans. Close lies the most mysterious antiques of Delhi - Iron Pillar, which has never been rusted and whose origin has yet not been confirmed. It is said that if one is able to the touch the pillar backhanded then whatever he wishes at that very moment would come true. There is the tomb of Iltutmish - a unique chapter in the history, as Iltutmish built a tomb for himself even before his death. A conspicuous gateway called as the Alai Darwaza is a magnificent piece of work by Alauddin Khilji, though incomplete, this monument displays a revolutionary artistry that was exclusive of Turkey. Explore the entire complex at your own pace to discover the mortal remains of Madrasa, graves, tombs and mosque.
The charms of this Minaret is not confined to any particular season or time. Any time is a good time, but the three day annual Qutub festival held in February or March drives a lot of tourist participation. This festival is held to highlight Qutub Minar along with the cultural art forms in the country. Pay a visit at this time to experience a different form of Indian culture as explicated by the various artists.
Visiting Qutub Minar should be an essential part of your tour to Delhi. This heritage is synonym with Delhi which is easily accessible from every part of the world. Here history is revealed and you must come to read these verses that are sentimental of the bygone times. Take out a half-day for touring this architectural heritage in the city of monuments - Delhi.