Saturday, January 17, 2015

Through my lens: Qutub Minar complex

*Warning: Photo overload*

No visit to Delhi is complete without paying an ode to the exquisite architecture. During my leisurely visit to Delhi for Diwali, I revisited the Qutub complex. Even this time, the stunning masterpiece in red sandstone mesmerized me.

Qutub minar is one an iconic symbol of New Delhi.  I found the image of the Qutub minar on my metro token.  Such is its stature.

Inspite of being one of the oldest monuments in Delhi, Qutub complex is rather well preserved. Much credit to the UNESCO World Heritage tag, inspite of the measly entry fee of INR 10 for Indian and INR 200 for foreigners, and no extra charge for cameras.

The easiest way to get here is to take the yellow line of the Delhi metro and get off at Qutub Minar station.  Once there, you can easily take a share rickshaw for INR 10/ person.

Qutub Minar, caught in its own glory

Qutub Minar & Ashoka pillar

And if you are bored of the structures at the complex....these adorable inhabitants come to your rescue!!



Soumyendu said...

Did you see the light n sound show? Did you notice the concentric rings in the courtyard of the mosque, clearly showing subsequent enlargements?

Just behind the Qutb is the Mehrauli Archaeolgical park, which has the Kamali Jamali tomb and mosque, among others. The entrance is now separate, while coming down from the metro station, you need to turn at a gate before the Qutb, when you come across Balban's tomb first. And then, in the Mehrauli village, there are other monuments as well.

This area in general was the first place of the Sultanate, after the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan and was a bustling city. Evidence of large waterbodies still exist, in and around the tomb of Mohd Quli Khan, which was turned into a pleasure resort by Metcalfe. My favourite place!

Preeti Datar said...

Didn't get a chance to see the light and sounds show. I am sure it is spectacular.


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