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- Qutb Minar and its MonumentsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jan 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.
- Qutb Minar and its MonumentsMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFirst to ReviewDec 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.
- Qutb Minar and its MonumentsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Sep 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.
- Qutb Minar and its MonumentsJan 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.