Duration of the trip : 2 hours
Cost of the entire trip : Rs 300
Entry fee for Indian citizens : Rs 30
Entry fee for foreign citizens : Rs 500
Timings : 7 am to 5 pm.
I was on an Official Trip to Delhi in the month of Feb. The climate was quite pleasant and I had been to Delhi for the very first time so I decided to convert my Work Visit into a Worktion.
Luckily one of the days I happened to finish all my meetings by lunch time and quickly rushed back to my hotel, grabbed a quick and tiny bite , changed and head out to explore the heritage sites of Delhi.
I took a cab and head straight towards Qutub Complex.The Qutub complex is an ancient collection of monuments and buildings from the Delhi Sultanate. Since I hadn't really had lunch , I decided to have lunch. As I walked by the streets I came across a few hotels and cafés. I had my lunch at "The Qutub Restaurant". I had the nonveg Thali and Mint flavoured Chaas , they specialise in north Indian food and kebabs. The lunch was really delicious and totally worth it.
Post Lunch I walked down to Qutub Complex , I noticed a long queue of people only to realise that I had to join one too to book my ticket inorder to enter. There is a luggage counter for tourists traveling with bagpack and heavy bags which is not only safe but also well organized.
About 30 mins later I found myself exploring a heritage site that I had always read about Only in my history textbooks. The Complex was very clean and green , Beautifully designed and well maintained. As I walked by , my attention was caught by a board which was a simple Map of the entire place. I read it carefully and took a picture of it so it would be easy to navigate myself. I walked passed beautiful gardens and well planted trees , stone like structures and amazingly carved pillars. Wandered around the entire place , The Qutub Minar is a beautiful pillar like structure that simply mesmerises you with its tall and magnificent look. I was awestruck by the "Alai Darwaza " - the formal entrance to the mosque and the "Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque" . The mosque is one of the earliest extant mosques in India.
The complex also consisted of a few tombs including Alauddin Khalji', 'Adham Khan ' , the second sultan of Delhi - 'Iltutmish'.
Finally I came across The Iron pillar of Delhi , a 23 feet tall victory column known for its high resistance to corrosion. Yet another monument I had only read about either in science or history and was looking forward to visiting since a long time.
Once I walked around the entire place which took approximately 2 Hours , Clicked a few pictures and spend quite sometime drowned in this places Charm , I decided to move out and grab something to drink because it had begun to get slightly hot. I stepped out of the complex and had some really energising Fresh line soda from one of the many carts that stand right outside the exit gate. It was already evening and I had to get back to my hotel , take a nap and prepare a few presentations for the next day so I booked an Ola and head back to my hotel immediately with beautiful memories after a lovely day well spent.