Best time to visit7:00 AM 10:00 PM
Open hours6:00 AM 6:00 PM
Things to doClimbing up to the top of the tower is a tedious job but the view from there is extra ordinary. This serves as the main interest of most of the tourists. The Iron Tower situated nearby is one of the Metallurgical wonders in the Indian History. There are 379 steps in total to reach the top of Qutub Minar.
BudgetRs 10 for Indians.Rs 250 for tourists
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples, Friends
Rank5 out of 370 attractions in New Delhi
This beautiful monument in the Mehrauli area of New Delhi was built in the 12th century by Emperor Qutub- Ud- Din- Aibak and was finally completed by his son-in-law, Iltutmish, who succeeded him. The monument is made up of 5 levels with projecting balconies on each level. The specialty of the monument is that each level is different from the others in terms of size and designs. This is what makes it even more spectacular. The verses from the Holy Koran of the Muslims are carved on the walls of the monument and the lattice work is remarkable too. The controversy surrounding this monument says that this was originally a Hindu monument, built much before the 12th century. It is also said that Aibak only renovated it by replacing the Hindu Stone designs with Islamic ones. Till now one side of the monument walls have Hindu designs on them and the outer part is adorned with ornamental Islamic designs. The monument has been damaged by natural forces and calamities many a times but has been repaired again and again. This is the reason why it stands strong even after so long.
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Reviews of Qutub Minar • 32
We reached Qutub Minar station by 2pm and we had to take an auto rickshaw till the tourist spot. The sun was bright and I was feeling down and down, tired, tensed too because we had to get back to airport by 4pm too. We roamed inside the Qutub Minar park and clicked pictures. Quickly we came out and had light snacks and booked an Ola cab to airport & didn't try metro again as we had very less time in hand. Finally we were there in airport by 3.30pm.
Nearest Metro Station:Qutab Minar.Open: All days.Entry Fee: 30 (Indians), 500 (foreigners).Days Closed: None.
Duration of the trip : 2 hours Cost of the entire trip : Rs 300 Entry fee for Indian citizens : Rs 30Entry fee for foreign citizens : Rs 500 Timings : 7 am to 5 pm. I was on an Official Trip to Delhi in the month of Feb. The climate was quite pleasant and I had been to Delhi for the very first time so I decided to convert my Work Visit into a Worktion. .Luckily one of the days I happened to finish all my meetings by lunch time and quickly rushed back to my hotel, grabbed a quick and tiny bite , changed and head out to explore the heritage sites of Delhi.I took a cab and head straight towards Qutub Complex.The Qutub complex is an ancient collection of monuments and buildings from the Delhi Sultanate. Since I hadn't really had lunch , I decided to have lunch. As I walked by the streets I came across a few hotels and cafés. I had my lunch at "The Qutub Restaurant". I had the nonveg Thali and Mint flavoured Chaas  , they specialise in north Indian food and kebabs. The lunch was really delicious and totally worth it. .Post Lunch I walked down to Qutub Complex , I noticed a long queue of people only to realise that I had to join one too to book my ticket inorder to enter. There is a luggage counter for tourists traveling with bagpack and heavy bags which is not only safe but also well organized. .About 30 mins later I found myself exploring a heritage site that I had always read about Only in my history textbooks.  The Complex was very clean and green , Beautifully designed and well maintained. As I walked by , my attention was caught by a board which was a simple Map of the entire place. I read it carefully and took a picture of it so it would be easy to navigate myself. I walked passed beautiful gardens and well planted trees , stone like structures and amazingly carved pillars. Wandered around the entire place , The Qutub Minar is a beautiful pillar like structure that simply mesmerises you with its tall and magnificent look. I was awestruck by the "Alai Darwaza " - the formal entrance to the mosque and the "Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque" . The mosque is one of the earliest extant mosques in India.  The complex also consisted of a few tombs including Alauddin Khalji', 'Adham Khan ' , the second sultan of Delhi - 'Iltutmish'. Finally I came across The Iron pillar of Delhi , a 23 feet tall victory column known for its high resistance to corrosion. Yet another monument I had only read about either in science or history and was looking forward to visiting since a long time. .Once I walked around the entire place which took approximately 2 Hours , Clicked a few pictures and spend quite sometime drowned in this places Charm , I decided to move out and grab something to drink because it had begun to get slightly hot. I stepped out of the complex and had some really energising Fresh line soda from one of the many carts that stand right outside the exit gate. It was already evening and I had to get back to my hotel , take a nap and prepare a few presentations for the next day so I booked an Ola and head back to my hotel immediately with beautiful memories after a lovely day well spent. .#Workation #ExplorewithRach
Yes, we visited a tourist spot in the layover time of our flight. Quickly, we took an airport bus and got down in Airport Metro station. Then we thought of hiring a cab, since we were 5 in people, none of the cabs allowed 5 members in one cab so we had to go with Metro only. But there was no direct Metro from Airport to Qutub Minar as their lanes were different. We had to go till Delhi Central and change the lane to catch a connecting Metro.That was my first ride in Indian Metro and that to in Delhi, was something exciting to me. We got seats and settled there till our destination. It took us almost more than 40 minutes to Delhi central. Then there was long queue for purchasing ticket to our next Metro. Somehow we managed to buy tickets and boarded our next Metro. That was bit crowded and we were in ladies compartment. We never felt lost because there were announcements and displays everywhere to see where we have reached.
Now at Qutub Minar, the UNESCO world Heritage site built in 1192, stands at 73 mtrs of height. The unmistakable red beacon. There is an antique steel pillar, which denies to rust, no matter how old it gets. Defying the chemistry. Many researchers are still amazed of this behaviour and trying to look into the composition.There are many ancient Dravidian style stone carvings and monolithic architectures surrounding Qutub Minar. Serving as the witness of destruction of already standing ancient Indian architecture by Mughal rulers.There are also some partly constructed structures around the place.
The GiantThe GiganticThe MajesticThe MarvelousThe MagnificentAnd what else should be spoken about the pride of Delhi?This sky touching minaret, standing at the heart of Delhi, still tells it's days of glory. And it's been long, it's been years, it is still standing, making it one of the most iconic places to visit in Delhi.
Intact Heritage walk to Qutub ComplexJust behind Mehrauli park there is Qutub Minar complex - a must visit tourist destination. But there are several other monuents also which have some interesting stories behind their construction and failure which are worth noticing, such as1. Alai Minar2. Smith Folly3. Iron Pillar4. Iltutmish Tomb5. Tomb and Madrasa of Sultan Alauddin Khilji
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8. Qutb Minar - Qutub Minar is a minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. The well known tourist place and an equally beautiful place for a wonderful photo-shoot. The minaret is surrounded by numerous historically significant monuments. It will give numerous locations for that perfect awaited pose. Nearest Metro Station - Qutub Minar Metro.
Delhi has been the pivotal point of India since ages. The sultans who tried to conquer India from time to time always had the priority to capture Delhi first, and then focus on the rest of the country. Delhi has seen change of thrones for generations. However, most of the time, Delhi and the surrounding region has stayed under Islamic rulers and their dominance. Five dynasties ruled over Delhi Sultanate sequentially, the first four of which were of Turkic origin: the Mamluk dynasty (1206–90); the Khilji dynasty (1290–1320); the Tughlaq dynasty (1320–1414); the Sayyid dynasty (1414–51); and the Afghan Lodi dynasty (1451–1526). Much of Delhi’s architecture is a mix of every dynasty’s artisans. People from every dynasty contributed to shaping Delhi in a way that a blend of Indo-Persian to Indo-Afghan or Indi-Turkish architecture can be observed in the historical monuments of the city, most of which are in ruins, except the ones which have been recognized under UNESCO World Heritage Site program.
If you are an history and architecture enthusiast one must plan for a heritage walk in Delhi .It's a symbol of ancient colonial past and thriving present.I along with my friends started to Qutub minar a bit early to avoid the rush and long ques we booked uber and after a brief conversations reached Mehrauli(south Delhi) home to one of the three world heritage sites in Delhi ,Qutub minar.As it was the start of the year it was crowded some how managed to take the tickets last minute and headed to this canonical, tapered structure which was visible from very far.This monument is well maintained by the archaeological survey of India.
Qutub Minar, one of the three World Heritage Sites of the city. Memory of my last visit to the monument was so empowering that I couldn’t feel any charm of going there again. But to ‘study its role at urban level’ was the task given to us. The weekend rush, scorching heat, and limited time, all these factors made it a dull study. The only thing I could relate to my ‘love affair’ was the ‘ruined’ part of the complex.“It’s like a precious wound… like a heartbreak you won’t let go of because it hurts too good…”“We settle for living in misery because we’re afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins.”“Ruin is a ‘gift’. Ruin is the road to transformation. It shows that we must always be prepared of endless waves of transformation…” ~ Eat Pray LoveIn architectural language, I studied how a monument lives so long and becomes the Icon for the city.Next, the busy long road, people rushing either towards or opposite to you, small pavements, hundreds of shops, preoccupied crowd moving like zombies, and you moving just with the ‘flow’, that’s when you know you are in Chandni Chowk. No matter from where you are or which place you belong to, this heritage street shows you that you are ‘nothing’. The moment you step into the crowd of Chandni Chowk, you are either lost or carried away by the ‘flow’ of it. Here, no one stops for no one. The flow is nonstop, pedestrians, vehicles, autos, rickshaws, even bullock-carts, all looking for their space and you find yourself fighting to get yours. My ‘love affair’ with the place is longstanding just as the place is. When I feel low I prefer to visit this street. It reminds me of the value of time and thus to ‘move on’. In technical terms, I studied the characteristics of an Urban Street.
Curve your neck to its most and there it stands with pride, Qutub Minar. It’s absolutely the best amongst the finest Delhi monuments. Known as an important heritage monument, Qutub Minar has its topmost point at a height of 72.5 meters. Crafted with beautiful red sandstone, this tower is famous for the imprints of Holy Quran verses. The complex but magnificent art of carvings on the walls has gained its names on the list of Delhi monuments.• Location: Mehrauli, south New Delhi• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available• Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
Qutub Minar : At 120 meters, Qutub Minar stands as the tallest brick minaret in the world. It stands in Mehrauli, Delhi in the heart of the Qutub Complex which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Qutbu'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of this tower in 1200 A.D (possibly as the tower of 'Victory'). In 1220 A.D, his son in law Iltumish added 3 storeys to the building.From the Nagari & Persian inscriptions on the wall, it appears that this Minaret was struck by lightning twice - in 1326 A.D & 1369 A.D. The first damage was during Muhammed Tughlaq's reign (1325-1351), and was repaired by him apparently in 1332. The second damage is said to have destroyed the building completely and was attended by Feroz Tuglaq (1351-1388). Later in 1503, Sikander Lodi (1489-1517) also carried out some restoration in upper storeys.Qutub Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments, which are historically connected with the tower. These include the Iron Pillar, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din's Madrasa and Tomb, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin. Other minor monuments include Major Smith's Cupola and Sanderson's Sundial. Qutub Minar has about 379 steps on the inside that lead to the top.
"Qutub Minar, at 72 meters, is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Qutub Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutub Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tower is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 379 steps leads to the top.Before 1974, the general public was allowed access to the top of the minar accessed through a narrow staircase. On 4 December 1981, 45 people were killed in the stampede and there were 300 to 400 people inside the minar at that time that followed an electricity failure that plunged the tower’s staircase into darkness. Subsequently, public access to the inside of the tower has been banned." - Wikipedia
Tallest minaret in the world.
With some time still left in hands we decided to visit the historic qutab minar. The place is kinda nice.Rich in history and a good visit i felt when in delhi
Qutub Minar: to be visited in preference in the morning, before the place is overcrowded. A fantastic tower with 72m height built by Muslims as a victory tower (no restaurants nearby).
Qutub Minar is one of the magnificient architectures constructed in the olden times. This place takes us back to the olden eras in the Indian history. Being recognised as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most visited places in Delhi.
Before I could run for my flight, I had to visit Qutub Minar. If you ever step into Delhi, please do visit this place for it’s sheer brilliance. I was so blown away. I’m not sure how people came up with such architectural wonders. So much of intricate carvings adorn this stunning monument. I was just reading about it and then it refreshed my history classes. It was constructed to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori over Rajput King Prithviraj Chauhan.