Qutub Minar is one of the most imposing monuments of India. You can site Qutub Minar in Mehrauli in the South Delhi. Built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in the year 1199, it is said to be completed by his successor and son in law Shamsu'd-Din- Iltutmish. This tall impressive structure is visited by thousands of travelers every year from all over the world.
Qutub Minar in Delhi has been counted as the highest brick tower in the whole wide world. This five story structure is listed as the World Heritage Site. You will be surely enthralled by the huge structure that withstood all tests of time. This tall monument rises up to 72.5 meters. The base diameter measures up to 14.3 meters and its top diameter of 2.7 meters. There are flights of 379 steps which you have to cover to reach to the top. The three stories from the base are built using red sand stone while the top two stories are made of marble and sand stone.
This great architectural structure was built to propound the prominence of the Islam religion. Another notion is that is was built for defensive purpose. Qutub Minar underwent various repairing works for the restoration of this structure. The Arabic inscriptions on the walls of the tower depict the historical importance of the structure. It was built maintaining the Indo Islamic style of architecture. This building was built after being inspired from the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan.
Close to the Qutub Minar Delhi, within its complex, you will find several structures, which are equally impressive. All these structures are historically important and reflect the richness of the culture. Some of the major structures within the Qutub Minar campus are the following:
- Iron Pillar
- Tomb of Iltutmish
- Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
- Alai Darwaza
- Alai Minar
- Ala-ud-din Madrasa
All these structures are of great importance as the tourist attractions. You can also find several installations like madrasas, graves, tombs and mosques. The Iron pillar within the complex of Qutub Minar was built in the 4th Century AD. The iron pillar withstood the test of time for 1600 years of time. It is made up of 98% wrought iron and has not rusted till date.
Qutub Minar remains open from sunrise to sunset for the public. Make sure to visit Qutub Minar during your visit to Delhi and enjoy every bit of it.