Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Qutub Minar - A Fine Example Of Indo Islamic Architecture


The 239 ft red sandstone is an awesome example of Indo-Islamic architectural marvel and one of the pride of Indian heritage. It is the tallest brick minaret in the world and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has five storeys and each one is marked by a projected balcony. It takes 399 steps to get to the top. The storeys are indented with different styles of fluting, alternately round and angular on the bottom floor. The first three floors are made up of red sand stone and remaining floors are built by marble and plain sand stone. Surrounding of Qutub Minar one can witness variety of Indian artwork. The decoration of the Qutub Minar is purely Islamic in character although there are some evidence of Feroj Shah’s intervention on the monument in latter part of the history. Various inscriptions written in Arabic and Nagari are embedded in the form of encircling bands in the plain fluted masonry of the Minar. Near by Qutub Minar, famous Iron Pillar is also favorite among tourist for its amazing non-corrosive phenomenon. Despite of harsh weather and different turmoil, the Iron Pillar withstood corrosion for the last 1500 years.

Who Built Qutub Minar ?

Qutubuddin Aibak, the illustrious ruler of slave dynasty made this monument in small village known as Mehrauli in Delhi. However, he only started the construction and could finish upto a height of 40 feet. Later on his successors, Illtusmish completed it in 1368. The Qutub Minar is situated in Mehrauli in the south of Delhi.

Look Beyond Qutub Minar

Red Fort - The majestic UNESCO World Heritage monument is one of the sought after site among tourists. The fort has a historic as well as national importance. The huge bastion was built by famed Mughal emperor Shahjahan. Also witnessed the first war of independence of India. it is must see for any visitor.

Lotus Temple – Lotus Temple is new architectural wonder situated in kalkaji. The temple is huge white shaped lotus like structure made up of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. Here different people from various creed and cast comes and meditate in the same wide hall.

The ISKCON Temple - Very near to Lotus Temple, famous ISKCON temple is situated in East of Kailash in Delhi. Temple has devotees of Lord Krishna and amazingly most of the devotees are foreigners. It has a well-maintained restaurant, a museum, a library, and every day a special animatronics show.

How To Reach?

By Air - New Delhi’s International airport is well-connected to different foreign destination. Almost all the major airlines land on Delhi. Also Delhi has a domestic airport in Palam, connected with all the cities.

By Train - Delhi railways stations are the hub of all the railways routing from different destination of India to Delhi. Therefore, it is not at all any problem to catch a train to go to different destination of India.

By Bus – You can find buses plying to different adjacent state of New Delhi. Buses runs to destinations like Shimla, Nainital, Dehradun, Kashmir, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and many other places.

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