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Qutb Minar and its Monuments

Mehrauli, Delhi, India
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    Saurav Chakraborty
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    4 Jun 27, 2014

    One of the UN heritage sites of Delhi..So very well mantained and the best part is it has a huge parking space. . Half Day trip to xplore entire Qutub Minar Complex & strongly recommended for a visit if your in Delhi...

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    Margot B
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    5 Jan 02, 2014

    One of Delhi's oldest historic sites, the Qutb Minar and its surrounding collection of monuments is well worth the trek down to South Delhi (especially now that it's easily accessed by metro). Here you'll find one of Delhi's iconic monuments, the Qutb itself, which at 72.5 meters high is the highest tower in the country. The monument site also houses a number of small shrines and mosques, many of which date back to the 12th century AD, as well as some lush--although not particularly fancy--stretches of garden.

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    Matthew Crompton
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    4 Dec 31, 2013

    The monument that, more than any other, announced the arrival of Islamic culture to North India, the 72.5 meter Qutb Minar pillar and its surrounding monuments (there are a bunch in the complex) are a highlight of Delhi's rich architectural and historical heritage. Built by the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, the red sandstone column is the highest in India, with exquisite stonecarving. Now accessible (finally!) via the Qutab Minar station on the yellow line of the Delhi Metro. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments
    Nikhil Chandra
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    5 Sep 07, 2013

    This is historically one of the most significant spot in Delhi. It is from here that Islam gained foothold in India and it is from here that the modern shape of India took place. I often visit Qutub Minar Complex and love the monuments it houses.

    I also love to explore the Mehrauli Archaeological Park adjacent to this complex which hoouses structures belonging to this period most notably the Balban's Tomb and Jamali Kamali.

    There is a entry fee to this World Heritage Site. Entrance tickets are available just opposite the entrance gate near parking lot. There's a safe deposit too where you could leave your heavy luggage.

    What I like about Qutum Minar Complex is the cleanliness and overall maintenance including the restrooms although I am baffled why chips and snacks (which come in plastic bags which some tourists then throw here in there inside the complex) are allowed inside.

    Digressions apart, the Qutb complex houses an array of structures starting from the time of first Sultan of Delhi Qutub ud Din Aibak to the times of British. Monuments of note inside Qutb complex include the Qutub Minar which is the highest such minaret in the World, Alai Minar which is my favorite, exquisitely carved tomb of Iltutmish, Alaudin Khilji's Tomb and madarsa, Tomb of Imam Jamin and the mighty Quwwat ul Ismal Mosque which translates to Might of Islam.
    I love the mighty pishtaq which although broken are testimony to the magnitude and grandness of this complex. The exquisite interior carvings inside the walls of the tomb complex and pillars was once part of 27 Jain temples which were destroyed and pillaged to construct the mosque.

    Actually the center of the complex is the Quwwat ul Islam Mosque around which other structures were built and the place extended by sultans of Delhi that followed Qutub ud Din. There's a mysterious Iron Pillar too in the middle of the mosque complex which has quite a few interesting legends associated with it.

    It is said that if you could grasp this iron pillar completely using both your hands standing backwards than whatever you wish for will come true. Eventually so many people tried to have their wish fulfilled that authorities needed to erect an iron gate enclosure to protect the pillar :-)

    Qutb Minar was built when Mohammad Ghauri defeated the Rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan in the Second Battle of Tarain. After the defeat Ghauri left for Afghanistan leaving his slave Qutub ud Din Aibak in charge of Delhi.

    Qutub started building fortification to stablize the recent conquest and consolidate the power and after Ghauri sudden death ascended the throne of Delhi to become the first Sultan of Delhi and that marked the establishment of Slave Dynasty.

    Entry fee to this monument is INR 10 for Indian Nationals and INR 250 for foreign visitors. You could reach this complex by road or by eponymous metro station.

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    Golden Triangle India
    5 Jan 23, 2013

    Qutb Minar in red and buff sandstone is the highest tower in India. Built in the 13th century, the magnificent tower stands in the capital, Delhi.Qutb Minar and its monuments is a group of religious and funerary buildings that display the architectural and artistic achievements of early Islamic India.

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  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments
    10YearItch
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Another must see in Delhi. It is relatively well maintained though they don't allow anyone to enter the Minar due to recent accidents.

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    Algosoft Technology
    4 Apr 10, 2013

    Not well maintained

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  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments
    Matthias Hagemann
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    4 Nov 16, 2012
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    5 Oct 19, 2012
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    4 Aug 02, 2012
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    Amit Kamat
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Qutb Minar Is a Nice View for delhi

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    Go Heritage India Journeys
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    http://www.india-delhihotels.com/- best guide for visit delhi , a heart city of india

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  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments
    Naushad Enathi
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Wonderfull

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    3 Jun 25, 2012
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    5 Jun 25, 2012
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    4 Jun 24, 2012
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    4 Feb 22, 2012
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    4 Jul 14, 2012
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At 72.5 meters high, this 5-story red sandstone pillar in southern Delhi was begun in the late 12th century by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, but only completed nearly 200 years later by his successor, Firuz Shah Tughluq. Important as the first major Islamic monument in Delhi, the surrounding complex also houses the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, the first mosque built by a Muslim ruler in Delhi. There's also a much smaller (7m) iron pillar erected during the Gupta Dynasty of the 4th century, though in light of its neighbor, it seems rather less than spectacular. For security reasons, the tower of the Qutb Minar itself cannot be entered.

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