The might of Qutub Minar in Delhi can be felt once you see it up close. The closer you are with this lone brick minaret, the smaller you become. However, there’s something about this ancient piece of masonry that makes it worth a visit when you’re in Delhi.
Aside from the towering minaret, there are other things around that could be of interest to you. Don’t look at the ruins from afar, but see them closer and you’re in for a surprise. The intricate carvings on columns and walls would leave you speechless. They’re works of talented people from the past who might have considered these as their masterpieces.
Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest minaret made up of piled bricks. It stands at 72.5 meters.
Since it is made of bricks, the building process took 75 years to complete! Yes, 75 years!
And it also took three kingdom rulers to build it.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
For some, Qutub Minar is considered as a “Tower of Victory,” built to celebrate the end of the ruling Hindu Kingdom.
There are 379 steps inside, leading to the tower’s pinnacle.
However, due to a stampede accident that happened in 1981 where 45 people died, the city government won’t anymore allow visitors to climb the stairs.
The minaret has six storeys and each of them is punctuated by a round balcony.
If you also look closer, the minar has Arabic inscriptions from the Holy Quran.
If you go around the Qutub complex, you’ll find the ruins of the mosque believed to be the first one in India.
Qutb Minar is built in an area where there used to be 27 Hindu temples.
Look at this huge gate! Don’t you think it’s beautiful?
Looking up and down this wall makes you speechless. The designs are so complex and so elaborate.
I think it’s better for you to start your day of sightseeing at Qutb Minar in the morning to avoid the traffic but go there before the morning rush hour. It’s in the south part of New Delhi and the city is known for its horrible traffic mess.