Every year, during the months between November and December, the iconic structure of Qutub Minar in Delhi, becomes the cynosure of all eyes because of the Qutub Festival. Organised by the Tourism Development Corporation of Delhi, this festival explains about the rich culture, heritage, history and significance of this structure to Indian and international tourists who come here.
Located in the southern zone of Delhi, Qutub Minar is today world famous, because it is the tallest free-standing tower made of stone, in the entire world. Qutub-ud-din Aibek, a famous Afghan ruler constructed this structure to signify his conquest of North India. It has always been an important trademark of Delhi, due to its rich history and architectural brilliance. However, in the present days, the structure is not open to the general public, as there have been cases of suicide attempts from here and also because the monument is decayed in a few places. Currently the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) is involved in bringing back the Qutub Minar to its original form and glory – the Qutub Festival is one of the main steps in this effort. This festival goes on for three days and Delhi assumes a festive fervour during this time.
Description of the Qutub Festival
The three-day Qutub Festival is conducted in the historic and grand venue of Qutub Minar during the month of November or December. This main objective of this festival is to attract as many people as possible and to introduce them to the past history and magnificence of the structure.
In a bid to bring back the original charm and glory of Qutub Minar, the Tourism Department of Delhi has organised this three day festival. Many people from all over the globe attend this festival and to attract them, there are a series of folk and cultural performances lined up by the organising committee. During the three days, Qutub Minar is a picture of excellence as it is entirely illuminated. Also, guests are treated to continuous doses of high-quality music and dance performances from the local artisans. The Sahitya Kala Parishad works closely with the Delhi Tourism Department for organising and running this show for three days. If you are a food-lover, you should definitely visit this place, because apart from music and dance, there are hundreds of food stalls that sell awesome delicacies from all parts of India.
Time for Celebrating Qutub Festival
Every year, the Qutub Festival is celebrated in the premises of Qutub Minar for 3 days either in the month of November or December.
How to Reach
If you want to reach Qutub Minar from India Gate, you need to catch the Outer Ring road. Start from the Asoka Road, proceed to Panchmukhi Chowk and then reach the Man Singh Road from there. From here, you will find the Prithviraj Road on the 2nd exit located in the second roundabout turn. From this road, move towards Sri Aurobindo Marg on your left and keep going straight until you reach Lado Sarai Extension. Here, you will find Qutub Minar at Seth Sarai.
If you are travelling from the airport, catch the Airport Road and proceed towards Rao Tula Ram Marg, Palam Marg and finally the Outer Ring Road or Gamal Abdel Nasser Marg. Just after the IIT campus, take a right which will lead to Sri Aurobindo Marg, from where you can reach Lado Sarai.
By HOHO Bus
Since Qutub Minar is a tourist attraction, visitors can use the Hop On – Hop Off (HOHO) bus services that are available in plenty.
The Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro is the one you need to take to reach Qutub Minar. There is a specific station by this name, where you need to get off. The monument is just a stone’s throw away from the metro station.
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