Qutub Minar - The Best Heritage Site In Delhi

Trip Start Mar 17, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

A spare day in Delhi in March while the weather was still spring like, provided the opportunity to plan a visit to the Qutb Minar  at Mehrauli, to be followed by a shopping spree at Sarojini Market and a quick round of Humayuns Tomb and the Bahai Lotus Temple.



Delhi has more than its fair share of ancient ruins and historic monuments.

The Qutb Minar is in my opinion, the most interesting, I would go there again.  It is certainly very popular.

The Humayun's Tomb was not as interesting as I remembered it to be and I doubt I would return.

The Lotus Temple was a big let down, it looks very impressive from afar but not so amazing from up close though the gardens are beautiful.  Additionally, one has the feeling of being constantly spied upon by the overt and covert security and Bahai members in the premises.  There was nothing special about sitting in silence within the lotus structure, certainly no aura of tangible spirituality or anything in particular.  I would not go there again.

 A group of schoolboys were out on a field trip to the Qutb Minar that morning and cheerfully asked for their photographs to be taken.

The ruins exude a patina of history, of times gone by. ; A Sound and Light Show here, would be most fascinating. I wonder why the tourism department has not thought of it.

The Iron Pillar in the Qutb complex is probably the oldest ruin, dating from the Gupta period c.402 AD. Seen below with the ruined screen of the Quwatul Islam mosque

The imposing tower built by Qutb ud Din Aibak in 1199AD to celebrate the victory of Islam.

Covered in fine Islamic calligraphy with fine honeycomb carving on the higher storeys, the Minar is an imposing sight.

The Mughal Serai at the current entrance, is a traditional modest shelter for travellers.  Today it houses quarters for the cleaners and other staff of the Qutb complex.

Parakeets and Mynahs abound

Alai Darwaza built in 1311AD during the Khilji Dynasty

Alai Darwaza and the tomb of Imam Zamin

Elements of Hindu art

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