Built in 1192, Mehrauli, stands this 73m tall minaret, keeping an eye on the entire city. Qutub Minar (also known as, Qutab/Qutb minar) is one of the tallest monument in contemporary India and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Qutab Minar dates back further than the other Mughal structures such as Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort. The Minar ranges from an approximate of 15m at the bottom to a mere 2.5 at its peak. It has five storeys with five different architectural designs and projecting balconies. The first three stories are a product of red sandstone; the 4th and 5th of marble and sandstone. Qutbu l-Din Aibak, the first Mughal ruler of India, was the one to commission the minaret and the construction was further completed by his successor, Iltutmish. However, claims have been made of its construction way before the Hindu Empire.
The soaring monument marks the victory of Qutbu l-Din Aibak against the last Hindu emperor and the dawn of the Muslim rule in India. It is also believed that at one time the minaret solved the purpose of issuing of the ajhan – call to pray.
Entry to the Qutub Minar is closed to public since 1981, while Qutub archaeological area remains open for public. The premises also have 7m tall Ashoka Iron Pillar. It is said that if one can encircle it with their hands, with their back facing the pillar, their wish will be fulfilled.
In the past, the monument has been subjected to earthquakes and lightening, yet it still stands tall, all mighty and glorious. It is a wonderful work of Mughal architecture and a touristy place. It is located 2.2 km away from the nearest metro station and harbours a green and peaceful environment. If you’re in Delhi make sure this is in your list.
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Rs. 30 (Indians), Rs. 500 (foreigners)
Hindi, Panjabi, English
7AM – 5PM
1 - 3 Hours