If you plan to visit Delhi, you need to plan a vacation at least for a week. I feel only then, one can go around and enjoy seeing and knowing all about the rich history and heritage of the country. After a fabulous day in Red Fort, we came back and relaxed at the hotel. Next day was marked for some visits to major historical monuments.
As everyone was excited, we all awoke early and were ready to leave for the day’s journey. The first on the list was Qutub Minar. I have heard about its historical significance, seen pictures and videos but it was a maiden visit for me. So I was ready to capture glimpses on to my camera. I knew it would cherish my memories all through life.
It was about 16km from where the hotel where we stayed. And it took us nearly an hour to get there driving through the heavy traffic. Mornings usually are very hectic and it is difficult to reach any location according to your plans. Yes! And finally, as we began walking towards the gigantic tower, we were excited and inquisitive to know more about eh monument.
A huge tower measuring over 70m high was an amazing sight. There are five stories in the tower. The massive structure is a unique piece of architecture and we can see the variations in the materials used and the construction in different storey. Red sandstone is used in the first three storeys whereas marble and sandstone are used in the rest.
The tower depicts the beginning of Mughal rule in India. History says that the construction of Qutub minar began in 1200 AD and completed in 1368. The first ruler Qutab-ud-din-Aibak began the constructions and it passed to successors Iltumish and Firoz Shah Tughlak who completed the project. Besides the massive tower stands the first mosque constructed in India.
As we moved in, a large crowd was surrounding the iron pillar, which is 7m high. The exciting thing is that if you are able to hold your hands around the pillar with your back touching the pillar, then all your wishes would be fulfilled. May visitors were trying their fortunes! And we were not any exception. Another day where I gained some more knowledge on the Mughal history…You may also like to read this……Qutub Minar Visit Delhi