Qutub Minar - The highest individual Tower
Popular Monument - A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Qutub Minar is one of the tallest monuments in Delhi, India and the world's highest individual tower. Its foundation was laid by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1199 A.D., and its construction was completed by Iltutmish after 20 years.
Qutub Minar tapers from a base of 14.3 m in diameter to a tip measuring 2.75 m in diameter. It has 378 steps inside that will lead you from bottom to the top. Qutub Minar is 72.5 m tall and is undoubtedly one of the finest stone towers in India and one of the most important landmarks of Delhi.
Qutub Minar is made of red sandstone and sports the inscriptions of Holy Quran and some intricate carvings. The Qutub Minar is a perfect blend of Indian and Islamic architecture. Numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari characters in different places of the Minar reveal the history of Qutub. Qutub Minar was declared as the ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ for the fact that it attracts a magnificent number to visitors and tourists from all over the world.
Places of Attraction
Qutub Minar has several places of attraction inside which include:
The Iron Pillar
The Tomb of Iltutmish
Best Time to visit Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar opens on all days from sunrise to sunset; however the preferred timings are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
How to reach Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is located in Mehrauli, South Delhi. The nearest railway station is Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and the nearest Metro Station is Qutub Minar station. The nearest International Airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is at a distance of only 10 Kms.
To see the nearby places of attraction, visit Delhi.
To see other famous Indian monuments, check out Monuments in India.