An oasis of serenity, tranquility and beauty in the midst of the eternal hassle, noise and chaos that is Delhi.
The impressive architecture, the intricate designs and carved works on the structure walls and pillars….all are quite amazing
I visited here last October with my friends, and this is also a great time of year to tour Delhi as the weather is quite pleasant.
No matter where you stand in the compound, you can feel the power and energy radiating from this impressive architectural feat.
Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India.
An inscription over its eastern gate provocatively informs that it was built with material obtained from demolishing ’27 Hindu temples’. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.
All in all it was an lovely day with my good friends, Preeti and Sudeep Lal (they can be seen in the photos below…waiting on line, and in the shadow of the impressive arch
If you are in Delhi, this is definitely a must see!