"First Surviving Tomb" Qutab Minar Tip by Donna_in_India
Qutab Minar, Delhi: 94 reviews and 282 photos
The Tomb of Iltumish is part of the Qutb Group of Monuments, 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.
Built in 1235 the ornate tomb lies in the northwest of the complex, midway along the wall of the Quwwatu'l-Islam Mosque. The tomb sits on a raised platform in the center of a square chamber of red sandstone. It is the first surviving tomb of a Muslim ruler in India.
Hindus, who had been practicing cremation since 400BC found the idea of a tomb quite alien. Blending both Muslim and Hindu styles, the exterior - with 3 arched and decorated doorways - is very plain. Inside is a marble mihrab (prayer niche) and beautiful Islamic carvings cover the lower part of the interior.
Allow a couple of hours to explore the Qutb 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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