The magnificent Qutub Minar

I am back in India again and so of course, visiting some of the historical sites in Delhi was on the cards. A few days back, I went to Qutub Minar. It is strange the number of times I have passed this monument on the way to numerous places in Delhi, and become so used to its presence, never considering that it might be a structure worth visiting and admiring. However, with my relatively recent photography bug and the desire to enjoy some sun in this chilly winter, Qutub Minar was chosen as a good destination.

There is much more to Qutub Minar than just a minaret. While the minaret, tallest of its kind in India, is of course magnificent, there are a number of beautiful corridors and arches surrounding the Minar. If visited during the early hours of the day, it is a lovely sight to behold. Near the Minar is also the famous Iron Pillar, a pillar whose metal composition has somehow not rusted since its time of construction! Rightfully so, the Qutub Minar has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I took few photographs – going in the middle of the day offered plenty of sunshine but limited photo ops due to the multitude of tourists at the location.

Qutub Minar close up














Inscriptions on Qutub Minar














Qutub Minar

Around Badami – Pattadakal

Pattadakal is a small village in Karnataka, India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 22 kms from Badami. It has a collection of ten temples from the 8th century, built by the Chalukya dynasty.

The temple complex

Galganath Temple

Virupaksha Temple

Intricate carvings

Puja in one of the temples