When in Delhi, India, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Qutab Minar, India’s tallest tower and prominent landmark, as well as its surrounding complex. It will provide you with a rare view of Indian history and architecture.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Qutab Minar complex is a well-preserved archeological site capturing Indo-Islamic history from as early as the 12th Century. The area itself had been used by rulers as forts and compounds for centuries before that. Thanks to preservation attempts, the complex has over 40 restored monuments.
The construction of the Qutab Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret, spanned across different rulers and faced not one, but two damaging lightning strikes, which can account for its heterogeneous style. Built out of red sandstone, the tower literally stands out in the skyline of Southern Delhi.
Some of the more fascinating aspects are the varied details in infrastructures, such as carved designs and illustrations along walls and columns.
While the Minar is the most famous of landmarks, there’s also the complex houses and many more including the oldest mosque in Northern India built in the 12th Century. Be sure to check out the Alai Darwaza, the main gateway, for its unique architecture. The grounds are expansive enough that you can spend a few hours just walking through the gardens and ruins so make sure to budget enough time in your day to take it all in.
Note: As it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site there can be people wandering in and out of shots, but don’t worry as there’s space for all and sometimes groups can provide an interesting picture.
For more information, visit: the UNESCO World Heritage Site