Qutub minar

Qutub minar is one of the most admired and popular minarets in the capital city of Delhi, India. This tall tower has been a symbol of victory since centuries and is considered one of the finest monuments. Qutub minar is 73 m tall making it World’s tallest minaret made up of bricks, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. For more than 800 years the tower is still standing in all its glory. It was built in 1193 by the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, Qutub-ud-din Aibak, but he could only complete the basement of the tower, later on his successors shams-ud-din Iltutmish and Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed it as it is today. The centuries of construction by different rulers of different times can be easily seen in the architecture of the minaret as the first three storeys are made up of real sandstone and fourth and fifth storeys are made up of marble and sandstone.

Location-

Qutub minar is located in Seth Sarai Mehrauli, Delhi, India. 

Opening hours- 

The heritage site is open for everyone from 7a.m. to 5p.m. everyday. 

Entry fee- 40 INR for Indian Nationals

                 600 INR for foreign nationals

                 Free entry for children below 15 years.

How to reach- 

The Qutub Minar is a very popular historical monument in Delhi which is well connected to all sorts of transportations. Tourists can reach here 

by air- there are direct flights available to Delhi from anywhere in India, once you have landed at the Delhi airport it only takes approximately 25 min. to reach qutub minar.

By road- taking a long drive on a weekend to Qutub Minar is one of the favorite pastimes of Delhiites as the picturesque beauty of the monument is absolutely tempting and perfect for clicking pictures. 

By metro- metro is the most convenient way to reach qutub minar, the nearest metro station is the Qutub Minar metro station on the yellow line. 

Best time to visit- 

Beat time to visit Delhi is in winters, the weather is cozy and pleasant. The cold breeze against the warm sun will give tourists the best experience.

Food eateries- 

Mehrauli is one of the popular hot spots in Delhi for food lovers, there are many famous restaurants that give the best food experience to its customers.

Olive bar and kitchen- One Style Mile, 6-8, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

Best known for European, Mediterranean and Italian food.

Opening hours- 12:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every day.

Bo tai- 6, 4, Kalka Das Marg, Behind Qutub Minar, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

Best known for Japanese and Thai cuisines. 

Opening hours- 12:30p.m. to 1:00 a.m. every day.

The piano man jazz club- Commercial Complex B 6/7-22 Opp Deer Park, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110029

Best known for American, Mexican and Asian cuisines. 

Opening hours- 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day.

Travel story-

It was the last week of winter, spring was about to bloom and I hadn’t done anything for the past one month. Since it was the last week of winter I wanted to explore something new and that is when a friend of mine suggested going and exploring some old monuments in Delhi, I was up for it immediately because I never had a chance to see that side of Delhi in spite of living here all my life. We took a metro straight to the qutub minar station on the yellow line. As soon as We hopped off we were approached by a lot of autowalas and rickshaw walas, we took an auto and reached this resplendent minar standing tall and colossal in front of us. We both were in awe, the lavish green lawns encircling the tower and the crowd surrounding it looking at it in an absolute amazement, the sight was breathtaking.

The tower had 5 storeys in total, each having its own story of valor and narrative of how the glories of the great kings resulted in this magnificent piece. The architecture that is centuries old, the carvings determining the chronicles of those old times when great kings used to rule. This majestic and spectacular tower is the proof that work is mightier than its master. Looking at the minar I suddenly was reminded of  the poem ‘the Qutub Minar’ by Letitia Elizabeth Landon, and how when I first read it I wanted to see the minar and today here I was. 

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