Qutb Minar Delhi Reviews
Highest Brick Minaret in the World Jan 14, 2016
Qutb Minar (also known as Qutab Minar) in Delhi is a 73 metres minaret/ tower built in 1193 by Qutabud-din Aibak, the founder of Delhi Sultanate after the defeat of the last Hindu Kingdom.
The first Sultan of Delhi, Qutabud-din Aibak was only able to complete building the base of the Minar. The inheritor to his throne, his son-in-law added 3 storeys to the Minar. All these were however destroyed by lightning. It was only in 1368 under the reign of Firoz Shah Tuglak that the Minar was restored and completed with the addition of additional 2 storeys and the use of marble.
The Minar is made mainly out of dark red sandstone with iron intricate carvings and verses from the Quran. The Minar itself has a circular staircase comprising of 379 steps (access to the Minar is now prohibited after an accident in 1981 which resulted in a stampede and fatality).
Qutb Minar together with several important monuments such as Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (the first Mosque to be built in India), Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din's Madrasa and Tomb, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin and the Diamond Pole of Delhi surrounding the tower forms the Qutb Complex.
The Qutb complex is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.
However since we were part of the tour, we were not granted enough time to explore the whole complex or visit the tombs which was unfortunate. So do give yourselves the time to fully explore the place.
Entrance to tourist is Rs250 which I find is a total rip off as compared the locals paying Rs10.
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India's tallest tower - A must see in New Delhi Jan 14, 2009
This review was partially inspired by a recent review (on Jan 16, 2016) by FoxyFauz. I recalled I had never reviewed this, however, and remembered why. In the time I visited Qutb Minar (2009) I had been on TravBuddy for only about a year and was not confident in creating a new attraction, as there were no other reviews on this sight then, nor suggestion of a placenames to review it. It appears in the years passing that some TravBuddy members have added reviews with a few spellings or titles for this attraction ('The Qutub Minar', 'Qutub Minar', and 'Qutab Minar and its monuments'). I had wanted to add Qutb Minar way back when (in 2009) and so, long story short, was pleased to see FoxyFauz had the same spelling I considered correct too. So, I add my review here now.
This is a not to be missed attraction in New Delhi, India. It's 12th century and a mixture of Hindu art and Islamic architecture. There are inscriptions & artistic carvings all over it (up and down) to appreciate. The Qutb (Arabic for pole) is India's highest single tower I think and it is in remarkable condition for being more than 800 years old. There is a lot more to see here than just the tower and it is a whole complex of structures. Some of the temple columns are particularly fascinating. Carved on them are various symbols of people, deities, flora & fauna, jewelry, and other motifs. They are also Hindu in origin, but when it was converted to a mosque, shortage of time and money forced the Muslim ruler to reuse the 'sacrilegious' elements here, which became part of the Mosque. They did knock off the faces of the deities and other human and animal forms. An interesting article can be found here - http://www.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Content&sd=Articles&ArticleID=928
Enjoy the pleasure of exploring this place and there is a great deal to see. The tower itself is the main attraction and it is superb by itself, but roam around and enjoy the history, heritage and harmony here. It's a fairly cheap entrance fee as I recall too. Most highly recommended! BTW - other reviews of this attraction on TravBuddy with various spellings/titles can be found here:
Just for the record - It's official name is Qutb Minar
Part of the Passage To India (Jan 14-24, 2009) travel blog
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