Ashok Stambh

The Ashok Stambh which is better known as the Iron Pillar of Delhi is located in the Qutab Complex, just behind the Qutab Minar. It is a pillar which is 7 m high and is made up of iron that has been blended with other metals to give a rust resistant material. It has a coating of Iron-Hydrogen Phosphate which prevents it from any corrosion. There are inscriptions of the Gupta Dynasty on the walls of the pillar which proves that this construction belongs to the ages of Chandragupta Maurya. It is a conclusion from different historians that this pillar was actually located in the Udaygiri caves in Madhya Pradesh and was removed by the Mughals and placed as a trophy in the Qutab complex.

The pillars of Ashoka are a series of columns dispersed thoughout the Indian subcontinent, erected or at least inscribed with edicts by the Mauryan King Ashoka.

Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with many ethnic groups and cultures. Due to these various groups, several languages are spoken here, Hindi is the official language, which is spoken by the majority of the population. Urdu, Punjabi and English are other common languages in Delhi.

Travel Tips

As Delhi experiences extreme climatic conditions, visiting the Ashok Stambh or the iron Pillar in extreme summers can really be painful. As the sightseeing visit will take place during the day time, so if you can make a trip here in the winters, it will be comfortable but the summer heat will be extremely difficult to tolerate. Again, while you are in Jama Masjid as a tourist, you can enjoy it the best if you go there after a certain amount of homework on the history of this monument. Again, the entire exploration of this architectural exhibit is on foot. So you must wear comfortable shoes so that you can move around with much ease. Again, you must carry some good amount of cash because the market place around Jama Masjid will be very appealing for you and you can really strike some great bargaining deals here.

When to visit

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Things to do

Since the Ashok Stambh is situated within the Qutab Complex, thus naturally it is very interesting to realize the connection between these Hindu constructions in the Mughal courtyards. If you watch out with much insight, then you will find several Sanskrit inscriptions which were created during the reign of the Gupta period. The inscriptions reflect that the pillar was constructed as a tribute to Lord Vishnu. So this blend of two religions in the same Qutab Complex is really noteworthy in this sight. The inscriptions talk about the achievements of the great Emperor Chandragupta. So if you visit this sight after doing some prior homework on the history of the Ashok Stambh, then your trip can really become a bit more appealing.

Getting Around

It’s very easy to go around in the Delhi city. The Metro Rail is very well networked all over the city. Apart from that, there are several public buses and auto rickshaws available for travelling locally.

Places to Stay

If you’re in the mood to splurge, then the Radisson Blu Hotel is one of the perfect options to go for. The decor is a mix of the medieval with the modern, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. This 5-star hotel provides all the amenities you might need, and the restaurants within this hotel provide some of the most delicious cuisines. 

If you’re looking for comfortable places to put up at, which will not burn a hole in your pocket, then Avalon Courtyard and Peppermint West might be two good choices. Both these hotels provide all the basic amenities, internet services, and much more. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and the hotels have a very nice ambience to go with their fantastic provisions.

If you're for a good budget hotel, with clean rooms, and a number of options available, in terms of the kind of room required. Another low range hotel is Hotel Star Paradise. They provide room service, they have a rooftop restaurant, and free Wi-Fi services too.

How to Reach

  • The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the airport that Connects Delhi to the world and the domestic terminal of this airport connects the city to the rest of India. As Delhi is the capital city of India, so there are innumerable flights from different places of India to Delhi.
  • There are three major Railway stations that connect the different parts of India to Delhi. These are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. You can visit the Humayun Tomb from any one of these stations with the help of local transports.
  • Bus services from all major locations of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available to take you to Delhi. Delhi Transport Corporation provides with cab and bus service. Air conditioned travel transfers is preferable during the summer.

Surrounding Attractions

Delhi is a reservoir of tourist attractions and thus it is one of the major tourist spots in India along with being the capital of the nation. If you visit Humayun’s Tomb then definitely you must visit the following sightseeing places which are located nearby to the Humayun’s Tomb.

  • Red Fort: This is a very renowned tourist spot in Delhi. It is a Fortress created under the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the 17th century. It is made up of red stones and the floorings are made up of marble. The awesome architectural excellence makes this place one of the best tourist spots in Delhi.
  • Humayun’s Tomb: This is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and was built none years after his death. It was commissioned by the orders of Emperor Humayun’s beloved wife, Bega Begum. It’s a beautiful white marble and red sandstone built structure.
  • Qutab Minar: This is the tallest monument in India which is 73 m high. It is the oldest monument in India and the most visited place by the tourists.
  • Lotus Temple: This is an exotic example of modern architecture. The top of this temple is designed in the shape of a blooming lotus that has petals all around. With the spectacular garden decor and the illumination arrangements, this place is one of the favourite spots for the tourists.
  • India Gate: This is a monument built in tribute of the great soldiers of India and the British –Indian cult who have lost their lives in the World War I.
  • Chandni Chowk: This is a very famous place in Old Delhi which is pretty crowded and has stunning collections of clothing and jewellery shops where enough of bargaining is allowed. This place carries the real flavour of Delhi and you will miss it if you do not visit the place.
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