Qutub Minar Delhi is the tallest red sandstone tower in the world. Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the meharauli area of Delhi, India and visible from different parts of the city attracts thousands of visitors every day.
Qutub Minar Overview
The Qutub Minar is a towering 73 meter high tower built by Qutab-ud-Din Aibak around 1192. Tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings.
The Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments of the Qutab complex, including Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque was built at the same time as the Minar, and the much older Iron Pillar of Delhi
The tower was completed by Aibak's son-in-law and successor Shams-ud-din Iltutmish, regarded as the founder of the Delhi Sultanate, in 1220. The construction of the tower was later taken over by his successor Iltutmish who constructed three more stories.
In 1369, the monument faced a natural disaster, a lightning hit the minar’s topmost storey and was rebuilt by Firuz Sha Tughlaq, constructed two more storeys to the minaret made of marble and red sandstone.
In 1505, an earthquake damged Qutub Minar, Sikandar Lodi, reconstructed the top two storeys of the minaret with marbles. Again, a major earthquake caused serious damage on 1 September 1803, Major Robert Smith of the British Indian Army renovated the tower in 1828 and installed a pillared cupola over the fifth story, thus creating a sixth.
In 1848, as instructed by the then Governor General of India, Henry Hardinge, 1st Viscount Hardinge, the cupola was uninstalled from the tower and placed in the east of it where the cupola remains situated.
How to visit Qutub Minar
The monument complex located in Mehrauli, Delhi, India, remains open to visitors all day from sunrise to sunset. Entry fees per person for Indian citizens is 30 rupees and for foreigners is up to 500 rupees. Entry is free for children up to 15 years of age.
A masterpiece of the medieval age India, the Qutub Minar has over time remained one of the most popular tourist spots in Delhi, India and a recent collaboration with Archaeological survey of India has made it possible to have a “round” walkthrough of the tower.
Qutub Minar is one of the prominent places in Delhi. Unfortunately, it's no longer possible to climb up to the top of the Qutub Minar, but it is worth your effort. Your visit will be better if you hired a knowledgeable guide to explain the historical background and sequencing. Overall, Qutub Minar is still one of the best historical place to visit in Delhi.
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