The Qutub Minar was constructed in the 11th century. It is built in the Indo-Islamic architectural design and in red sandstone. Qutub Minar monument is a UNESCO world heritage site. Qutub Minar is built by Qutubuddin Aibak, this monument and dedicated to the mystic Sufi saint Chisti. This tower was said to celebrate the victory of Muslim domination in India when the Mughals ruled the country. It is located in Old Delhi.
- Qutub Minar History
- Information About Qutub Minar Architecture
- Qutub Minar Facts
- Best Time To Visit Qutub Minar
- Qutub Minar Timings
- Qutub Minar Entry Fee/ Ticket
- Qutub Minar At Night
- Qutub Minar Light Show
- Qutub Minar Night Show Timing
- Qutub Minar Nearest Metro Station
- Qutub Minar Location
- Qutub Minar Photo Gallery
1. Qutub Minar History
Before Muslims invaded this land it was ruled by Rajput ruler Prithviraj Chauhan. Muhammad Ghori defeated him and started his rule at this place. After Muhammad Ghori, Qutubuddin Aibak ruled the dynasty and built this rubble minaret. It is the world’s largest minaret built in rubble masonry. You can take a Qutub Minar tour inside the Qutub complex and explore the about Qutub Minar history and architecture of the Muslim dynasty.
2. Information About Qutub Minar Architecture
The Qutub Complex that has the Qutub Minar was originally a Hindu site with many temples of Hindus and Jains. Islamic invaders destroyed these temples and the stone from the temples was used to build complexes and monuments. This is the reason you might find some Hindu inscriptions on the walls of Qutub Minar.
The Qutub Minar height is 240 feet high. It has six storeys and the first three storeys are built in red sandstone. The last three storeys are built in marble and sandstone. There are 379 steps in the circular staircase to reach the top of the minaret. You can get a panoramic view of the city at the top of the minaret.
On the bricks of the Qutub Minar, you will find inscriptions from the holy Quran. Every storey has a balcony and there are elaborate carvings on the walls of the Minar. Honeycomb is the type of architectural vaulting that is used to build the Minar. The Qutub Minar was built in various eras and has a blend of architectural style from various eras.
3. Qutub Minar Facts
- This is the tallest minaret in the world that is made in brick.
- It is surrounded by several historical complexes such as Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam, and many other tombs and gardens.
- Qutubuddin Aibak founded the Delhi Sultanate and was commissioned to build this minaret.
- Lightning has destroyed the top floor of the minaret which was rebuilt in white marble by Firoz Shah Tughlaq.
- In the year 1974, 45 people died inside the Minar in a stampede that led due to a failure of electricity inside the Minar. Since then there has been no public access inside the Minar.
- Qutub Minar in Arabic means ‘pole’ or ‘axis’.
- Qutub Minar hosts a light show every evening.
- The Qutub Minar festival is hosted every year in October/November that displays the cultural art forms.
- The Iron Pillar inside the complex is 2000 year old and has not been rusting since the time it was built.
- Quwwat-Ul-Islam inside the Qutub complex is the first mosque that was built in India.
- This structure is also called Leaning Tower of Qutub as the minaret is tilted.
4. Best Time To Visit Qutub Minar
Except for the summer season, all other seasons are the best time to visit Qutub Minar. Sometime in Delhi, summer touches the 50-degree Celsius. Better to avoid touring open sites of Delhi tourism.
5. Qutub Minar Timings
07:00hrs to 17:00hrs, all around the week
6. Qutub Minar Entry Fee/ Ticket
7. Qutub Minar At Night
The Qutub Minar closes at 5 pm. If you visit the Minar in the night you can see brilliant lighting. The Qutub Minar is brilliantly lit in the night and you can take a stroll inside. Facade lighting is used to illuminate the monument in the night.
8. Qutub Minar Light Show
The sound and light show organized at the Qutub Minar has a narrative script of the history and the incidents that happened during the Muslim invasion. This show attracts many tourists that love to watch the history and stories through the sound and light show.
9. Qutub Minar Night Show Timing
19:00hrs to 21:00hrs
10. Qutub Minar Nearest Metro Station
Name of the Qutub Minar nearest metro station is “Qutub Minar”. Which is 2.2 Km away from the Qutub Minar Monument.
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11. Qutub Minar Location
12. Qutub Minar Photo Gallery
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