We left for Qutub Minar in a taxi. A straight road from India Gate leads to Qutub Minar, Delhi. The distance is around 11-12 kilometres and it took us half an hour to reach there. After reaching, we had a coffee and some snacks at a restaurant nearby. After recharging ourselves we moved to the site. Wow! It is incredible I must say. It is a huge pillar like structure. The inscription outside the Minar depicts that this is a 73-meter tall Minar founded by the Turkish ruler Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1192 AD, and the construction was completed by his descendant Iltutamish. Later in 1368 AD, Firoz Shah Tughlaq built the 5th storey. The tower has 379 stairs and its diameter ranges from 14.3 meters to 2.7 meters. There are numerous other ancient and medieval detritus recognized as Qutub complex all together.
The first three storeys of the Minar are composed of red stones having baroque carvings from Quran. The fourth storey is made of marble and the fifth storey is again made of sandstone. There are umpteen number of inscriptions carved inside the Minar in various scripts like Perso-Arabic, Nagri, which depict the history of Minar’s construction. Conferring to these inscriptions, Firoz Shah Tughlaq and Sikander Lodi repaired it. Its Calligraphy is impeccable and it has no match.
India’s first mosque Quwwat-ul-Islam stands near the Minar. It was also built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak. A seven-meter tall ‘Iron Pillar‘ stands firmly in Qutub complex. It was erected by Gupta rulers. Brahmi texts are etched on it. It was built around the 10th century and still stands rust free, enduring environmental and battle damages. It is a great example of metallurgy of that era. I wish I could climb atop of the Qutub Minar, Delhi.
This Minar is a great gift by the Islamic rulers to our nation. We didn’t know when those 2-3 hours at the Qutub Minar passed away. It was already 5.30 pm and we were running short of time, so we had to leave Qutub Minar to catch Lodhi Gardens. I promised to myself that I will come back to Qutub Minar with an ample of time in my hands to have a closer look at that unique piece of architecture.