Qutub Minar is the tallest Minar in India. Other names of this minar are Qutab Minar and Qutb Minar. It is located in Delhi, India. This Minar is surrounded by several medieval structures and ruins and other ancient ruins. Construction of this minar started by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1192. Height of this tower is 14.3 meters. Marble and Red Sandstone are used in the construction of this minar. From the construction of this minar Muslim era started in India. This structure is the best example for Indo Islamic architecture. Delhi tourism organises Qutub festival every year between October to November.
What to see in Qutub Minar:
Alai Minar: This minar was built with the order of Ala-ud-din Khilji. Height of this minar is 24.5meters. According to the actual plan this height should be double to the height of Qutub Minar. But this has not happened due it the death of Ala-ud-din Khilji.
Tombs: Tomb of Ala-ud-din Khilji, Imam Muhammad Ali, Iltutmish who belongs to slave dynasty.
Iron Pillar: Earlier this was infront of Udayagiri Vishnu Temple complex. But in 10th century this was shifted to this place by Anangpal. This pillar was erected between 375 AD to 414 AD. Height of this pillar is 7.21meters and weight of this pillar is 6 tonnes.
Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque: In 1193 AD this was built by Qutb-ud-din-Aibak, founder of Slave dynasty. It is one of the oldest mosques in India. On the eastern gateway of this mosque, Persian inscriptions can be seen.
Alai Darwaza: From the southern side of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque this is the main gateway. White stone and red sandstones are used in the construction of this Darwaza. In India this is the first structure in Islamic Style which was built in 1311 AD.
What to see around Qutub Minar:
India Gate: It was constructed by Edwin Lutyens in the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in First World War. It is located 11Kms away from Minar.
Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the first seeing but it is just an observatory. This place is 13kms away from Minar.
Rashtrapati Bhawan: Earlier this was used as Viceregal Lodge. In this palace there are 340 rooms. Expenditure for the construction of this palace is 12, 53,000 pound sterling’s. It is located 10Kms away from Minar.
Red Fort: On the Independence Day Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from this fort. In the history this place is having prominent place i.e. At the end of first war of independence Bhadur Shah Zafar was arrested at this place. This place is 17Kms away from Minar.
Getting to Qutub Minar: Qutub Minar is located in Delhi. Delhi is well connected by connected with Road ways, Railways and Airways. Both Government and private buses are available to reach this place. Delhi is connected with best railways and airways. There are 3 main bus stands in Delhi. They are Anand Vihar Bus terminus, Sarai Kale Khan Bus Terminus and Interstate Bus Terminus. In Delhi, Indira Gandhi International airport is situated which connects all Major Indian and international cities. Nearest railway station is located at Delhi Railway station.
Getting around Qutub Minar: Minar can be explored on foot. Areas surrounding Qutub Minar can be visited by using taxis, cars and autos.
Best time to visit Qutub Minar: Throughout the year people can visit this place.
Where to stay in Qutub Minar: Inside the Minar complex no accommodation is available. In Delhi several hotels are available to stay.
Where to eat in Qutub Minar: Visitors has to carry food and water. Food is not available inside the minar complex.