Iron Pillar of Delhi
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Neighbourhood: Mehrauli/Qutub Minar
Home to the most beautiful step wells in the country, Jamali Kamali Mosque and a 200 acre park with facets of heritage peeping at you from every nook and cranny, Mehrauli is one of those treasure houses where the stories of the past can go on for years. Visitors need a whole day at the Mehrauli Archaeological Park to truly enjoy the opulent 1000-year old legacy of this neighbourhood. A great spot for picnics, this giant heritage park with Qutub Minar in the backdrop, has become a popular cricket playground among the local youngsters. Mehrauli has a number of artistic gems that have been converted into stunning art galleries & rooftop restaurants popular for a grand view of the Qutub Minar and large part of South Delhi.

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Vinod M
Mumbai, India227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
one of the many things we learnt in our history lesson. ,always had it in the bucket list to see the iron pillar. because it is one of the most unbelievable things on earth.

once you are in the qutub minar premises ,you can find the iron pillar standing in all its glory.

my kids absolutely enjoyed the story and seeing the pillar
Written 31 October 2022
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JoyBose
Bengaluru, India345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
It's a tenth century iron pillar, possibly even earlier, made with technology that does not rust and is intact after so many centuries. It was brought to Delhi from outside and kept in the middle of quwwat ul islam mosque courtyard. There are some carvings on the iron pillar in Brahmi script. Nowadays it is not possible to touch the pillar because of an enclosure around it.
Written 24 January 2021
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Debashis T
Dehradun, India1,711 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Probably this may be the only Pillar which diameter is more important than its height. As shown in a hindi movie if you hold both your hand around the pillar on your backside then your wish may be fulfilled. Another aspect is the pillar is made by a hindu ruler which is inside a Muslim complex of Qutab Minar. However, the pillar is covered and you are not supposed to go inside it. But the most important is that though the iron pillar is standing in open air for ages but still it is rustles.
Written 21 April 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,79,764 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Iron Pillar of Delhi is a pole structure and memorial containing a eulogy to a king thought to be Chandragupta II of the Gupta Empire. The text of the eulogy is written in sanskrit and I had to rely on the audio guide to understand it. Not really all that interesting, but fine to take a look as part of visiting the Qutub Minar complex.
Written 27 December 2019
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,593 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is an unusual object located in the Qutab Minar complex; an iron pillar, 7.2m high and weighing more than 6.5 tonnes. Our guide regaled us with different versions of it's origin, believed to date to 375AD as per the Sanskrit inscription. Apparently this translates that it was set up as a Standard of God with the figure of Garuda seated into the socket of the decorative capital. Whatever the history, it now stands within the complex and is reputedly 1,644 years old.
Written 10 November 2019
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Let's Go Sightseeing
Noida, India2,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Who, in India, hasn't heard of the Iron pillar? A curious pillar this, that has refused to rust, in spite of being more than 16 centuries old. It weighs ~6k KGS. It made me wonder how it was transported from Central India to where it is today.
Written 16 July 2019
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NotMolly
Canberra, Australia1,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
February was a good time in Delhi - in low 20sC so not too hot and exhausting. (Delhi can be exhausting in other ways so worth being mindful of climate). Before we left home we pre-arranged a private local guide to show us around over 3 x 1/2 days and take us to the main sites of Delhi and this one is highly recommended - fascinating! Our guide was very knowledgeable - we found her on a general search + she came with good reviews...not TA now it’s changed & mostly promotes large companies:(. However, it’s worth doing a little reading about Qutub Minar beforehand; for example, the UNESCO website. There’s also plenty of interesting reading around the site (see our photos attached). We loved our 2 hours or so there - the Iron Pillar is just one part (an important part) of this incredible historic complex. After seeing another site in the morning we returned to our hotel for a late lunch...a good day!
Written 17 April 2019
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Mark A
Ottawa, Canada88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
If you are at Qutab Minar, you will see this post. Its an interesting story, although I heard 3 different versions of about it while there. So perhaps less is known about it than the guides suggest.
Written 15 April 2019
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
The famous Iron or Ashoka Pillar is currently standing in the Qutub Minar complex in the courtyard of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. Composed of 98 per cent wrought iron, the pillar dates to about 400 AD and incredulously has proven to be rust-resistant for 1,600 years! An inscription on the pillar states that it was erected in honor of the Hindu God Vishu and in the memory of Gupta King Chandra. Estimated weight is over 13,000 pounds (6,000 kg). How were the ancient Indian iron smiths able to craft such a pillar with the tools of that time? And how was it moved here? Fascinating history! Qutub Minar is a must-see for any New Delhi tourist.
Written 4 March 2019
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Amanda C
Gold Coast, Australia1,674 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
No need for a separate visit for the pillar as it’s part of the Qutub Minar complex.
I’m sure you’ve read other comments noting that it hasn’t rusted, and has a small ding from a cannonball.
Indestructible!
Written 24 February 2019
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