Qutab Minar is one of the Indo-Islamic architectural masterpieces of India. The majestic sandstone tower stands 239 feet above the ground. The Qutab Minar is situated in the Qutab complex, near the garden of five senses, in Mehrauli. Built in the early 13th century, this tower of victory was commissioned by Qutab-ud-Din Aibak. Aibak was a general of sultan Muhammad Gauri, who attacked Delhi in 1191 to expand his empire. The only spoilsport is that visitors are not permitted to enter or climb up the Qutab Minar.
This 72.5 m high minaret is the tallest n India and probably in whole
of Asia. It expands like an inverted cone with a diameter of 2.75 m at
its peak to 14.32 m at its base. It was built adjoining the
Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, to proclaim the victory of Islam. The name
Quwwat-ul-Islam in Arabic means 'The Might of Islam'. It is said to be
built to mark the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi.
Qutab Minar is the highest stone tower in India, with 379 steps in five
distinct stories. It has a distinct architecture, which is unique in
terms of style among different minarets in the world. Different stories
of Qutab Minar though look similar from outside but have distinct
designs from inside. While some floors are angular others are in square
formation. These floors are alternatively placed. The tower was built in
three stages. Qutab-ud-Din commissioned this building but died before
its completion. So only the first floor got completed under his reign.
Second, third and the fourth stories were completed by his successor
Illtutmish in 1230. It is said that Illtutmish was his slave who later
became his Son-in-Law and succeeded him to the throne of Delhi. He took
it on himself to complete the project. The Minar was struck by
lightening in AD 1368 and the fourth floor fell down. Feroze Shah
Tughlaq later replaced the fallen top storey and added the fifth floor
in 1370 AD.
The word 'Qutab' means 'axis or pole of justice.' There are various
theories, regarding the Qutab Minar. One of them claims that it was a
symbol of Islamic justice and of the military might of the Slave
Dynasty. Some historians say that it acted as the minaret of
Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid (Might of Islam mosque). They claim that it was
used for the muezzin to call Azaan. But the claim doesn't hold much
|Location||Aurobindo Marg in Mehrauli|
|How to Reach||Take an auto or cab|
|Timing||Sunrise to Sunset|