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Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar, Delhi - Timing, Ticket Price, How to Reach, More
Qutub Minar is the tallest and most ancient monument in India. Qutub Minar has become such a famous heritage site. That attracts more than 10,000 people every day to visit it. So let me explain in detail about Qutub Minar. You will also know about Qutub Minar's timing, ticket price, and how to reach here? And I will also tell you the history of Qutub Minar.

Qutub Minar Travel Guide
Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar is a masterpiece of ancient artwork. Carving and painting on the walls increase their value four times. Which attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. Outside the Qutub Minar, you will find many stalls on the local street food. Where you can have a light breakfast. This place is not very expensive, you will get all the things at a good price.

Qutub Minar, Delhi - Timing, Ticket Price, How to Reach, More

Qutub Minar is one of the major historical monuments of Delhi. After coming here, you will feel like you have come in ancient times. Many parts of the Qutub Minar are broken or incomplete. It is repaired by the government from time to time. Here you will see green meadows everywhere, in which you can also sit and have a picnic.

Qutub Minar Travel Guide
Qutub Minar, Delhi

Inside the Qutub Minar, you will see many beautiful carvings and paintings everywhere. Let me tell you that this carving and painting was done hundreds of years ago. But it looks like it was made a few days ago. Verses in Urdu are written all around Qutub Minar.
Qutub Minar and all the nearby forts are made of red stone only. No iron bars and cement have been used to make them. Qutub Minar is 73 meters high, which is 15 meters wide at the bottom and 2.7 meters wide at the top. The Qutub Minar has a magnificent balcony on all the floors.

These things may be shocking to you that rain, storms, or earthquakes are coming all over India. But this does not harm the Qutub Minar. In the Qutub Minar complex.

Qutub Minar History

Delhi was the capital of the Mehrauli Tomar and Chauhans. These kings built observatories, 27 temples, and Tara Mandals at this place. Which was destroyed by the Islamic Sultans, and the Qutub Minar was built. You can still see the images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses on many pillars of Qutub Minar.

Inspired by the Jam Ki Minar present in Afghanistan and wishing to make it even bigger, Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak planned the construction of Qutub Minar in 1193 Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak started using the Qutub Minar to see enemies coming from far away. Many historians believe that the Qutub Minar served as a tribute to the mosque.

Qutub Minar Travel Guide
Qutub Minar, Delhi

Some historians believe that the Qutub Minar was named after its founder Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. While some believe that the most famous saint of Baghdad was named after Qutub-Ud-Din Bakhtiar Kaki. Who came to Delhi in those days, and Iltutmish respected it. In honor of that saint, this tower was named Qutub Minar.

A madrasa was also built by Allauddin Khilji in the Qutub Minar complex. In which the verses of the Quran, algebra, competitive mathematics, and Euclid were taught. Also, Unani medicines were also taught in this madrasa.

Near the Qutub Minar, you will see a Qutub Minar-like tower, which remains halfway. Which was being built by Ala-Ud-Din Khilji. This incomplete tower is called Alai Minar. Ala-Ud-Din Khilji was to make this Alai Minar two times high than the old Qutub Minar. But this Alai Minar could not be completed due to the death of Ala-Ud-Din Khilji.

Qutub Minar Inside

In Qutub Minar, you will see the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque, Ala-Ud-Din Khilji Tomb, Iron Vishnu Pillar, Alai Darwaza, Imam Jamin Tomb, Iltumish Tom, Lauren Pillar, and Alai Minar. All these places are quite old. You can feel their history just by looking at them.

Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque

The construction of the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque was also done by Qutbuddin Aibak in 1193. Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque was built in just four years. Because this place used to be the first Hindu observatory, which was broken into a mosque. But after this Iltutmish in 1230, and Allauddin Khilji in 1351 added many parts like Alai Darwaza to this mosque. In this way, it was expanded by many rulers. In this way, the history of Qutub Minar was also disputed.

Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque - Qutub Minar Travel Guide
Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque - Qutub Minar, Delhi

Alai Darwaza

Alai Darwaza, built-in 1351 by Allauddin Khilji. Which is a part of the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque. It is a square dome building. All its walls are carved with white marble and red stone.

Alai Minar

Allauddin Khilji was a very aggressive and powerful Sultan. Which devastated the Qutub Minar. Allauddin Khilji wanted to build another tower. Which was going to be twice as high as the Qutub Minar. Which was named Alai Minar.

The construction of Alai Minar started in 1316. But it could never be completed. As Allauddin Khilji died while the work of Alai Minar was going on. And then the construction work of Alai Minar stopped forever.

Alai Minar - Qutub Minar Travel Guide
Alai Minar - Qutub Minar, Delhi

Iron Pillar

This iron pillar was built in the fourth century in memory of Chandragupta II (375–413). Chandragupta II is also known as Vikramaditya. Historians say that this iron pillar was built for the flag of Lord Vishnu on a mountain called Vishnupad. Which was built in memory of a powerful king Chandragupta II. This iron pillar is also called the Garuda flag and Vishnu's pillar.

king Anagpal Tomar who brought this iron pillar from the Vishnupad hill. It is believed to be the first person is Raja Anagpal who came to Delhi for the first time. The credit of settling the city of Delhi also goes to these king Anagpal.

Iron Pillar - Qutub Minar Travel Guide
Iron Pillar - Qutub Minar, Delhi

This iron pillar of 3000 kg never rusts. Because 99% pure iron is used in this column. 1600 years ago, such identification of metal seems quite shocking. On this iron pillar, an inscription in the Sanskrit language and Brahmi script have been written that bears the existence of this iron pillar. The history of Qutub Minar starts from this iron pillar.

Solar Watch

This Sun Clock, built-in memory of Gordon Sanderson, is present in the Qutub Minar complex. This sun clock is made of white marble. This watch works only under sunlight. As the direction of the Sun changes, the time changes in this sun clock. There is also a line written in Latin on this sun clock. This means in Hindi "The shadow disappears, and light remains there."

Who Built Qutub Minar?

Qutub Minar was built by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak, the first ruler of the Ghulam dynasty of Delhi. Qutubuddin Aibak started the construction of Qutub Minar in 1193. But he was able to form the basis of Qutub Minar only. Later, son-in-law, Iltutmish added 3 floors to it in the year 1211 to 1236. Then in 1363, Ferozeshah Tughlaq built the fifth and last floor.

Between 1296 and 1316, Alauddin Khilji destroyed many Hindu temples. Over time, a number of Islamic sultans came and expanded the Qutub Minar. Let me tell you that if you go inside the Qutub Minar by chance, you will still see some pieces of idols of those Hindu deities.

Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak - Qutub Minar Travel Guide
Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak - Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar Timing

Qutub Minar's opening time is from 9 am to 6 pm. It is never closed. You can go any day of any month. But keep remember, the summer season is not good to visit Qutub Minar. You can visit in the evening or you can go in the winter season. You also can get a 5% discount on the ticket, if you book online.

Qutub Minar Ticket Price 2021

Ticket Price
Indian ₹30
Foreigner ₹500
Photography ₹25
Videography ₹25

How to Reach Qutub Minar?

  • Nearest Bus Stop: Qutub Minar is the nearest bus stop to Qutub Minar. It is at the exit gate.
  • Nearest Metro: Qutub Minar metro is the nearest metro station to Qutub Minar. It is just 1.4 km away.
  • Nearest Railway Sation: New Delhi is the nearest railway station to Qutub Minar. It is 15 km away.
  • Nearest Airport: IGI airport is the nearest airport to Qutub Minar. It is 12 km away.

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FAQ

Q. Is bags are allowed in Qutub Minar?
Yes, but not large and heavy bags. You can carry handbags only.

Q. Is food are allowed in Qutub Minar?
No, You can not take into Qutub Minar. Drinkable water and washrooms are available in the complex.

Q. Is the camera allowed in Qutub Minar?
Yes, But you need to buy a separate ticket for photography and videography.

Q. Can we visit Qutub Minar at night?
No, You can not visit Qutub Minar after 6 pm. The closing time of Qutub Minar is 6 pm.

Q. What is the real name of Qutub Minar?
'Quwwat Ul Islam' is the real name of Qutub Minar. It means the power of Islam.

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