A Visit to Qutub Minar
A visit to a historical monument is always an exciting experience. It is a fascinating adventure. I had one such experience during the last summer vacation when I visited Delhi.
With my friend, I reached Delhi by train. After some rest, we undertook a visit to Delhi. Delhi is a historical city. It has been called by different names in different periods of time. On one hand, there are Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Qutub Minar, and India Gate which narrate the glorious past of India; while Rashtrapati Bhawan, Lotus Temple, Parliament, to name a few, are the wonders of modern times.
We decided to visit the Qutub Minar first. The Qutub Minar is the landmark of Delhi. It is one of the most prestigious monuments of Indian heritage. It is the highest building in India. We took a cab from Old Delhi Railway Station where we stayed. I asked the driver, he told me that the monument is far from there. It took us one and a half an hour to reach the spot.
Being Sunday the place was fully thronged with visitors, I tool a guide from the tourist office located in the premises of the historical monument. He told us that Qutub Minar is the tallest monumental structure in Delhi as well in India. He gave us the precise history of this great historical monument and told us that the structure was started by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1119 but was completed by his successor Iltutmish.
From the main gateway, there is a long stretched pathway, it took us almost 15 to 20 minutes to reach the main structure. There was a magnificent 5 story minaret. The Minar is 72.5 m high and is embellished with 379 steps. Besides this, we also visited beautiful Mughal architecture such as the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Masjid. The other thing that strikes me most was the Iron Pillar.
By noon, we had completed the tour of Qutub Minar and returned back. I enjoyed my trip to the Qutub Minar very much. It was really an unforgettable experience which apart from being intellectually rewarding gave us a glimpse of our country’s proud history.