What I recently learned is that wandering alone is kind of fun. My exploration day at the historical Qutub Minar filled my heart with joy and a different approach towards life. I visited Mehrauli, where this magnificent monument is located. Although, there are different ways if reaching here like- bus, metro etc. It was a cloudy day with sun rays finding their escape from the clouds to reach the “earth”.
Discovering the beauty of Delhi is in itself a different experience. After reaching this incredible showpiece of Indian architecture, I parked my bike and after taking a ticket and passing through the security check, I entered Qutub Minar. After following a path through the gardens, to the right, I had a publication counter, where all the books about the history of the construction and architecture of this place are managed. Every little detail about this place is given in these books. Now, to the left, I had a track leading to the tallest minaret in the world.
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The 240 feet tall tower is the tallest minaret in the world.
The Qutub Minar is surrounded by several great historical monuments and all of them together are referred to as “Qutb Complex”. The complex includes the unfinished history of Alai Minar which was to be built by the Khalji dynasty ruler, Ala-ud-din Khalji, but was left uncompleted due to the death of the great ruler. Other monuments in the complex are Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, Iron Pillar of Delhi, Alai Darwaza, Tomb of Iltutmish, Khalji’s Madrasa, the Tomb of Imam Zamin and Major Smith’s Cupola and Sanderson’s Sundial.
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After learning a little about the history of this stunning place, I decided to shoot some photographs and videos. The complex is surrounded by tall trees and various tombs which makes it a professed attraction for the shooting of films, documentaries and a preferred destination for professional photographers.
Airplanes are a common sight at this place with airplanes flying above the minaret every ten minutes.
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The top of the minaret is not open to the common public due to an accident which occurred in 1974.
It is quite ironic that I missed having to visit a gem like this, located in a place where I’ve been staying for the past 18 years of my life. How could I’ve missed visiting the tallest minaret in the world, when I was staying so close to it. It’s so grand, beautiful and incredible.