My next destination was the famous and iconic Qutub Minar, Delhi and the tower was 73 meters high. It was built in the year 1193 by the King Qutub-ud-din Aibak just after he had defeated the last Hindu emperor in Delhi. The tower was divided into five separate storeys and each had a balcony, which had a diameter of 15 meters at the base and 2.5 meters at the top. The specialty about the massive structure was that the first three storeys were made of red stone and the fourth and fifth storeys were constructed with marble and sandstone. There was a mosque at the foot of the tower, which was the first mosque to be built in Indian soil. There was an inscription on the mosque wall, which mentioned that the mosque was established by demolishing 27 Hindu temples. The materials that were obtained by the demolition were used for constructing the mosque.
There was a famous belief related to that mosque. In the mosque there was a 7-meter high iron pillar in the courtyard. It is believed that if anyone encircled the pillar with their back, their wish would be fulfilled. That belief has been followed for many years and I could see lots of believers, who had come to try out their luck. There were lots of controversies and other beliefs that were associated with Qutub Minar. Some believed that the tower signified the beginning of Muslim rule in India, whereas the others said that it was constructed to offer prayers. No matter what was the actual reason, but it was important to visit this place as it was one among the best constructions in India.
There were lots of food stalls and facilities for horse rides available in the park near to the Qutub Minar Delhi. This was one of the finest monuments to be built in India. No tourists were allowed to climb to its top for some time due to an accident, but at the time I was there it was completely open for tourists and other visitors. I had also seen many foreigners visiting the place, which was completely justified. After spending a memorable time, I headed towards the National Zoological Park.