This iconic ‘Qutub Minar‘, as old as the history of the Delhi Sultanate, is the world’s tallest tower made of bricks, which dominates the city’s skyline. Located in Mehrauli area of Delhi, Qutub Minar was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak. Qutub-ud-din was the founder of the Mamluk dynasty (1206-1290) in India. This five-story tower, 73 feet high, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most magnificent buildings in medieval India. The most popular of these is the ‘Iron Pillar’, also known as Ashoka Pillar, and remains of the fourth century. It is about 24 feet high and weighs more than six tons. It is said that it never feels rusty.
Tourists can also visit Mehrauli Archaeological Park, which houses the tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Balban, once the ruler of the Delhi Sultanate. The Qutub complex houses the Jamali Kamali Mosque, and also the tomb of a Sufi saint. The three-day ‘Qutub Mahotsav’ is held here in the months of November and December, with classical dance and music taking place attracting huge crowds towards the campus.
The construction of Qutub Minar was started in the year 1193 by Qutubuddin Aibak, the first ruler of Delhi Sultanate, but only got the basis of it. Its ground floor was built on the ruins of the Red Coat Fort of Dhilka. Later his successor Iltutmish built three floors in it. The highest floor of the tower was damaged by lightning in the year 1369 and was rebuilt by Feroz Shah Tughlaq, who added another storey. In 1505, an earthquake damaged the Qutub Minar and was repaired by Alexander Lodi. Robert Smith, the head of the British Indian Army, renovated the tower in 1828 and installed a pillared cupola. In the year 1848, the cupola was taken down under the instructions of the Governor General of India, The Viscount Harding. This tower is a great example of Mughal architecture.
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1). Quranic verses are written on this building made of red and light yellow stone.
2). Originally, Qutub Minar was of seven floors but now it has remained of five floors.
3). There are many more buildings in Qutub Minar complex. India’s first Qawwat-ul-Islam-mosque, Alai Darwaza and Iltutmish’s tomb are also built here.
4). There is also a fourth century iron pillar near the mosque which attracts a lot of tourists.
5). Five floors of this building, three floors are made of red stone and two floors are made of marble and red stone. Having a balcony in front of each floor appears well.
6). According to the Devanagari language inscription in the tower, this tower was damaged in 1326 and it was repaired by Muhammad bin Tughlaq.
7). In the memory of the person who built the Qutub Minar Complex, a sun watch has also been installed there.
8). The Alai Minar situated in the Qutub Minar complex is taller, bigger and bigger than the Qutub Minar. Ala-ud-din Khilji died in 1316 AD and since then the work of Alai Minar has been stopped.
9). The tomb of Imam Zamin in the Qutub Minar complex was built by another Mughal ruler Humayun in 1538 AD, and it is the newest heritage in the Qutub Minar complex.
10). Going to the top floor of the Qutub Minar is not an aloe. We can only go to the sixth floor.There is also a secret under Iltumish’s tomb, which was built in 1235 AD and is the real Iltumish tomb. This mystery was discovered in 1914.
11). There is also a secret under Iltumish’s tomb, which was built in 1235 AD and is the real Iltumish tomb. This mystery was discovered in 1914.
12). In 1368, Ferozeshah Tughlaq removed its upper storey and added two floors to it. Near it are the mausoleums of Adham Khan, son of Sultan Iltutmish, Alauddin Khilji, Balban and Akbar’s foster mother.
Entry ticket of Qutub Minar
Entry tickets for India tourist is only 30rs and for foriegn tourists 500rs.
The nearest metro station of Qutub Minar is Qutub Minar, which is connected to the Huda City Center in Gurgaon from Samaypur Badli, Delhi via Yellow Line. Tourists can take DTC bus numbers 539 and 715 from the other side of the road by reaching the Qutub Minar metro station. Apart from this, the buses which go towards Mehrauli all pass through the Qutub Minar. Qutub Minar can also be reached via auto.