Iron Pillar, Qutub Minar Complex

Iron Pillar, Qutub Minar Complex

Curious to know more…

The Iron Pillar in the Qutub Minar Complex is the perfect example of the phrase “appearances can be deceptive”. At the first look, it is a simple pillar standing oddly in the middle of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque’s courtyard. But it has indeed ignited the curiosity of many scientists and archeologists around the world because of its unique quality of having resisted any corrosion, throughout Delhi’s weather fluctuations and atmospheric conditions, for around 1600 years.

A short note of about 50-60 words on historical importance

With a diameter of 16 inches and standing tall at 23 feet 8 inches, the pillar’s dimensions and metallurgical qualities are testimony to the skill of ancient Indian iron smiths. Research shows that this “magical” quality of the pillar comes from a protective film of “misawite”, a non-rusting compound of iron, oxygen and hydrogen, which accidentally got formed on the entire surface during its fabrication.

How to get there?

The Qutub complex is located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. 

Delhi is well-connected to all the other Indian states via flights, trains, and buses. Trains connect from the Old Delhi, New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway stations, amongst many others. The main bus stand for the city is the Inter-State Bus Terminal at Kashmiri Gate. 

Within Delhi city, a network of buses and metro-trains connects the Qutub Complex. The closest bus stand is the Qutub Minar Bus Stand with 13 buses connecting to it. The closest metro station is the Saket Metro Station on the Yellow Line. 

Plenty more to HopOn Near the Iron Pillar…

Nearby Attractions (here you can mention popular bungalow, food joint, pub, gardens, and places where people can spend time or view)

Nearby historical attractions include the Mehrauli Archaelogical Park and the Jahaj Mahal.  The Olive Bar & Kitchen is set in a colonial bungalow & serves Italian food, whereas the Rose Café is very popular for its shabby chic décor and hearty meals. The Garden of Five Senses is a 20-acre park with a diversity of flora and interesting landscapes. 

Where to stay near the Iron Pillar?

5 Hotels/ Places of stay near Bandra Fort- Suggest one Four-star hotel/ One Three start hotel/ One AirBnB/ One Hostel (Backpackers pad)/ One home stay

“The Visaya” is a 4-star boutique hotel in N-Block of Panchsheel Park, at a distance of 3.7 km from the Qutub Complex.

“FabHotel Prime Sage” is a 3-star hotel hotel in the beautiful neighbourhood of Malviya Nagar, at a distance of 2 km from the Qutub Complex. 

“The Suite 21” is an AirBnB stay located within 900m of the metro station. It is a plush studio apartment. 

“The Hosteller” is an upbeat hostel located in Saket, at walking distance from the closest metro station and at a distance of 2 km from the Qutub Complex. 

“The Lazy Patio Homestay” is located in the Hauz Khas village, at the edge of the Deer Park, one of the most vibrant open green spaces in Delhi with ancient monuments, flora and fauna. It is at a distance of 4.7 km from the Qutub Complex. 

Places you shouldn’t miss…

India’s capital city is alive with many opportunities for experiencing heritage, contemporary culture, food, shopping and more. 

The Purana Quila (Old Fort) is a 16th century fort which today greets visitors with its green landscape with ancient architecture set within. The Sound and Light show every evening is energizing and an ode to the city of Delhi. 

Café Lota, the museum café of the National Crafts Museum, is a must-visit for anyone looking to discover pan-Indian cuisine in a contemporary avatar. 

The Lotus Temple is a house of worship open to all religions and a must-visit for its architecture and the magical spaces created inside. 

Dilli Haat is an open air food court and craft bazaar hosting artists, performers and food stalls from every state of India. 

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