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Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar is one of the tallest minars in India. Standing tall at over 72 metres, it is also believed to be the tallest sandstone brick tower in the world. The construction of the Qutub Minar took place in two parts. The foundation and the base was laid by Emperor Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1192 and the construction was completed by his son-in-law, Iltutmish in the following years. One will notice a difference in the styles of architecture of the two emperors.

The Qutub Minar stands in the ruins of Lal Kot, the capital of the last Hindu rulers in Delhi. The entire structure consists of engravings of verses from the Quran. It is believed that the tower was erected in order to have a tall enough tower to call people for prayers. It was also used as a watch tower. This was tallest building from 1198 to 1971.

In the Qutub Complex stands an iron pillar that is quite an interesting structure. Although it has been exposed to the outdoors for centuries, you will not see any traces of rust on this iron pillar. It also bears Sanskrit inscriptions which state that the pillar was built in honour of a King named Chandra. According to myths, anyone who can encircle the pillar with his hands, standing with the back against the pillar can expect any wish to come true!

Visit Information:-

Location:: Mehrauli- Gurgaon Road

Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar

Open: Every Days

Visit Timings: 10.0 am to 5.30 pm

Entry Fee: Rs.30 (Indian), Rs.500 (foreigner)

Distance From:-

IGI and palam Airport: 13.3KM

New Delhi RLY Station: 16KM

Old Delhi RLY Station: 20KM

Nizamuddin RLY Station: 13.9KM

Anand Vihar RLY Station: 26KM