Qutub Minar and Lodi Gardens

The Qutub Minar ruins date back to the very beginnings of Islamic rule in India. The complex houses Delhi's first mosque which, artistically, combines Hindu and Islamic decorative features. The scale and detail of the ancient structures was incredibly impressive. 

Qutub Minar itself is a victory tower, and is the tallest stone tower in India. Established in 1199, it stands at 72.5m high and has 379 steps. It is now no longer climbable after a tragic accident in 1981, when a power cut left the staircase in blackout and in the resulting chaos/stampede, 45 people were killed. 

The complex was a beautiful place to wander, despite being packed with tourists. And we found it had a similar ambiance to the Roman Forum. 

 

Photos by Ben Journee

View of Qutub Minar

View of Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Iltutmish Tomb - Qutub Minar complex

Iltutmish Tomb - Qutub Minar complex

Mikayla walking through the complex

Mikayla walking through the complex

Mikayla sitting on the stairs leading to Quwwat-ul Islam mosque

Mikayla sitting on the stairs leading to Quwwat-ul Islam mosque

Ceiling detail inside Quwwat-ul Islam mosque

Ceiling detail inside Quwwat-ul Islam mosque

Looking at the blend of Hindu and Islamic designs (Hindu - flowing, organic pattern & Islamic - scripture)

Looking at the blend of Hindu and Islamic designs (Hindu - flowing, organic pattern & Islamic - scripture)

The cloister inside Quwwat-ul Islam mosque and intricate carvings on the columns

The cloister inside Quwwat-ul Islam mosque and intricate carvings on the columns

Lodi Gardens, unlike Qutub Minar, was quiet and essentially free from tourists.  

Walking through the, surprisingly large (we later found the gardens spread over 90 acres) and tranquil gardens, local joggers would cross our paths sporadically. We wandered past a group of teens filming a dance routine (probably for YouTube) and a little 'lover's lane' amongst the trees.

Hidden amongst the bushes and pathways are 15th century tombs and mosques built by Sayyid and Lodi rulers, from whose rule little architecture is left. 

The buildings were stunningly beautiful, monumental and awing. Even more so perhaps because of the real tranquility of the gardens, which lie in the centre of New Delhi. 

A woman in Bara Gumbad mosque

A woman in Bara Gumbad mosque

View of Bara Humbad tomb and mosque

View of Bara Humbad tomb and mosque

Mohammed Shah's tomb

Mohammed Shah's tomb

Ceiling detail inside Bara Gumbad mosque

Ceiling detail inside Bara Gumbad mosque

Bara Gumbad tomb and mosque

Bara Gumbad tomb and mosque

Bara Gumbad mosque

Bara Gumbad mosque

Bara Gumbad detail and view through to gardens

Bara Gumbad detail and view through to gardens

View of Sheesh Gumbad

View of Sheesh Gumbad

Inside guest house section of Bara Gumbad 

Inside guest house section of Bara Gumbad 

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