Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Qutub Minar

Monuments and Memorials in India
Ajanta & Ellora Caves | Gateway of India | Jaisalmer Fort | Qutub Minar | Sanchi Stupa

Qutub Minar: Introduction

qutub-minar-delhiQutub Minar is located in the capital city Delhi. Its popularity arises out of the fact that it is the tallest brick minaret in the world. It has 379 stairs leading to its top. Given its extremely tall stature, it is believed to have been built as a commemoration of victory. It is a fine specimen of Mughal architecture. It has beautiful carvings and provides a panoramic bird eye view of the capital city of Delhi from its top. It has also served as a watch tower of Tughlak and Khilji rulers.

Qutub Minar Architecture

Qutub Minar is built of red and buff colored sandstone and is broad at the base and tapering at the top. The walls are covered with intricate carvings and verses from Quran. There is also an iron pillar situated in the Qutub Minar complex, which is an interesting metallurgical wonder and stands without getting rusted for centuries. It has a height of 72.5 meters, which is around 237.8 feet.

Qutub Minar History

Qutub-ud-din-Aibak built the initial stories of the building and Iltutmish added further three stories to the tower. It was initially started by Qutub-ud-din after his inspiration of the minaret of Jam. This minar was built on the ruins of Lal Kot, which was a citadel in the then city of Dhillika or the modern Delhi. This complex had 27 ancient Hindu and Jain temples and after they were destroyed, the debris was used to build Qutab Minar. The minar had been damaged by earthquakes and lightning but was repeatedly renovated and reinstated by various rulers.

Best time to visit Qutub Minar

People from different parts of the world visit the capital of India throughout the year and Qutub Minar is a primary attraction of the capital city.

Connectivity by air, road, and rail

By Air: Delhi is superbly connected with all major cities of the world.

By Railway: Delhi is connected by a huge network of railways to all the major cities of India with Hazrat Nizamuddin as the nearest railway station to this ancient Indian heritage.

By Road: Extremely well-maintained roads connect Delhi to all cities of India. Delhi also has a well-built local transportation system and a detailed metro connection with a dedicated Qutab Minar stop closest to the monument.

Qutub Minar Nearby attractions/places of interest

Iron pillar: This iron pillar is a wrought iron structure and stands close to the Minar. This pillar was built in the fourth century as a mark or honor and respect to the Hindu God Vishnu and king Chandragupta. It is considered special as it had surprisingly withstood the vagaries of nature for more than 1600 years.

Red Fort: This palatial fort was built by Emperor Shah Jahan and stands as one of the major tourist attractions of the Indian capital city. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and has exquisite halls inside its complex.

India Gate: This architectural masterpiece was built to commemorate the Indian soldiers and is situated close to the Qutub Minar. India Gate symbolizes the sacrifice of the martyred brave Indian soldiers.

Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque: The Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque is also located close to Qutub minar and is one of the oldest mosques of India.

Tomb of Iltutmish: The mausoleum or tomb of Iltutmish was situated inside the complex of Qutub Minar.

There are also several famous shopping complexes situated close by such as the Ambavata Shopping complex and the shopping centers of the Hauz Khas area.

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