Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutab Minar is also spelled as Qutab Minar is one of the minaret in Qutab complex and is a UNESCO Heritage World Site, and is a 73-metre tall with tapering of the tower of five storey. The Qutab-Ud-Din Aibak is thought to have been based on the Minaret of Jam, in Western Afghanistan. The tower style is patterned on Afghanistan’s Minaret and the local artistic conventions by incorporation of looped balls and garlands along with lotus borders into carving. The general public is allowed access to the area around Qutab Minar which has been converted into a park along with the Iron Pillar or Loh stambh but it is not open to climb by its stairs because of the few people dying while falling from its minarets in the past.

There is Caligraphy on the upper-base section and has the decorative Motifs on the upper levels along with view through arch.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has paid tribute to the “Qutab Minar” by putting it’s photographs on the travel card. The site served as the pit stop of the second leg of the second series of "The Amazing Race Australia" and has also featured in few Bollywood movies of the Black and White era.

The Qutub Minar is one of the tallest minars in India. Standing tall at over 72.5 metres, it is also believed to be the tallest sandstone brick tower in the world. The construction of the Qutub Minar took place in two parts. The foundation and the base was laid by Emperor Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1192 and the construction was completed by his son-in-law, Iltutmish in the following years. One will notice a difference in the styles of architecture of the two emperors.

The Qutub Minar stands in the ruins of Lal Kot, the capital of the last Hindu rulers in Delhi. The entire structure consists of engravings of verses from the Quran. It is believed that the tower was erected in order to have a tall enough tower to call people for prayers. It was also used as a watch tower. This was tallest building from 1198 to 1971.

In the Qutub Complex stands an iron pillar that is quite an interesting structure. Although it has been exposed to the outdoors for centuries, you will not see any traces of rust on this iron pillar. It also bears Sanskrit inscriptions which state that the pillar was built in honour of a King named Chandra. According to myths, anyone who can encircle the pillar with his hands, standing with the back against the pillar can expect any wish to come true!

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Nearest other tourist attractions: Qila Lal Kot, Sanjay Van Lake, Qila Rai Pithora Park, The Garden of Five Senses, Shree Adya Katyayani Shaktipeeth Mandir etc.

Weather Temperature:-

Months Temp. Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Average Low (℃) 7.6 10.1 15.3 21.6 25.9 27.8 26.8 26.3 24.7 19.6 13.2 8.5
Average High (℃) 21.0 23.5 29.2 36.0 39.2 38.8 34.7 33.6 34.2 33.0 28.3 22.9

Visit Information:-

UNESCO World Heritage Site: from 1993

Location: Mehrauli - Gurgaon Road.

Address: Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030.

Total Height: 72.5 Metres (237.8 Feet)

Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar

Open: Every Days

Visit Timings: 10.0 am to 5.30 pm

Entry Fee (Ticket Price):

Rs.35 (Indian)

Rs.600 (Foreigner)

Rs.50 (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives, Thailand, Myanmar & Afghanistan Citizen - SAARC & BIMSTEC)

Free: Child (Under 15 Years).

Online Ticket Booking: https://www.asi.nic.in

Distance From:-

IGI and palam Airport: 13.3 KM

New Delhi RLY Station: 16.0 KM

Old Delhi RLY Station: 20.0 KM

Nizamuddin RLY Station: 13.9 KM

Anand Vihar RLY Station: 26.0 KM