Friday, August 15, 2014

Qutub Minar is an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Qutub Minar is an UNESCO World Heritage Site
With its mammoth height of 72.5 meters, Qutub Minar boasts of being the highest stone tower of India and perfect example of a Minar to exist anywhere till date! The foundations of this famous Qutub/Qutb/Qutab Minar were laid by Qutbuddin Aibak of the Mamluk dynasty towards the end of the 12th century. The construction was interrupted at the first storey by his death and the remaining three storeys were completed in matching material and style by his successor Altamash in 1230 AD. However in 1368 the massive Qutub Minar was unfortunately damaged by lightning which was generously repaired by Firuz Shah Tughluq. Similar lightning damage had affected the Minar in subsequent period when Sikandar Lodi had taken initiatives to repair the structure. If you're an Indian be proud to see Qutub Minar in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Did you know this is the first monument of India to introduce e-ticketing facility for its visitors?

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  1. Nice to know the last bit - the e-ticketing service. I guess it facilitates accommodating a greater number of visitors, promoting tourism as a source of good steady income...

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    1. Somehow I don't feel it changed in visitor volume... I mean the e-ticketing service.... rather we need to be more tourist friendly to do that :(

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