It is not always necessary to go for long holiday and it is not always possible as well. Our own city, the place where we live and commute daily…. offers many places where one can spend few hours or even a day…… These outings are a good mood changer and good family outings as well. There are many such places in Delhi NCR where one can spend his weekend. One of such place is famous Qutub Minar.

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There is a old proverb in Hindi “Chirag Tale Andhera” meaning “There is darkness beneath a lamp”. I use this proverb here to highlight one habit of all of us… i.e. we ignore our own city. Either we are too tired to know it very well or we do not give it ample importance. Same was the story with us as well. Though we know that there are many places in our own city which can be visited, but we seldom do it.

So we decided to visit all these places like a tourist and not as a resident. A tourist is more curious and want to know about the place, where as a Resident believes that he already knows about the same since he resides in the same locality or passes by almost daily.

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I pass by this monument while going to office. But the visit to the place was relaxing and knowledgeable. The monument standing tall is a proof of history. While observing the same I was thinking about how many years, kings, battles have bee witnessed by this monument and it stands tall….defying time. What attracted me more was the Iron pillar near by. No rust…… wow…. what a piece of Metallurgy….. a proof of how knowledgeable were our ancestors. Standing tall from 4th century…. unbelievable…. and I use to pass by without ever admiring it….

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Though it was hot on the day…. but we enjoyed our visit…. relaxing….. and satisfying….. I also visited Garden of 5 senses which is near by on Mehraurli-Badarpur Road…. will cover that separately…..

About Qutub Minar

The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The monument is open all 7 days for visitors. The entry is not free and there are charges:

Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) – Rs. 10 per head.

Others: US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head

(children up to 15 years free)

(Source: Archaeological Survey of India Site)

The construction of Minar started in 1199 AD by the first Moghul ruler of India Qutub-ud-din Aibak. It stands 72.5 meters tall and is a World Heritage Site. It is made of Red Sandstone and Marble. It has 5 storeys. First 3 storeys are made of Red Sandstone and fourth and fifth are mix of marble and sandstone. The minar got completed by Iltutmish successor  of Qutub-ud-din Aibak. The purpose of constructing the Tower is not known, some scholars believe that it was constructed as victory tower – a symbol of victory over last hindu king, others believe that it was for religious purpose – for offering prayer (Adhan). Qutub Minar is the highest Stone Tower in India.

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There is a mosque nearby called Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. It is believed that this is the first mosque to be built in India.

In the same complex there is a Iron Pillar of 4th century AD. There is inscription in Sanskrit and Brahmi language engraved in it, according to which the pillar was set up as a Vishnudhvaja (God Vishnu) on the hill known as Vishnupada in memory of a mighty king named Chandra. Some scholars believe that Chandra name refers to Chandra Gupta Maurya.

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What is remarkable about the pillar is that it has not rusted, though being of Iron.

So enjoy few hours of picnic while visiting the Heritage site and one of the finest monuments of India……

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