"India's Tallest Tower: Qutb Minar" Qutab Minar Tip by Donna_in_India
Qutab Minar, Delhi: 94 reviews and 282 photos
The Qutb Minar (Qutb Group of Monuments) is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, which along with other monuments, tombs, and mosques make up the Qutb Minar Complex, all of which are located in Mehrauli Archaeological Park.
At five storeys and just over 72m high, the Qutb Minar is India's highest single tower. It has a diameter of 14.4m at its base and tapers to 2.7m in diameter at the top. The fluted red and buff sandstone tower is covered with intricate carvings and inscribed verses from the Koran.
Work was begun around 1200. It was considered Qutb-ud-din-Aibak's victory tower signifying the advent of Muslim dominance of Delhi - and much of India. Different sources credit Qutb-ud-din-Aibak with being responsible for either 1 or 3 of the 5 storeys. Either 3 or 1 were/was built by his son-in-law and successor, Iltutmish.
The tower was damaged by lightning twice; the first time in 1326 and the second time in 1368. It was during repairs the second time that Firoz Shah Tughlug added the fifth storey. He also added marble to face the sandstone. Using contrasting colors decoratively in this way would later become a feature of Mughal buildings.
Today the tower/complex is one of Delhi's most famous landmarks with millions of visitors each year. The Minar has wonderful colors and beautiful carvings. I really loved exploring the complex. Allow a couple of hours to wander the complex.
Open: Sunrise to Sunset
Admission: Indians Rs 10, Foreigners Rs 250, Children 15 and under free
Video Filming Fee: Rs 25 (Non-commercial)
Address: Mehrauli, Delhi-Gurgaon Rd.
Directions: Off Aurobindo Marg. Public transportation: Bus #505, Metro Station - either Qutab Minar or Saket (which is actually closer)
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