India is a country of multicultural civilizations. Here kings of many religions and castes have ruled and in every era, all the kings and emperors who ruled left their sign of religion and languages here. Forts, Temples, Mosques, Buildings, and all other Artifacts built by them are the identity of their cultures, and this is also the pride and history of our India. It also holds great importance in these ancient buildings. And through this post, we are going to give you information about Qutub Minar.
Qutub Minar is the second tallest minaret in India after Fateh Burj and the world made of bricks. This Minar is located in the South Delhi region. It has also got the status of the world’s largest brick building and has also been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
It has a height of 72.5 m (237.86 ft) and a diameter of 14.3 m, rising to 2.75 m (9.02 ft) at the summit. Qutub Minar has 379 steps.
The area around the minaret is the Qutub complex, where there are traces of Indian Islamic civilization, which is very valuable from the archaeological point of view.
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History of Qutub Minar
In 1192, the second battle of Tarayana was fought between Prithviraj Chauhan and Muhammad Ghori, and Prithviraj Chauhan has defeated in this war and this was the beginning of the rule of Muslim rulers in India.
Qutb-ud-din Aibak ruled Delhi as the first Muslim ruler and he started the construction of Qutub Minar in 1193 but she could not get it completed, he only built the basement and first building of this tower. After this, in 1220, his successor and grandson Iltutmish carried forward the work of its construction and got 3 floors more built-in this tower. After this, in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlaq had constructed the fifth and last floors of this building.
This tower was badly damaged by the terrible earthquake in 1508, after which Sikandar Lodi, the ruler of Lodi Vanse, got it repaired. The first 3 buildings of this tower are made of red sandstone and bricks and the top 2 buildings are made of marble and red sandstone and bricks.
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Why was Qutub Minar built?
There is no single answer in history about why Qutub Minar was built. When we look for its answer in history, we find many answers to it. Some historians say that its name has been taken from the name of Qutb-ud-din Aibak so that Aibak’s supremacy spread all over India. It is also believed that when the last Hindu Raj of India was defeated, after that it was built as a sign of his victory.
Whereas according to some historians, this grand building built during the Mughal period was named after the famous Muslim Sufi saint Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki.
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What is the height of Qutub Minar ?
The height of this tower is 72.5 meters, which is approximately 237 feet and there are 379 steps under this tower that go up to the top of the tower.
Interesting facts about Qutub Minar
- Due to the ancient monuments of the Qutub Minar complex and the artwork done in it, it has got the structure of archaeological survey.
- There is a 2000 year old iron pillar in the Qutub complex and it has not rusted till date even after being so old, it is very famous because of not rusting.
- Tutub Minar is not the tallest tower in the world. The Fateh Burj of Chappar Chiri is the tallest tower in the world that is why Qutub Minar is the second largest minaret in the world.
- There are 379 steps inside the tower that lead to the top.
- It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- A mosque is present in the minaret complex. This is the first mosque in India.
- Earlier people were allowed to go under this tower but in 1981 there was an accident. In which 44 people died in the accident.
- This tower has faced earthquakes many times, due to which this tower also suffered a lot of damage but the rulers of that time also got it repaired and maintained its beauty.
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Qutub Minar Opening/Closing time?
Qutub Minar’s timings are from 7 AM to 5 PM. The opening time of Qutub Minar is 7 AM and it is best to visit the monument during the early morning hours to avoid the crowd. The closing time of Qutub Minar is 5 PM. It is open all days of the week.
The entry ticket for Indian visitors is INR 35 and for foreign visitors is INR 550
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Other Tourist Places in Delhi
If you have come to Delhi to see Qutub Minar, then definitely see Delhi in Places.
- Red Fort
- Akshardham Temple
- India Gate
- Humayun Tomb
- Rashtrapati Bhavan
- Garden of Five Senses
- Lotus Temple
- Jama Masjid
- National Museum
- Connaught Place shopping
- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Ji
- Lodhi Garden
- Jantar Mantar
- Dilli haat INA
- Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir)
- National Gallery of Modern Art
- Safdarjung Tomb
- National Zoological Park
- Shri Kalka Ji Temple
- Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary
- Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
- ISKCON Temple Delhi-Glory Of India & Vedic Cultural Centre, New Delhi
- Deer Park
- Shree Adya Katyayani Shaktipeeth Mandir
- Waste to Wonder Theme Park
- Shree Hanuman Temple
- Adham Khan’s Tomb
- Amar Jawan Jyoti
- Sultanpur National Park