Qutub Minar, a UNESCO heritage site in New Delhi

Qutub Minar – The tallest brick minaret in the World, the tower of victory.

Quick Facts

  • Construction of Qutub Minar started in 1193 and completed in 1220.
  • Construction was started by Qutb ud-Din Aibak, first muslim ruler of Delhi Sultanate and completed by Aibak’s successor and son-in-law, Iitutmush.
  • Height of the minaret is 238 feet (73 m), 47 feet at the base and narrows to nine feet at the apex.
  • Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer.
  • Open all 07 days from 7 AM to 5 PM.

India is a culturally and historically rich country with a total of 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Qutub Minar is one such UNESCO heritage site, which none of the travellers visiting Delhi gives a miss. Few kilometres from the centre of the Delhi city, this red sandstone construction is a most popular and must see attraction. According to a few estimates, it alone attracts more than a million tourists each year.

The complex is just not about the minaret – Qutub Minar, but it also reflects a series of architectural flow from Jain temples to Islamic architecture, through the Aibak and Tughlaq rule, till the British era. The complex has lot to see and explore, which definitely needs half a day to explore in ease.

Qutb ud-Din Aibak, a ruler well educated and proficient in several forms of battle was born in Afghanistan. Upon his arrival in India, he fought and defeated Rajput’s to conquer Delhi and to symbolise this victory, ordered the construction of a mosque and a minar (Minaret) with red sandstone exploited from destroyed Hindu temples. It is, therefore, not surprising that the Muslim mosque has typical Hindu decoration. The nearby Iron Pillar from the Gupta Empire, which predates the Islamic minar and still bears its Brahmic inscriptions, survived as part of the Qutub Complex.

Glimpses of Qutab Minar, Photo Tour – Easy Expedition