Qutub Minar Cover pic
Qutub Minar Cover pic

Hello guys!! I am Pooja SR & I am back with a new blog. Today I am going to share with you guys about our unplanned trip to the iconic monument Qutub Minar which spells the narrative of Delhi like no other. Qutub Minar is the most popular tourist destination in India, which is also called a ”victory tower” is the tallest brick Minaret in the world. In this article, I am excited to share all the information that we learned from a tourist guide, name Jawarharlal Sharma who has worked in Qutub Minar for almost 44 years. So if you want to understand the history and significance of Qutub Minar do read the blog till the end.

Qutub Minar History:

Qutub MInar
The tallest brick Minaret in the world, standing 72.5 meters.

The Qutb Minar, also spelled as Qutub Minar and Qutab Minar, is a minaret and “victory tower” that forms part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of New Delhi, India. The height of Qutb Minar is 72.5 meters, making it the tallest minaret in the world built of bricks. The tower tapers, and has a 14.3 metres (47 feet) base diameter, reducing to 2.7 metres (9 feet) at the top of the peak. It contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps but the passage is closed for tourist. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as the Qutb complex.

Vishnu and Jain temple
Qutub Minar was built on the ruins of 27 Hindu and Jain temples

This place is one thousand years old know as Lal Kot Fort, which is famous as the first red fort of Delhi. So basically the Qutub complex was built on the ruins of Lal fort and 27 Hindu, Vishnu and Jain temples. This temples were built by the Tomars and the Chauhans, who were amongst the last Hindu rulers of Delhi.

Many historians believe that the Qutb Minar was named after the first Slave King Qutb-ud-din Aibak, but others contend that it was named in honor of the Sufi Saint Qutb-ud-din Bakhtiyar Kaki, from the Middle East who came to live in India and was greatly venerated by Sultan Iltutmish.

Observe the designs carefully under the balcony of the First Floor of the Minar. The Qutub Minar represents an excellent example of Indo-Islamic architecture

Qutb Minar was an inspiration and prototype for many minarets and towers built. The Chand Minar and Mini Qutub Minar bear resemblance to the Qutb Minar and inspired from it.

Alai Darwaza

The Alai Darwaza is made up of a single hall whose interior part measures 34.5 feet and exterior part measures 56.5 feet. It is the first true dome built in India, as previous attempts to construct a true dome were not successful. The Arabic calligraphy on the walls of the Darwaza is my favorite. The arches are horseshoe-shaped, the first time such arches were used in India. In 1993, the Darwaza and the other monuments of the complex were designated a World Heritage Site.

Alai Darwaza
Alai darwaza
Alai Darwaza
Alai Darwaza
alai darwaza

Alai Minar: The Incomplete tower

The Alai Minar is an unfinished construction, which was started by Alauddin Khilji. He decided to build a tower that was double the height of Qutub Minar. But the construction was left incomplete after the death of Alauddin khilji. Today the Alai Minar, a massive red rubble structure stands at a height of 2.5 meters.

Alai Minar

The Iron Pillar of Delhi:

The iron pillar of Delhi is a structure 23 feet 8 inches high with 16 inches diameter that was constructed by Chandragupta II. Its bell pattern capital is 306 mm. It is estimated to weigh more than three tonnes (6,614 lb). The pillar has attracted the attention of archaeologists and materials scientists because of its high corrosion resistance and has been called a “testimony to the high level of skill achieved by the ancient Indian iron smiths in the extraction and processing of iron”.

 

The Iron Pillar of Delhi
The Iron Pillar of Delhi
The iron pillar
The iron pillar stands within the courtyard of QuWwat-ul-Islam Mosque

Accidents:

The Qutub Minar has several tragedies. The Minar had a terrible accident in 1981 after the staircase lightning failed. Almost 400 to 500 school kids stampeded towards the exist. And 45 people died at the narrow staircase of Minar.

Access to the top of the tower has been stopped since 2000 due to suicide attempts.

Location

Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

The easiest way to travel to Qutub Minar is by Delhi Metro.

You can also travel here by car or bus.

Qutub Minar is located close to  Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is less than a half hour’s drive. So if have a connecting flight via Delhi or if you get stucked due to delayed flights you must visit this place

Qutub Minar Entry Fees

Open all days from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

Entry fee {Indian}: ₹35 

Entry Fee {Foreigner}: ₹550

There is a ticket counter opposite to Qutub Minar, where you will have to scan the code and purchase the e-ticket. Please use paytym to book the ticket faster

Scan and Pay
Scan and Pay

We had got stuck in Delhi for two days as our flight got delayed for Srinagar. I was irritated and frustrated, but after exploring this place. I could say that I am glad I got to stay in Delhi for three days and enjoy this beautiful place. The fresh air, the beautiful sound of birds chirping, the blazing red marvel set against a lush green background & watching the squirrel climb on the walls of Qutub Minar made my day. This trip was a very wonderful experience & I look forward to walking such roads again.

Happy me!
Happy Me!! Be both passenger and driver of your life. Take the time to sit back and enjoy the view on your trip, but have enough initiative to direct the path you're on- Noor Shirazie

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog! I would love to know your views about this beautiful place in the comment section.

Also, do not forget to share the blog with your loved ones.

Stay Blessed!

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