Around 4 Crore INR were spent to illuminate Qutub Minar. It was a joint project of ASI and NBCC India (National Building Construction Company). According to an NBCC official, all the LEDs that are used to light Qutub Minar in the night produce warm light which won’t impact the monument’s architectural features. Also, these LEDs won’t attract any insects and are safe. Other than the main monument, all the other places, structures, pathways, etc. in the complex are also lit in the night.
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It is estimated that around 16000 INR electricity bill will be generated every month by 358 LED bulbs which will light up Qutub Minar at the night. I got to visit Qutub Minar after the dark this year in January. However, I remember going to Mahrauli in a bus back in 2017 and watching the illuminated monument in the evening but back then, the monument wasn’t open for tourism. Also to my mind, only the monument used to be lit not the entire complex.
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Old Fort, Safdurjung Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, etc. have already been lit. Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Safdurjung Tomb are now open till 9 PM for the public for the night show of these monuments. I have previously visited Qutub Minar thrice. Once with a friend from Gurgaon which was during college days if I am not wrong. The second time was in 2015 with Shiva, whom I met at a seminar conducted by Indiblogger on July 11 the same day at Striker Pub and Brewery in Sector 43 Gurgaon. The third time I visited Qutub Minar was in 2018 when I went there along with Bernard Lee, whom I met during Rajasthan Kabir Yatra. Lee stayed with me for two days and we visited Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Mosque other than Qutub Minar.