About Qutub Minar
The highest stone tower in Delhi India, the Qutub Minar was built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the Viceroy of Mohammed Ghori in 1192. It was built to celebrate Ghori’s victory over the Rajputs. Within the complex, is the famous Iron Pillar which has stood for millennia without rusting, Quwwat-ul-Islam, the first mosque built in India, and the Alai Darwaza, the gateway to the complex erected by Alauddin Khilji.
The entry to the Minar has been closed, after the tower became infamous for the several suicides that were committed here. Qutb Minar is a successful tribute to architecture, as it captures one’s attention by its sheer mass appeal. The Minar is a five-storey building with a height of 72.5 metres. The first storey of the Qutb Minar was completed in the lifetime of Qutb-ud-din. His son-in-law and successor, Iltumush, added the next three storeys.
Even on close encounter, the attention lingers, owing to the delicate and almost ethereal carvings. Within the complex, is the famous Iron Pillar which has stood the test of time without rusting. Quwwat-ul-Islam,was the first mosque built in India, and the Alai Darwaza, the gateway to the complex was erected by Alauddin Khilji. The minar is not that erect as it used to be because of wears and tears over the past several years.
Closely looking at the mina rives you an idea that it is somewhat tilled towards one side. The minar is very sincerely looked after by the authorities much like the same as other historic monuments in the country. Qutb Minar is a successful tribute to architecture, as it captures one’s attention, owing to the delicate and almost ethereal carvings.
Qutab Minar, the 239ft sandstone tower is an Indo-Islamic architectural wonder of ancient India. This magnificent tower of victory stands in the Qutab Complex located at Aurabindo Marg, near Mehrauli, 14 Km south of Connaught place in Delhi. Qutab Minar with a height of 72.5m (239ft), is the highest stone tower in India and has a diametre of 14.32 metres at the base and about 2.75 metres at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone and are heavily indented with different styles of fluting, alternately round and angular on the bottom floor, round on the second and angular on the third. The fourth and fifth floors are made of marble and sandstone.
Situated in the courtyard of the Quwwatu’l-Islam, the famous Iron Pillar belongs to 4th century. It is enclosed in the Qutub Minar complex of New Delhi. The Sanskrit inscription in Gupta script and the peculiar style of its ‘Amalaka’ capital confirms the date.
Qutub Minar Legends
There a number of legends related to the Qutub Minar of New Delhi. Some people believe that the monument was actually built by Prithviraj Chauhan, so that his daughter could behold the sacred river Yamuna from its top as part of her daily worship.
Qutub Minar Blues
According to the inscriptions on Qutub Minar Delhi, it was twice struck by the lightning and was damaged. The first incidence occurred in 1326, during the reign of Muhammed Tughluq.
The mosque known as Quwwatu’l-Islam Masjid is located adjacent to Qutub Minar in Delhi. It is believed to have been built using the carved stone slabs and materials of the remains of Hindu Temples. Delicate brocade designs and Islamic inscription adorn this structure.
Tomb of Iltutmish
Built by Shamsu’d-Din Iltutmish himself in 1235, the tomb of Iltutmish lies to the northwest of the Quwwatu’l Islam Mosque of New Delhi. Though, there was a gap of only five years between the constructions of Sultan Ghauri’s tomb and this tomb.
General Fact about Qutub Minar
- Location:Qutub Minar Complex, Mehrauli, 16 Kms from Connaught Place.
- Named After : Qutab-ud-din Aibak
- Time to Visit: Open on all days, from sunrise to sunset
- Preferred Timings: Summer timing : Hindi – 7 pm to 8 pm, English – 8 pm to 9 pm , Winter timing : Hindi – 6 pm to 7 pm, English – 7 pm to 8 pm
- Day Closed: Open All Days
- Admission Fee: Entry tickets to the fort cost Rs 10 per person (for Indian nationals) and Rs 150 per person (for foreign nationals). Entry to the fort is free on Fridays.
- Photography Charges:INR 25
- Nearest Railway Station:Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station
- Nearest Metro Station:Qutb Minar
- Nearest International Airport:Indira Gandhi Intenational Airport
- Parking: Free Parking
- Time required for sightseeing:Approximately 1 hour
- Famous As :Highest brick tower in the world
- Built By :Qutb-ud-din Aibak
- Height :72.5 metres
- Listed In : World Heritage Site
Some of the events which takes place at the Qutub Minar everyday are :
1) The Light Show Event : Costing INR 20 for Indian Citizens / INR 250 for foreigners/ Timings: 7.00 pm- 9.30 pm
2) Views from the top of the Qutub Minar tower shown through a camera: INR 10 through the day.
Famous Places To Eat
Some of the Famous Places to eat close to Qutub Minar complex includes Thai Wok at the Ambavata Complex, Osaka at Aurobindo Marg, Red Snapper at Aurobindo Marg and a number of roadside food stalls for the adventurous street food eater.
The Ambavata Shopping Complex in Mehrauli, has fashionable Indian designer stores and boutiques. Hauz Khas Village, a short distance away, has boutiques and exclusive stores of leading Indian designers and Select City Walk Mall in Saket are the famous shopping venues that comes into the mind of tourists who are visiting Qutub Minar.