Devdeep Tyagi

A day spent well in the beautiful locales of Qutab Minar

City's Truly

September 19, 2016

Delhi has some remarkable history. Regardless of who you are and what you like to explore in this millennial city, there will always be two kinds of people- those who, on account of being history buffs, would love to explore the city's past, and those who would like to visit palatable offerings in the vicinity of what lies in the historic postcard of the yesterday’s. But truth be told, Qutab Minar is among the few Delhi places that has a bit of everything for all of us! home-run There are few other places in a Delhi ripe with historical dripping that come to match Qutab's magnanimity. While we certainly have the world-famous “Humayun ka Makbara” or “Humayun’s tomb” at the heart of Delhi, the wonderful “Red Fort” and a feast of eye-catchy monuments, there is a certain calm and grace, peace and quaintness about the wonderful Qutab Minar that few other sites can even attempt to match. 8671512722_6b3af86a42_o What’ Up New Delhi decided to spend one quiet afternoon in the close vicinity of Qutab Minar and engulfed by its air of mystic charm, decided to share about a lot more being to the place that locals and travelers often miss out on:

  1. Up first some basics
qutub-minar-photos-by So the world famous monument came to find its firm footing back in 1192 as a marked symbol of victory of the legendary Qutab-ud-din Aibak in whose glory the minaret was constructed. Ever a symbol of the lanky ruler’s pride and guile, this fascinating landscape of India’s past shines today as an important UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Qutab Complex is an intricate and daftly brilliant dazzling of some great architectural work that encompasses the famous- Iron Pillar of Delhi (in case you didn’t note), Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish and many other fascinating monuments.
  1. What can you explore as you walk around the Qutab complex
qutab-minar-5 A fascinating understudy of man’s relationship with building architecture that lasts and impresses posterity, with its wide and open panoramic spaces, we found the Qutub complex to be a welcoming abode that has a bit of everything for all kinds of people- nature lovers, walkers, photographers and young affectionate couples. With such a marvelous historical representation of what the past of India seemed like, with the rulers being at their pomp, Qutab complex is a harrowingly beautiful walk-a-way for those who fancy outdoors. Yes, a lot of the buildings in the inner complex appear too old to be ever reconciling our destinies with (no pun intended), but they provide a perfect tinge of nostalgia that the present day fast-paced Delhi just cannot offer.
  1. An exciting cycle tour
1780719_10203111080008532_747765665_n Yeah, you read that right. Perhaps the best idea on how to getting to Qutab Minar would be to get down either at the Saket, Malviya Nagar or simply the Qutab Minar station, take an auto to the complex, and once you are here, rent out a cycle to enjoy the free-flowing and effervescent slice of history. While we will share information about how to book a cycle (at the end), up first we give you a range of unforeseen and pleasure-giving old world historical charms that you can cycle your way to. An intricate, all-encompassing tour around the large Qutab complex would mean cycling around to discover fascinating and picturesque monuments such as- Adham Khan Tomb, Gandhak ki Baoli, Zafar Mahal, Hijron Ka Khanqah, Balban’s Tomb and some other relics. But worry not, you won’t be left paddling and gasping for breath for all these architectural marvels are closely-knitted into a distance that is around 2 kilometers at the most or maybe 1.5 precisely. It seems the rulers in the past were aware of the strategic locational significance of the monuments and hence decided to churn out a beautiful chunk of history in close juxtaposition.
  1. Hell, am hungry what can I eat?
dramz-copy Just a stone’s throw away from the said complex is the famous and very appetizing Qutab Tiffin, a hugely recommended eating joint for keeping those hunger pangs in check. This alone caters to hundreds of hungry explorers- locals and outside visitors- who come to seek in Qutab Minar- an endearing slice of history. And that’s not all, for the Cappuccino enthusiasts and tea lovers, there is the ever dependable Café Coffee Day lounge (have our word, it’s better than the rest of CCD’s) and other eateries in the same vicinity. You’ll never leave hungry once you enter Qutab Minar complex, that’s for sure! vegetarian-thali-at-a-dhaba-outside-qutub-minar-in-new-delhi   Hey, but that’s not all, there are a range of posh, fine-dining restaurants too in the vicinity. For those who love a good glass of wine along with a range of appetizing and sizzling select food menu, the likes of Qla, Dramz Whiskey Bar&Lounge and Olive (A.D. Singh’s unconventional best) are sumptuous offerings at the heart of South Delhi. Interestingly, these restaurants- show stoppers that they are- are great party places as well, with some of the crème da la crème crowd of Delhi’s party circuit stopping by here frequently to indulge in some splendor.
  1. An earthy, warm neighborhood that grows on you
8540425165_102914e7c6_b In the quaint suburbs of the legendary Qutab Minar, on the same patch of complex where the mighty minaret stands, but at just some distance- is one of South Delhi’s oldest and most fascinating neighborhood- Mehrauli. Lying approximately at one and half kilometers distance is this sassy colloquial charming neighborhood prodded by amazing eateries, shops and some really good sweet shops. For those who aren’t a fan of food and love to indulge in a bit of shopping, then right opposite the Qutab complex is the charming locale of Lado Sarai. This is a vivid amalgamation of old world charm and new age high-end art galleries and unique stores in a village setting. In fact, in a Delhi sense, if you were to replace designer stores and tons of vivid graffiti of Shahpur Jat and replace it with beautiful, luscious art-galleries, you’d get Lado Sarai. johny-ml-cover-story-2 A simple walk through this straight-road long complex can open a completely different purview of Delhi for you. Note: Cycle tours at Qutab complex: Email: delhicycletours@gmail.com Qutab Tiffin: Tel: +91 98106 66088

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