Monday, November 4, 2013

Qutub Minar - New Delhi

During my Delhi trip I found time to visit a monument that was built during the slave dynasty just before the commencement of the rule of Mughals in India. 
Qutub Minar in Delhi is world heritage site. It is one of the loveliest and most amazing monuments in the country. The tall minaret was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture.The verses from the holy Qur'an are carved on sandstone walls of Qutub Minar. This monument serves the purpose of calling people for prayer in the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. This is a tower of victory, a monument that signify the might of Islam.

The iron pillar is one of the world’s foremost metallurgical curiosities. The pillar, 7.21-metre high and weighing more than six tonnes, was originally erected by Chandragupta Vikramaditya (375–414 AD) in front of a Vishnu Temple complex at Udayagiri around 402 AD, and later shifted by Aangpal in 10th century AD from Udaygiri to its present location at the Qutub complex.
The Qutub Complex houses ruins of a mosque, a Vishnu Temple and several tombs.
Various Views of the beautiful & brilliant minaret of the Qutub - Above & below
The 1600 year old Iron Pillar - An example of the amazing metallurgical advances made during the golden age of the Guptas in the 4th century AD.
Courtyard of the Vishnu Temple ( in ruins now)

Lush Green Lawns in the Qutub Complex
More ruins above & below


  1. wow! you don't realize the detail on that pillar in the far away shots. so glad you showed parts of it.

  2. WOW.....i wish i could be there for a while..... very nice pictures.

    Greetings, Joop

  3. I had been there and your post brings ostalguc memories.I had climbed to the top.I think it is not allowed now.The pictures are remarkable for their clarity.Thanks

  4. Beautiful captures.. Reminds me of my visit in 2010. Glad to be able to recollect it through your wonderful captures..

  5. While emphasizing that I'm apolitical and not swayed by isms , I wondered during my visit to the minaret grounds if the tolerance and open arm policies of the ancient Hindu kings was foolish.Because the sacking of ancient Indian heritage was a feast for the invaders across the Hindukush.

  6. Excellent captures. Hope to visit all these some day.

  7. Qutub minar is the highest minar in delhi it is very beautiful and it is situated in Mehrauli.
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  8. Your writing has impressed me. It’s simple, clear and precise. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and family. Regards and good luck

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