On my last day in New Delhi, a friend’s friend chartered a car for me to visit the other New Delhi’s site I had not visited inclusive of one monument that had me mesmerized, Qutb Minar which was known as the highest tower in India, slimmest I would add. It was in a form of red and buff sandstone at the height of 72.5 m with its diameter approximately 14.32m at the base and 2.75m on top.
The minaret was inspired by Minaret of Jam, Pakistan. Spot the similarity.
The first Muslim ruler of Delhi, Qutb-ud-din Aibak, commenced the construction of the Qutb Minar but could only finish off the basement i.e the first tier. His successor added four more. The architecture comprised of the carving of Quranic verses at the surface of the building. Their flambouyant skills were evident in the minaret.
In the compound of Qutb Minar, there is a mosque built by the Delhi Sultans to the northeast of the minaret. It consists of a rectangular courtyard enclosed by cloisters, erected with the carved columns.There was also an Iron Pillar in the courtyard set up to Vishnudhvaja in the memory of a mighty king named Chandra. Oh, now it becomes Indo-Islamic.
Part of the building was damaged due to earthquakes and lightnings on many occasions. With reinstatement and renovation, the beauty of the Qutb Minar is well preserved.
Public transport: Delhi Metro
Entrance Fee: (Local: Rs10) (Foreigner: Rs250)