The masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and the world heritage site, majestic
Qutb Minar is the tallest minaret measuring 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75
m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular
and rounded flutings. Commenced by Qutb-ud-din Aybak, the first Muslim ruler
of Delhi in 1193, the minaret was completed by Iltutmish and Firuz Shah
Tughluq in 1368. It is made of red sandstones with intricate carvings and
calligraphy from the Qur'an. The Qutb Minar complex was built on the ruins
of Lal Kot, the capital of the Jat Tomars and the Chauhans, the last Hindu
rulers of Delhi.
Quick Facts Built in : 1193 (started) Built by : Qutub-ud-din Aibak Location : Mehrauli South Delhi Significance : Highest stone tower in India Best Time to visit : October to March Timings : Sunrise to Sunset Climate : 25 oC - 45 oC (Summer) 7 oC - 21 oC (Winter) Best time to visit : October to May
within the Qutub Minar
Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque-the might of Islam-was built by Qutbu'd-Din
Aybak-founder of slave dynasty in India. The mosque has also the carved
images of Hindu deities and Gods in the pillars. Its further expansion took
place by Iltutmish. It is a nice specimen of Islamic architectural
The Alai Minar
The Alai Minar in north of Kutub-Minar is another ironical attraction. Ala
ud din Khilji started constructing it with an intention to make it two times
higher than Qutub Minar. It could not complete due to Khalji death.
The Ala-I-Darwaza is a beautiful gateway. It was built by Ala ud din
Khilji, the first Khilji sultan of Delhi. It is marvelously decorated with
inlaid marble, latticed stone and stands as high example of craftsmanship of
the Turkish artisans.
The Tomb of IItutmish
Emperor IItutmish has built his grave one year before his death (AD
1211-36). It is a plain square chamber of red sandstone, intricately carved
with inscriptions, with geometrical and arabesque patterns on the entrances
of the tomb and in the whole of interior. It also has some reminiscent of
This Iron pillar belongs to 4th century A.D and bears an inscription which
confirms that it was erected as a flagstaff in glory of the Hindu god,
Vishnu, and in the memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta II (375-413). It is
stood since 1,600 years without rusting or decomposing.
Some Other Attraction Near
the Qutub Minar Khirki Masjid
Khirki Masjid is located 2 kilometers northeast of Qutab Minar. The mosque
offers distinctive decoration of jalis (window opening). It was by
Khan-I-Jahan, the prime minister of Feroz Shah Tughlaq.
Located in Edwin Lutyens's New Delhi, the India Gate is one of landmarks of
Delhi. Built to pay homage to martyred Indian soldiers in world war I and
Afghan war, the gate is a 42 m high structure . It has lush gardens all
around the gate with other official monument.
Located near the Nizamuddin shrine, Humayun's Tomb is one of the great
attractions in Delhi. Listed as world heritage site, Humayun's Tomb based
tomb of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor in the center and several other
monuments and gardens.