Neetha’s flight is at 7.00PM the same day where as mine was at 12.30 AM the following day. We have still lot of time for our respective flights. We quickly calculated the possibilities and decided that we will finish off our Delhi trip with a visit to Qutub Minar. We took a cab from CP to Qutub Minar, which is at a distance of some 15 kms from CP and as it was early in the morning and a Sunday, there wasn’t much traffic and we reached there in 45 mins.
There are two complexes situated opposite to each other; while one complex hosts the Qutub Minar, the other hosts the ticket counter and a baggage counter. It was too crowded and there were long queues in front of the counters. Neetha stood in one while I was in the other. Luckily I got our tickets in 10 mins and Neetha deposited her bag in the cloak room. We crossed the road and walked towards the Qutub Minar.
I got the first glimpse of the monument just after we entered the complex and I could imagine how huge it could be when I near it. But we didn’t go to it first; instead we walked towards the many broken and ruined tombs and monuments in the complex. Though they were broken they carry lot of charisma and speak the rich history of India. Something caught our sight; it’s the Delhi Iron Pillar, which is a testimony to the high level of skill achieved by ancient Indian iron smiths in the extraction and processing of iron. Traditionally people believed that if anyone standing infront of the pillar with his/her back towards the column can encircle it with their arms, all his wishes will be fulfilled. But we don’t have a chance to do that as there is a fence around the pillar now 😦
We walked around the ruins of the adjacent buildings and other monuments in the complex. There is a beautiful lush green lawn in the complex and we moved towards the famous Qutub Minar. I was fascinated at its sight. The tall minaret which is almost some 238 feet tall, having 379 steps is truly magnificent. It is perhaps a great masterpiece of the Mughal architecture. The monument is made up of sandstone and the verses from the holy Quran are carved on its walls. The calligraphy is so fine and every detail on the monument is so vivid. There are also few other tombs and mosques around the minaret.
We headed back to our room and packed our bags. We headed to the Dwarka Metro station and the ride was yet another exciting experience. It is an electronic motor vehicle which we took for our ride to the station. The ride in the electronic gaadi and the pleasant weather on the near empty roads was a good experience 🙂 😉 , which we enjoyed thoroughly. While Neetha headed to the airport to catch her flight, I rushed to yet another amazing construction of the modern era, the “AksharDham”.
By the time I reached the temple complex, there were long queues in which people were waiting to deposit their luggage and electronic goods which they are carrying along with them. It took me around an hour to deposit my own luggage and get cleared by the security. The temple which is also known as the Swaminarayan Akshardham is a Hindu temple and a spiritual cultural complex. The temple complex is truly a feast for the eyes watching it. The walls are intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians and deities.
The construction is of sandstone and marble and has many carved pillars, domes and idols of various sages, devotees and spiritual leaders. Under the temple’s central dome lies the idol of Swaminarayana to whom the temple is dedicated. Also there are the idols of Sita Rama, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati and Lakshmi Narayana. Photography is strictly prohibited in the temple complex, however they themselves provide a photographer if you want to take some photographs. The complex also has a store which sells souvenirs, books and other articles and also has a food court.
There happens a musical fountain show every evening, but as I don’t have that much of time, I couldn’t watch it this time. It took me more than two hours to see the entire complex and didn’t wait for a long time to collect my baggage 🙂 🙂 ; took a cab to the airport and waited long enough to board.
On board…. 😉 Trivandrum, here I come 🙂 😛