I remember the last time I visited Qutub Minar, it was a college trip which got us here to Delhi. During the trip, we saw different parts of Delhi which included visiting media houses, sightseeing monuments, shopping, and eating lots of delicious food. The visit to Qutub Minar was not a very pleasant one, it was a hot day, the monument was filled with people, and I was tired from all the walking we did in the city already.
But today, it was a different day, I had left for the place early morning to avoid the crowd, it is starting of winters which mean the weather was pleasant, and I was in a fresh mood. I was able to see it quietly, admire it peacefully, and read about it thoroughly.
The usual day at Qutub Minar is always crowded, visitors come to see the monument not just from the city but from different countries as well. The place is filled with foreigners no matter which day you go.
Let me tell you a little bit about the monument. It is a victory tower build by Qutb ud-Din Aibak, first sultan of Delhi Sultanate. The construction started the construction in 1192 and was completed in 1220. How come it stands still till now? Thanks to restoration work in 12th, 14th, and 19th century by his son-in-law – Shams-ud-din Iltutmish who added 3 stories and Firoz Shah Tughlaq who started the restoration work.
The tower is Indo-Islamic architecture and is 73 m long, there are six storeys in the minaret with the first three constructed with red sandstone and the next three with sandstone and marble. It is the second tallest minaret in the world made up of bricks and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The complex includes few other structures such as the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the Iron Pillar of Delhi, the Tomb of Imam Zamin, the Tomb of Iltutmish and Major Smith’s Cupola among others.
If you want to enjoy the sight, go early in the morning, if you are a reader, carry a book, sit the garden at the back, enjoy the view and the book. You can complete the tour in one-hour maximum even if you click pictures at every corner (like me).
You can visit anytime between morning to evening but do check the timings before leaving. The entry fee is 30/- for Indian Citizens and 500/- for foreign nationals, and entry is free for children up to 15 years of age. I suggest you book the tickets online as the queues outside the monument are long and never-ending.
It is situated in Mehrauli, so if you are coming from far away places, I suggest you take Delhi Metro till Qutub Minar station and take an auto to reach the monument.
BONUS: And, this is just me trying to be touristy.
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