I've read about Qutb ,Minar right from my school days and some how did not imagine that there is any thing more to see than a tall pillar like Tower standing which did not evince any interest during any of my previous visits to Delhi..
But when I was in Delhi during Jul 2010 for an official work for about 3 weeks, I happen to stop by this place and was pleasantly surprised to find more than just a tall tower and discover it to be a complex of ruins of Moghul architecture..! Though, I lamented, I missed it so long, I was glad I visited it then..!
Built in the early 13th century a few kilometres south of Delhi, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu'l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples.
More info and story in Wikipedia here..
While I was gleaning data on the internet, I stumbled on these interesting links.. these are useful too..!
UNESCO World heritage Sites in India ----> http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/state=in
Worldwide Heritage Site - Interactive Map ----> http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/
|Shot from the speeding car..this building looked to be some kind of an exhibition..|
|Green garden greets you at the entrance..|
Click on the picture to view the text enlarged...!
|I was not the only shutter bug there...!|
|Though says Lazy.. He seems to have enjoyed it.. How about you..?|
There was more than just this Tower.. .! Wow..! I returned awestruck at the architecture & Intricate art wok of Mohuls..!