Qutub Minar

The majestic Qutab Minar (also pronounced as Qutub Minar and Qutb Minar) is situated in Mehrauli, 13 km south of Connaught Place in New Delhi, on the ruins of Lal Kot, the first city of Delhi. The 72.5 m high Qutab Minar has a base diameter of 14.4 m that tapers to 2.5 m on the top of its fifth floor. There are 379 steps in the stone minaret that are meant to reach to its top. Its construction was commenced by Qutb-ud-din-Aibak in 1192 which was further continued and then finally completed by his successor Iltutmish. Qutab complex houses Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, built in 1198, which is the first mosque to be built in India. The mosque is supposed built using the material of 27 Hindu temples that existed here that destroyed by Qutb-ud-diin's army.

A 4th century 7 m high Iron Pillar of Gupta period stands within the Qutab complex. The iron pillar is almost completely rust-free even after 1600 years of its erection, fiercely facing the onslaught of the extreme weather conditions of incessant rains, humidity, fog and storms, making us wonder at the craftsmanship and intellect of the metallurgists of the time. Popular belief is that a person standing with his back to the pillar and successfully encircling it with his both hands would have his wish granted. 18 m high Alai Darwaza built in 1311 by Ala-ud-din Khilji is a sandstone gateway which is decorated with intricate lattice screens. It has inlay marble work, beautiful floral designs and geometrical patterns that are a reflection of the craftsman of its Turkish artisans.

Qutab Minar is a World Heritage Site and is the second highest tower made of buff sandstone in India, after the Fateh Burj or the Victory Tower of Mohali in Punjab. Qutab Minar consists of several superposed flanged and cylindrical shafts that are separated by intricately carved balconies. It is made of fluted red sandstone and has the verses from the Holy Koran inscribed on its cylindrical walls. Tomb of Iltutmish also lies within the Qutab Complex which is the first Muslim mausoleum in India. Its triple arched doorway has arabesque patterns and beautiful lotus and wheel motifs.

Qutab Minar's structure was damaged several times due to lightning, earthquakes, etc. but it was repaired back to its glory by the rulers of the time. Top two floors of the minaret were substantially damaged by lighting during the reign of Firoz Shah, who promptly repaired the damage. The two marble floors repaired by Firoz Shah could be easily distinguished from the other three which are made of red sandstone. The minaret was damaged due to an earthquake in 1505 and the damage was rectified soon by Sikandar Lodhi.

Qutab Minar is a prominent landmark of Delhi and remains open for the public on all days from sunrise to sunset. Qutab Festival is held in winters by Delhi Tourism at Qutab Complex in which several distinguished singers and artists participate. Qutab Minar could be easily reached through Delhi Metro. Best time to visit Qutab Minar is from October to March when the weather remains pleasant.

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