Iron Pillar



Weather:

Time Required: 1 - 2 hrs

Timings:

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Entry Fee:

Indians: INR 10, Foreign tourists: INR 250
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Iron Pillar, Delhi Overview

Iron Pillar is one of the many mysterious monuments of wonder present in Delhi- the capital of India. Located within the Qutub Minar complex in Mehrauli area of New Delhi, the Iron Pillar has been posing as one of the foremost metallurgical curiosities of the world due to its prowess to not exhibit a speck of rust despite being thousands of years old. Made with 98% wrought iron and withstanding over 1600 years of withering, the pillar still stands sturdy and resists corrosion. However, a few studies in the recent times suggest that the incorrigible nature of the monument is due to a thin layer of crystalline iron hydrogen phosphate hydrate forming on the high-phosphorus-content iron, which serves to protect it from the effects of the humid climate and weather conditions.

Dating back to sometime during the 4th century AD, the inscriptions borne on the pillar suggest that the pillar was originally constructed as a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu God Vishnu and in the memory of the famous Gupta King Chandragupta II. Weighing approximately 6000 kgs, the precise date and place of creation of the pillar are still disputable. It is believed that the pillar was initially installed in Madhya Pradesh; however, how and why it came to be a part of Delhi is still questionable. There are also a lot of local myths attached to the edifice. Before the metal fence was created around it, you could see a group of tourists, with their backs turned to the pillar, try to touch both their hands circling the pole. Anyone who could touch their hands was considered lucky.

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The magnificent pillar is 7.21 metres in height above the ground and 1.12 metres below, to maintain the weight and balance of the 6000 kgs of metal. The top tip of the pillar is bell-shaped with a bulb patterned base. The entire edifice rests on an elevated stone platform circumferenced by a fence of metal bars, which was constructed in 1997 to prevent visitors from touching it. A deep socket at the tip of the pillar suggests that probably an image of the mythological bird Garuda was fixed into it as was common in such pillar in ancient times.

Winters, early Spring or Late Autumn, is the ideal time to visit this place due to the infamous Delhi heat. The summers can get scorching and sultry, and your visit can get unbearable and really uncomfortable.

1. It is advisable to carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
2. Carry some cash if you wish to buy knick-knacks and local souvenirs from stray stalls outside the mausoleum.
3. Try visiting in the early hours of the morning to avoid the tourist rush.

Iron Pillar is situated within the Qutub Minar complex. The nearest metro station to the Qutub Minar complex is Qutub Minar Metro station situated on the yellow line connecting Samaypur Badli and Huda City Centre. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) also runs state buses which are relatively more economical. The nearest bus stop to Qutub Minar complex is Mehrauli Bus Terminal. You can get down either at the bus stop or the metro station and can hire shared auto rickshaws or battery rickshaws to get to your destination.

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