Qutub Minar

During our Delhi visit we visited Qutub Minar one of monuments of India which is maintained by Archeological department.

Delhi’s Most Towering Attraction! … One of the top things to do in Delhi is visit Qutub Minar

Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top.

It is considered to be the Tower of Victory, built by Qutubuddin Aibak in the 12th century to mark the end of rule by the last Hindu Kingdom.

The entry fee of Qutub Minar is Rs. 30 per person for Indian residents, while for the foreign tourists, the ticket charges are Rs. 500 per person

There is a mosque called Quwwat-Ul-Islam, built in the same compound as the minaret. Though in ruins, it is noted to be the first mosque built in India.

There are 379 stairs inside the minaret to reach the top, now it has been stopped .

It is also the first Indian monument to have an E-ticket facility. The entry fee to look at this magnificent minaret is Rs 30.

This minaret is definitely one of India’s assets, not only has it survived damages from an earthquake from the 16th century, but it has also survived being struck by lightning twice in the 14th century .

In the 19th century, there was a sixth storey to be added to the minar, a cupola, which was brought down since it didn’t look appealing. You can visit the cupola.

Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible to climb up to the top of the Qutub Minar. The monument was closed after a lighting failure resulted in a stampede, killing nearly 50 people, in 1981.

There is a 2,000 years old iron pillar in the complex that hasn’t rusted in over two centuries.

There are more than half a dozen other minor monuments in the Qutub Minar Complex, that include mosques, tombs and pillars.

In the 14th century, Alauddin Khilji commissioned another, taller, and more beautiful minaret. However, the construction stopped soon after his death. What remains today resembles a stub of the intended minaret. Looks like the Qutub Minar was meant to be what it is today!

Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

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