Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Incredible India - Qutub Minar

As part of Incredible India series, this post is for Qutub Minar, which is located in New Delhi, India
Qutub Minar is a 73 m-high tower built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din AibakTower has five distinct storeys & measures from 15 m diameter at base to 2.5 m at top. It is considered among the tallest & famous towers in the world and has some incredible carvings. 

Qutub Minar is made of red sandstone and marble with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur'an. The stairs of the tower has 379 steps leading to the top but a stampede of school children and presently for security reasons, visitors are not allowed up the stairway. If you wanna understand how Qutub Minar is from inside then you can watch this beautiful song from one of the old hindi (bollywood) movie featuring Dev Anand and Nutan in the movie 'Tere Ghar Ke Samne'.    

Inside the complex, there is the iron pillar which is said to have stood the test of time without getting rusted. The pillar has attracted the attention of archaeologists and materials scientists and has been called "a testament to the skill of ancient Indian blacksmiths" because of its high resistance to corrosionThe height of the pillar, from the top of its capital to the bottom of its base, is 7.21 m (23.7 ft), 1.12 m (3 ft 8 in) of which is below ground

Qutub Minar is a short auto rickshaw ride (~ 40) from either metro stations Saket or Qutab Minar and is conveniently located and easily accessible via public transport. 

Place has been well preserved considering it was built around 12th century and surrounding place also kept neat. These photos were taken on a very cold winter day during noon so the fog is visible in the snaps. On a clear day, I am sure this place is a photographer's delight with so many spots to take some amazing pictures of this glorious structure that has stood for so many centuries. 

It certainly is one of the must visit world heritage sites in the world and an incredible, breathtaking experience. 

As part of Incredible India series, I had earlier shared a blog post on Incredible India - Karnataka Road Trip

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