It stands nearly 238 feet tall and standing at the base I always wonder how Delhi would look. This 8 centuries old structure has patiently seen face of Delhi changing, even though the minaret itself has experienced quite a few tribulations over it’s history.
It was built in year 1192 by ruler Qutab-ud-din Aibak it takes 372 steps to to reach it’s top. Over course of history Qutub Minar has been hit by lightning a few times but the damages were repaired by subsequent kings Firoz Shah Tughluq and Sikander Lodi. Qutub Minar has been carved out of red sandstone & marble and verses from holy Quran have been inscribed on the building.
It is said that the grounds of the complex, were homes for about 27 Hindu & Jain temples which were destroyed by muslim invaders. The riches of these temples were looted and buildings were destroyed so that the rubbles can be used for construction of Islamic monuments like mosques.
The Tragedy : Till December 1981 the gates of Qutub Minar were open for public till a stampede inside the premises caused death of 45, many of the deceased were children. The stampede was caused as the public inside the minar got panic struck by darkness in passageway owing to electricity failure.
The complex gives a very relaxing feeling with a view of lush green open gardens and historical structures impending over visitors. One can enjoy the complexity of Mugal Architecture as well as magnificence of Hindu-Jain temple sculpting.
Walking in shadow of Qutub Minar and then through ruins of old palaces & mosques fills you with so many emotions that this place nearly grips you and compels you not to leave. With the picturesque view & breathtaking buildings, this place will leave your legs tired but your heart hungry for more delight.
No Doubt this is among the top destinations for tourists visiting Delhi.
ABOVE : IMPORTANT MONUMENTS & LANDMARKS IN QUTUB MINAR COMPLEX