Being the tallest standing brick minaret in the world (at 72.5 metres), Qutab Minar also happens to be one of the earliest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture.
The Minar was constructed back in the days when Qutb-Ud-Din-Aibak had taken over Delhi after a siege under the Muhammad of Ghor. Prithviraj was the ruler of Delhi at that time and this was one of the first glimpses of the many rulers to come to Delhi and rule it for centuries to come.
Highlights and Features
The Qutab Minar therefore, can be considered as being synonymous with Mughal history. It was in 1192 that the raiders from Afghanistan captured Delhi. The foundation of Qutab Minar had been laid by the Rajput rulers but it was completed by the Afghans as a symbol of their victory.
The minaret is essentially composed of four floors with each storey encircled by balconies laden with beautiful grills in honeycomb design that are much more prevalent on the first floor than on the others. The Minar has been subject to earthquakes in the past and is known to have received considerable damage – especially the top two floors since they were added on to the structure after its initial completion. On the whole, however, it’s a well-preserved building and worth paying a visit to see it.
Good to know
Location: South New Delhi, close to Jawaharal Nehru University
How to get there: Reaching Qutab Minar is not a difficult task. It is in fact, the nearest stop on the Delhi Metro from the New Delhi Railway Station. The stop is well connected by metro with Connaught Place, Rajiv Park and Old Delhi – some of the most prominent and important metro stations of Delhi. The premises don’t really have fixed opening times and is open from sunrise to sunset.