Monumental Gates has always been a reflection of prosperity for Kingdoms. Rulers, over the course of human civilisation, have always wanted to build gigantic gates which will play a pivotal role in the security of the countrymen and also display the might of the state. Not only for military reasons, many gates have been erected to display joy, honour and in good gesture. 'Gates' have remained a very important component of Architecture in the country. All these mighty gates carry unforgettable legacy and history. In this Journey, I will be travelling through all those famous or infamous gates of India which have played important roles in the History of the Great Nation.
The Qutb Minar is one of the first examples of Islamic Architecture in the country and the buildings around it carry a lot of legacies of the primitive Indo-Islamic Architecture. The Qutb complex was built on the foundations of Hindu Temples and in a large part of it, the elements of Hindu Architecture is still visible. The Aalai Darwaja which is the main gateway for the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque is one of the first Islamic Gateway in the country is extremely important in terms of its Architecture.
Located at: Qutb Complex, Delhi Built Between: 1311 Height: 15Mtrs Width: 18 Mtrs Architectural Style: Indo-Islamic Architect: Unknown (Built under supervision of Ala-ud-din-Khilji)
While the Defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan in the second battle of Tarain (1192) in the hands of Muhammad of Ghor was the first instance of Islam in India, it did a lot of time for the Indo-Islamic Architecture to flourish. It is only after the death of Iltutmish, the Indo-Islamic architecture was developed in a true sense. Everything before that was basically experimental. Though Qutb-ud-din-Aibak, the first ruler of the Mamluk Dynasty initiated the construction of Qutb Minar and the Qutb Complex, the initial architectural style was totally imported from the Turkish & Afghan Region.