Qatab Minar – Stairway to Heaven
Stairway to heaven
378 huge steps…
Qutb or sometimes written Qutab Minar
Qutab Minar is among the tallest and famous towers in the world. The minaret is 234 feet high/ 75,2 meter and the highest individual tower in the world, made in red sandstone. Tapering 2,75 – 14,32 meter in diameter! This Qutab Minar and its monuments are on UNESCO’s World heritage list. The minar was completed in 1200 A.D and since then the tall structure has been there upright and very beautiful, keeping an eye over Delhi just like a guardian.
When I visited the minar it was great many school classes with children there to look at this amazing monument. It was a treat to watch all of them in their school uniforms, they all looked very neat and tidy and above all very happy. The minar is very sincerely looked after by the authorities much like the same as other historic monuments in India. I was amazed by how well kept it was.
Qutab Minar is a great masterpiece of Mughal Indo- Islamic architecture. It has a number of floors or storeys, which has beautiful carvings like the one on the tomb of Iltutmish. There are inscriptions all round the tower and these inscriptions reveal that Iltutmish finished the tower.
Moving upstairs inside the minar will give you a wonderful experience and counting the stairs is always a fun… for visitors, I don’t know about that. It has 378 exhausting steps, which takes huge amount of energy to reach at the top of this minar but the top of the Qutab minar gives an insight to Delhi because one get to see a bird’s eye view of this great city of India. The minar did obtain some damages because of earthquakes on more than a couple of occasions but was reinstated and renovated.
The leaning tower of Delhi…no but the minar is not that upright as it used to be because of wears and tears over the past numerous years it has been there. Closely looking at the minaret it gives you an idea that it is a bit tilted towards one side.
TYRA…no I didn’t climb the stairs
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