"The Striking Alai-Darwaza Gate" Qutab Minar Tip by Donna_in_India
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The Alai-Darwaza Gate 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.
The magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate is considered one of the most treasured gems of Islamic architecture. The gate was built in 1311 by Alauddin Khilji. It is the main gateway to the Quwwatu'l-Islam Mosque. It is the first building that completely uses Islamic principles of arcuate construction and geometric ornamentation.
The most beautiful part is the gatehouse which has arches with carved jali screens set into it. The exquisite geometric and floral designs in red sandstone and white marble are striking.
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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