Current status: Conserved by the Archaeological Survey of India and given the status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Qutab Minar is considered to be the tallest tower in India. It was constructed in 1192 by Qutab Ud Din Aibak and commenced by Iltutmish. The Minar is a 5 storied tower. Each tower has unique designs. It is built on the ruins of 27 Hindu and Jain temples. It was hit by lightening twice. Due to this hazard, there was major damage in the structure. But during the reign of Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq, the king repaired the ensuing damage. There are 379 steps inside the Minar .The visitors were allowed up to 3 stories till 1996. Then, in 1998, around 25 school children died while climbing this Minar in the rush and stamping that occurred due to the failure of the electricity of the stair case of this Minar. Thereafter, no visitors are allowed to climb this Minar.
Architectural design of the Minar
Constructed in different eras by the different rulers the 5 storeyed minaret of Qutab Minar shows stark differences in its architecture. This amazing brick minaret is one of the best examples of the Indo-Islamic architecture. Only, the first floor is built of red sandstone while the remaining ones are made up of marble and sandstone. The verses of Holy Quran and some intricate carvings, floral motifs are inscribed on this magnificent tower.
Major Attraction at the Minar
Constructed in 4th century, it is about 7 m tall and is believed that the person, who can cover it fully with both his hands from behind, while standing with facing the Qutub Minar, shall have all his wishes fulfilled.
It is believed that this mosque was built on the ruins of Hindu temple that were destroyed to mark the beginning of the Muslim era in India.
Best Time to Visit
Qutab Minar is open on all days of the week from sunrise to sunset with separate entry charges for Indians and Foreign nationals.
The Ambavata shopping complex and the Hauz Khas are the 2 nearest shopping venues.
5 star/ Luxury hotels
- Sheraton Hotel
- The Qutab Hotel
- Premier Inn
- Amara Hotel
- Solo Victoria
- Goodwill Hotel
How to Reach
Qutab Minar is easily accessible by Metro. One can get down at Qutab Minar or Saket station and hire an auto.Buses as well as taxis are also an option. Also it is in close proximity to the IGI Airport- 14 km.