A Day at Qutub Minar: A UNESCO World Heritage

Qutub Minar was inscribed by the UNESCO committee on the World Heritage List in 1993.   The site of the minaret consists of beautiful funerary buildings and religious monuments. These are widely known for the architectural display of the achievements of Muslim India. The red sandstone victory tower is 73 meters high and was jointly completed by Quitub-Ud-Din Aibak, Iltutmish and Firoz Shah Tughlaq in instalments. However, this was done in different periods. If you are taking Guwahati to Delhi flights post lockdown or simply wish to learn more about this remarkable landmark, here’s how to spend a day at Qutub Minar.

How to Reach?

The easiest way to reach is via metro. Take the Yellow Line towards Huda City Centre and get down at Qutub Minar station. You can either take an auto from here for ₹30 or simply walk. It will not take more than 15-20 minutes to reach since it is only 1.6 km away.

Entry Formalities

Head over to the ticket counter on the opposite side of the monument. The entry fee is priced at ₹35 only for Indians. If you are planning a same day visit after deboarding your Chandigarh to Delhi flights, check the timings beforehand. The opening hours are usually 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

What to See at the Minar Site?

Information plaques are placed to help you understand the historical monument better. These are written in both Hindi and English for the ease of tourists. The Qutub complex comprises of Quwaat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din’s Madrasa and Tomb, Iron Pillar, Tomb of Imam Zamin and Alai Darwaza. Most of these are known for Indo-Muslim art and built from materials collected from Brahman temples. This is one of the greatest reflections of secularism in India.  A lot of them are in a ruined state. Yet the old structures add to the charm of Qutub.

Things to Do

While on your Guwahati to Delhi flights, do read about the Iron Pillar online beforehand. You will be surprised to know that it is standing tall and rust-free for more than 1600 years now. Further, multiple wall carvings on monuments depict verses of the Holy Quran. You can read these patiently in case anybody is interested in the traditional Islamic culture. Additionally, the complex is ideal for photography lovers. You can click beautiful pictures with lush green meadow backdrops. Consider unique angles to capture the landmarks here.

If you are visiting on a hot summer day, quench your thirst with a glass of chilled ‘Banta’. This is a carbonated lemon-flavored drink famous of the roads of Delhi. You can also check out nearby eateries like Olive Bar & Kitchen for a hearty meal. Tourists also often take a cab to Safdarjung Enclave nearby to see Indira Gandhi’s house.

Whether you are checking out Kolkata to Pune flights or Delhi flights, take some time to know about this world-famous site. Rest assured, it will help you explore and understand the historical significance much better once you reach it.

Izzy Casey

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