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Walking The Qutub Complex

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).

The Qutub Minar, Delhi
The Qutub Minar, Delhi

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.

The Crowded Qutub Complex, Mehrauli
The Crowded Qutub Complex, Mehrauli

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.

The Qutub Minar, Standing Tall
The Qutub Minar, Standing Tall

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.

Centuries-old Inscriptions on The Qutub Minar
Centuries-old Inscriptions on The Qutub Minar
The Minar and the Plane, Qutub Minar
The Minar and the Plane, Qutub Minar

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.

Ruins At The Qutub Complex, Mehrauli
Ruins At The Qutub Complex, Mehrauli

 

Ruins Inside The Qutub Complex, Delhi
Ruins Inside The Qutub Complex, Delhi

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 :).

12 thoughts on “Walking The Qutub Complex”

  1. Rajiv,

    How wonderful it would be roaming casually among those colossal of ancient ruins. They seem to have so many stories and history details in hold. Look forward to visiting it in future. BTW please cross check, entry fee of Rs.500 must be for non-Indians na.

    Thanks

    1. Yes Sherab.
      It’s a fantastic experience wandering around these historic monuments of yesteryears.

      Yes, the entry fee for foreigners is Rs. 500/-

  2. Sir your travel gives new details about the place we gathered more information about qutub minar.

    It is Usefull.

    Thanks for your post !!

  3. Awesome work.Just wanted to drop a comment and say I am new to your blog and really like what I am reading.Thanks for the share

  4. Wonderful images Rajiv. whenever i see the name Qutub Minar and India Gate, it means Delhi. These both places are the symbol of New Delhi and I love to visit both places. Keep clicking 🙂

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