The capital city of India and the city of kind hearted people, Delhi is known for its chronological monuments, political abode and other contemporary attractions. Ranging from its modish malls to intoxicating lifestyle and lip-smacking platters, the capital city of India has no dearth of tourist attractions for the people of all ages.
If you want to go out for a heritage tour across the city, you may come across plenty of popular heritage and imperial sites like Purana Qila, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Safdarjung’s Tomb, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jantar Mantar, Lodhi Garden, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Tughlaqabad Fort, Lotus Temple and much more. Through this post, we bring you one of the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites in Delhi. We are sure most of you have enjoyed being there and won’t mind getting there time and again.
So let’s take you for a virtual ride of Qutub Minar:
Qutub Minar at a glance:
The tall stand Qutub Minar needs no explicit introduction to establish its historic continuation. This 240 feet high minar was constructed centuries back in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. Made of marble and red sandstone, this tallest Indian minaret has five distinct storeys. After Qutab-ud-din Aibak, his successor Iltutmush built three more storeys to this construction in 1368. Later, Firoz Shah Tughlak added the fifth and the last storey here. At the base of the tower there stands a mosque called Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, which is said to be the first built mosque in the country. Various Nagari and Parso-Arabic characters carved in the minaret leaves you absolute spellbound.
Besides witnessing the tallest tower, another major tourist puller at the site is Ashokan pillar, which is 7.2m wrought. It is believed the pillar is nearly 1600 years old and said to be a wish fulfilling totem. With this trust, tourists flock there sprawling their arms against the pillar and try to touch their arms from the back. The myth is that if you are able to touch both your hands rolling back the pillar and make a wish, it comes true. If you are yet to try this, make sure to fulfil it in your next visit at Ashokan pillar.
Visiting hours and entry charges:
The Heritage site is open for spectators from 7AM to 5PM. However, the best time to enter the site is between sunrise and sunset. For Indian visitors, the entry fee to this site is INR 30 and for foreigners the fee is INR 500. However, no fee is incurred for children aged up to 15 years. Exploring this popular heritage site in Delhi will consume 2 hours time of yours. Near the entrance there are various food stalls and juice corners where you can try something to meet up your gastronomic needs.
Note: Using video cameras inside the premise will cost you around INR 25.
For Delhiites, reaching Qutb Minar is not a fuss. The nearest Metro station is Qutb Minar (Yellow Line), which is situated within 3Kms reach from the historic site, and the driving time between the site and Metro station is around 5 minutes.
Additionally, several DTC buses also run through that route to reach Qutb Minar. Some of the important buses on this route are 543 (from Anand Vihar), 426, 417 (from Red Fort), 413, 427 (from Nizamuddin Railway Station) and 503 (from Mori Gate Terminal). Besides, one can also hire a cab or auto-rickshaw to get there.
If you are travelling from New Delhi Airport the distance is around 13Kms, while from New Delhi Railway Station the distance is nearly 18Kms to reach Qutb Minar.
So don’t forget to share your experience at this iconic site. In coming days, we will bring you some more UNESCO World Heritage sites in Delhi.
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