The Grandeur of Qutab
Delhi,the capital city of India ,is peppered with many places of heritage interest. The scorching heat of June didn’t deter me and my friends from venturing out to explore the city, in albeit a completely different way.We decided for Qutab Minar, since we had never visited this monument before. Thanks to Delhi Metro ,reaching there was a breeze. Our destination was visible from far, it is the second tallest minar in our country.Only when did we reach there, we realized the grandeur and beauty of the monument.Situated in Meharauli, it was commisioned by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in 1192,viceroy of Muhammad Ghori in Delhi ,to commemorate his victory over Delhi Rajput rulers . It was built from material obtained by demolishing 27 Hindu temples in the area .The construction was completed by his successor Illtumish.Made of red sandstone and marble,it has Quran inscriptions on its walls.The minar is surrounded by other historical monuments and ruins ,the place is collectively called ‘Qutab Complex’.Most notable monuments are Iron Pillar and remains of Quwwat-ul-islam Mosque,the first mosque in India. Iron pillar is a marvel of ancient indian architecture and belongs to the Gupta period.It is flanked by Indian and foreign tourists alike in large numbers. Inspite of withstanding damages over centuries , Qutab Minar has been repaired by various rulers from time to time and greets the visitors in all its might and glory. I was left spellbound by the beauty and magnificence of the place and history surrounding it -signifying the end of an era and a beginning of a new one : Delhi Sultanate . The complex has been well maintained and information planks have been put up at various places. Many people can be seen relaxing at the nearby park and getting their photographs clicked.
This is surely a place I will come back to time and again . Visiting Qutab Minar has inspired me to discover more places of historical interest in my city . It also made me feel proud of my city and the heritage . This is a place not to be missed !https://www.gounesco.com/heritage/proof/grandeur-qutab/https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/15053321/10463902_10202353167533701_3677344727930160337_n-0011.jpghttps://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/15053321/10463902_10202353167533701_3677344727930160337_n-0011-150x150.jpgUncategorizedGoUNESCO Selfie,shrishti wahal,travel,world heritage travel