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Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar

Qutb Minar

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Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
+91 11 2469 8431
http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/delhitourism/tourist_place/qutab_minar.jsp
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At 72.5 meters high, this 5-story red sandstone pillar in southern Delhi was begun in the late 12th century by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, but only completed nearly 200 years ... Read more
later by his successor, Firuz Shah Tughluq. Important as the first major Islamic monument in Delhi, the surrounding complex also houses the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, the first mosque built by a Muslim ruler in Delhi. There's also a much smaller (7m) iron pillar erected during the Gupta Dynasty of the 4th century, though in light of its neighbor, it seems rather less than spectacular. For security reasons, the tower of the Qutb Minar itself cannot be entered.

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Kolkata (Calcutta)

Though the grandeur of Qutub minar is enchanting but none should miss the other brilliantly carved and adorned monuments in the complex.

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Noida

Historical place....... Must see

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Cagliari

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, with its 73 metres, it is the tallest brick minaret in the world and second highest minar in India. Not only the minar is a good place to visit: as it is surrounded by several other places of interest, it is a great area to explore for a few hours. At the moment, it is not possible to access to the top of the minar through a narrow staircase due to an accident that happened in the 1970s. Worth a visit.

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Thimphu

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. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. An inscription over its eastern gate provocatively informs that it was built with material obtained from demolishing '27 Hindu temples'. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.

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Local from New Delhi

composed of destroyed temples and churches, this moorish monument was a symbol of oppression and slavery.

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Jaipur

It is really a very much lovely and must to visit place in Delhi. It is lovely and will leave several beautiful memories to you.

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Local from New Delhi

One of the UN heritage sites of Delhi..So very well mantained and the best part is it has a huge parking space. . Half Day trip to xplore entire Qutub Minar Complex & strongly recommended for a visit if your in Delhi...

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Portland

One of Delhi's oldest historic sites, the Qutb Minar and its surrounding collection of monuments is well worth the trek down to South Delhi (especially now that it's easily accessed by metro). Here you'll find one of Delhi's iconic monuments, the Qutb itself, which at 72.5 meters high is the highest tower in the country. The monument site also houses a number of small shrines and mosques, many of which date back to the 12th century AD, as well as some lush--although not particularly fancy--stretches of garden.

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Sydney
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The monument that, more than any other, announced the arrival of Islamic culture to North India, the 72.5 meter Qutb Minar pillar and its surrounding monuments (there are a bunch in the complex) are a highlight of Delhi's rich architectural and historical heritage. Built by the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, the red sandstone column is the highest in India, with exquisite stonecarving. Now accessible (finally!) via the Qutab Minar station on the yellow line of the Delhi Metro. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Cambridge

Cool place to visit in Delhi; there is an entrance fee, but it's a fun photo op once you're inside.

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Local from New Delhi

Of all the historical places in Delhi, Qutub Minar holds a very special place. It was from here that the Muslim rule in India spread. What many people don’t know is that the most important part of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque around which the later structures were developed during the reign of various Sultans.
As a history buff, photographer and my personal interest in heritage and architecture, I am often drawn to this historical site. Earlier this place used to be known as Lal Kot of which only walls remain to this date in South Delhi area. Lal Kot was the fort of Prithviraj Chauhan, the last of the prominent Hindu emperor to rule in Delhi.
After meeting with defeat in the First Battle of Tarain by the hands of Prithviraj, Muhammed of Ghor or Ghori (as he is better known) gathered his forces and attacked again. In the Second Battle of Tarain, Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated, captured and later killed thus effectively ending Hindu empire in India. The Muslim rulers were to held sway in India for next 700 years before the British arrived.

After gaining control of Delhi, construction of Quwwat-ul-Islam, first mosque of Delhi began under the supervision of Qutub-din-Aibak, a slave of Ghori who was left in charge. After the death of Ghori in Afganistan, Qutub-din-Aibak declared himself sultan thus heralding the Mamluk or Slave Dynasty in India.

Quwwal ul Islam was the first mosque built in India. It is believed that 27 Hindu and Jain temple were destroyed and their materials used to construct Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (the name literally translates to Might of Islam). Alai Darwaza functions as the southern entrance to the enclosure of Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. The exquisitely carved Alai Darwaza was constructed during Alaudin Khilji's reign is made of red sandstone.

It is believed that the Qutub Minar was built as a sentry post/watch tower or some say as a tower for calling people to prayer. The existing top 2 floors of Qutub Minar which is World’s highest brick minaret were replaced during Tughlaq’s reign when they were damaged by lightning.

The entire complex was built upon and extended by several rulers and most substantially by Alaudin Khilji. In the North-West corner of the complex, tomb of Iltutmish made up of white marble with ornate carvings is an remarkable sight. Other structures of note inside the Qutub Minar Complex include Tomb of Imam Zamin, Alai Darwaza, Madarsa and Tomb of Alaudin and the unfinished Alai Minar. Alai Minar also happens to be one of my favorite. Commissioned by Alaudin Khilji, Alai Minar was supposed to be twice in size of Qutub Minar.

There's an Iron Pillar with Bramhi inscription too in the middle of the prayer courtyard which dates back to the Gupta Period and reign of Vikramaditya before the beginning of this millennia which was brought here during the reign of Firuz Shah Tughlaq. One of the interesting story associated with iron pillar is that if one could hold the iron pillar in their embrace with fingers touching while standing with back against the pillar then whatever they wish for will comes true.

As for the practical information, there are wash rooms for ladies and gentlemen inside the complex. You could also rent audio guide if you want to know the story of each of the structure inside the complex. One of the best days to visit this complex is on Mondays as only a few visitor come to this place.

Ticket price is Rs. 10 for entrance in Complex and cloak room/locker facility for luggage and parking is available. Foreigners need to pay INR250 as the entrance fee. A visit to Qutub Minar Complex could be clubbed with a trip to Mehrauli Archaeological Park nearby. The site has over 70 monuments which include Rajon ki Baoli, Jamali Kamali Mosque & Tomb and Balban's Tomb along with several of Metcalfe's Follies and Dilkusha (Tomb of Quli Khan).

Qutub Minar Complex also opens for one hour in after/at 7:00 PM for wherein you could behold it's beauty when structures are painted in beautuful light against the backdrop of night sky.

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Local from New Delhi

Qutb Minar in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India. Built in the 13th century, the magnificent tower stands in the capital, Delhi.Qutb Minar and its monuments is a group of religious and funerary buildings that display the architectural and artistic achievements of early Islamic India.

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Local from New Delhi

http://www.india-delhihotels.com/- best guide for visit delhi , a heart city of india

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Miravet

Standing 73 metres high with sweeping views over the surrounding area. The building's roots go back to the 12th Century. UNESCO monument.

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Santa Clara

Another must see in Delhi. It is relatively well maintained though they don't allow anyone to enter the Minar due to recent accidents.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore)

For people who like to know and enjoy history , this is a place for them.

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Local from New Delhi

For Architecture lovers

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Brasil, São Paulo

Amazing. You definitely will feel like in Asia .

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Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoying sunset in the peaceful late afternoon with my babe

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Noida , India

Not well maintained

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