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The most imposing structure of the Qutub complex in Delhi’s Mehrauli area, the Qutub Minar stands tall at close to 250 feet above the ground. Its height, overshadowing any other structure that’s around it, makes sure you spot it from miles away. Qutub Minar is one of the must-see places in Delhi. But now that you know me enough dear reader, please don’t be surprised when I say that, during all my past trips to the capital over the years, I had never got a chance to visit this historical minaret. Just like I had not been able to visit the India Gate at Night for many many years.
Qutub Minar – A Must Visit In Delhi
So when I found myself in Delhi again, last winters, in January, I decided to see some more of Delhi this time. The Qutub however, was not in the plan. But as luck would have it, the next day, I found myself walking towards the Qutub complex, wading through the weekend crowd of kids, couples, elders and foreigners alike. It was a Saturday and the place was nothing sort of mela (a fair).
Since I am a sucker for places and things of historical significance, I ignored the cacophonous crowd there and made my way inside the huge Qutub Minar complex. As I walked in, I realized how the Qutub Minar has overshadowed every other monument in the complex. To me, every single ruin and monument there was jaw-droppingly impressive.
To give you an idea, it took me more than an hour to walk from the entry gate of the complex to the Qutub Minar. Reading every board in front of every single structure, one after another. I surprised to see that hardly anyone bothered to stop and appreciate these structures. Only the Qutub seemed to be the pearl of the eye.
Photos of Qutub Minar Delhi
While there, I spent a lot of time lost in the beauty and grandness of the place. I wandered from one part of the complex to another, appreciating the still beautiful century-old inscriptions on the monolith. The broken walls and the remains of the huge doors. “How would it have been like back then”, I found myself imagining, more than once.
And this is something that always happens to me whenever I am at a historic place. Those who have been regular readers here already know, how I can’t help but find myself trying to imagine how things would have been, centuries ago.
Monuments Inside The Qutub Minar Complex
The Qutub complex or the Qutub Minar complex, as it is also known, houses many historic monuments and structures. Some in ruins while some still comparatively intact. The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, Iron pillar, Tomb of Iltutmish, Ala-ud-din Khilji’s tomb, Madarsa, Tomb of Alauddin Khilji, Alai Minar, Tomb of Imam Zamin, etc are a few that are housed in the complex.
I wandered around the complex for almost the whole day before I could suppress my hunger no more and had to head out of the complex to grab something to collapse. All I had had after my breakfast was water. But that[s a very small price to pay in exchange for such a wonderful day. No?
Things To Know Before Visiting Qutub Minar
- The nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar (Yellow Line).
- Entry Ticket Price (for Indians): Rs.30/-.
- Entry Ticket Price (for non – Indians): Rs.500/-.
- Video Camera Charges: Rs.25/-.
- Days & Timings open: From Sunrise to Sunset, Every day.
- Parking Available: Yes.
- No entry fee for children below 15 years.
- Best Time To Visit Qutub Minar: Winters.
Have you been to the Qutub? Like to share some trivia about the same? Leave a comment, I would love to know :).