Qutub Minar (New Delhi)

Qutub Minar a UNESCO world heritage, the most visited Monument after Taj Mahal, as per the tourism.gov.in !
It’s a must visit place when in Delhi

There are so many places to visit in Delhi, but what makes Qutub Minar so special.

HOHO Delhi  presents to you all the important details that you need to know before your visit to this phenomenal monument.

You will learn it’s location, how to reach, tour options, timings, best time to visit, average visit duration, entry fee, history, architecture, interesting facts , images and video gallery.

Read till the end for some bonus tips that will help make your visit more awesome.

So let’s start without any further ado!

Did you know: Qutub Minar is a 73 meter height brick minaret and its a world record!

Location

Qutub Minar is located in Mehrauli is the south west district of Delhi.

Address:

Mehrauli, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

Latitude: 28.524427

Longtitude: 77.185455

Source: Google Map

What is to See

Qutub-Minar

Qutub-Minar

 

Alai-Darwaza-built-by-Alauddin-Khalji

Alai-Darwaza-built-by-Alauddin-Khalji

 

Tomb-of-Imam-Zamin

Tomb-of-Imam-Zamin

 

Tomb-of-Iltutmish

Tomb-of-Iltutmish

 

Iron-Pillar

Iron-Pillar

 

Intricate-stone-carvings

Intricate-stone-carvings

 

Alai-Minar-of-Khalji

Alai-Minar-of-Khalji

 

 

How to Reach

Qutub Minar has been the part of the Hop On Hop Off Bus (HOHO Bus) Circuit as one of the Attractions.

Tourists can visit Qutub Minar & 24 + Attractions in one go with HOHO Bus!

Board the buses from:

HOHO Infomation Centre,

Baba Kharak Singh Marg,

Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001 

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The Tour

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Tour Timings 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.

Start time: 7:30 am, 8:15 am, 9:00 am, 9:45 am, 10:30 am, 11:15 am. See More Timings

Pick Up Point: HOHO Centre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg,

Opp. Connaught place police station, Near Connaught Place.Google Map: Location

 

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Timings

Sunrise to Sunset

All days open.

Best Time to Visit

The Best Months of the Year :  October to March

The Best Day of the Week: All Days, if you have a choice prefer going on weekdays as its generally crowded on weekends

The Best time of the Day : Morning or Evening, as in the morning there is less to negligible crowd, you get more photographic opportunities. The temperature is just perfect for sightseeing.

Evening are great as well. You can enjoy the light and sound show in the evening.

Average Visit Duration

One Hour is the minimum time you need to explore the Qutub Minar & it’s complex.

Entry Fee

Indian/SAARC/BIMSTED Rs 35
International Rs 550
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History

There is a lots of history behind Qutab Minar. It marks the Medieval period in India.

Qutub Minar is a towering 73 meter high tower built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. The first three storeys of the Qutub Minar are made of red sandstone and the last two are made of marble and sandstone.

The construction of the Qutub Minar was started by Qitub-ud-Din Aibak, but he only constructed the basement. The construction of the tower was later taken over by his successor Iltutmish who constructed three more stories. The last two storeys were completed Firoz Shah Tuglak. The different architectural styles from the time of Aibak to Tuglak are clearly visible in the Qutub Minar.

Apart from the tower, the Qutub Minar complex comprises of the the first mosque built in India Quwwat-us-Islam , the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala’i-Darwaza and the Ala’I Minar. Alai Minar construction was started by Alaudin Khilji, who probably wanted it to be bigger and taller than the Qutub Minar. The construction was halted when he died and not taken up again. Another popular attraction is the  Iron Pillar, a marvel of architecture, for the way it has resisted corrosion through the last 1,600 years.

 

Architecture

Architectures-of-Qutb-Complex

Architectures-of-Qutb-Complex

 
The Qutub Minar is 73 meter tall brick minaret of 5 stories with 14.3 meter base diameter reach 2.7 meter at the peak.
 
It contains a spiral stair case with 379 steps.
 
The Qutubuddin Aibak the founder of the Delhi Sultanate started construction of the Qutab Minar first story in 1190, it’s based on Islamic Architecture
 
In 1220 Aibak’s successor and son in law Illtudmish completed further three stories.
 
In 1369 lightning struck the top story and thus destroying it.
 
Firozshah Tuglaq replaced the damaged story and added one more.
 
The structure displays a marked variation in its architecture styles from Tughlaq to Aibak dynasty.
 
The inside has intricate carvings of the verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam.
 
The Alai-Darwaza is the main gate way from the southern side of the Quwat Islam Mosque. It was built by the second Khilji Sultan of Delhi Allaudin Khilji.
 
The domed gateway is decorated with red sand stones, inlay-ed white marble decoration. This is the first building in India to employ Islamic architecture’s principles, construction and ornamentation.
 
This makes the Alaidarwaza the earliest example of the Islamic styled arches and domes in India.
 
Quwat Islam mosque is the first Islam mosque built in Delhi after the Islamic conquest of India.
 
According to a Persian inscription still on the eastern gateway the mosque was built by the parts taken after the destruction of the 27 Hindu & Jain temples build during the Prithviraj Chauhan’s era.
 
The mosque is raised and taped courtyard surrounded by pillared clusters.
 
In the courtyard of the mosque stands the Iron Pillar, it is 7.21 metres high and weighs more than 6 tonnes was originally erected by the Chandragupta-2. in front of the Vishnu temple complex at Udaigiris.
 
It was later shifted to present location. The pillar bears an inscription in Sanskrit dating 4th century AD that indicates that the pillar was set up under the Vishnu Dhwaj.
 
Other than these, the complex houses other monuments including the tomb of Illtudmish, Allaudin Khilji tomb, Madarsa and the Illai Minar.
 
Allaudin Khilji started building the Illai Minar almost double the diameter of the Qutab Minar, the construction was however abandoned just after the completion of the 24.5 metres high first story.
 
Soon after the death of the Allaudin in 1360, it’s construction was not taken up by it’s successors.
 
 
 

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