The Qutab Minar is the pride of
located at a small village called Mehrauli in South Delhi. Started in 1192
by the slave king, Qutab-ud-Din Aibak, the tower was built in three stages.
Qutab-ud-Din completed the first storey while the other three were built by
Iltutmish in 1230. The Minar was damaged in 1322 and then repaired by
Mohammad Bin Tughlak and again in 1368 by Firoz Shah Tughlak.
Qutab Minar - Spearing its way into the sky
The word 'Qutab Minar' means 'axis minaret'. Qutab Minar with a height of
72.5m (239ft), is the highest stone tower in India and can be ascended by a
circular stairway for a view that is breathtaking. The monument tapers from
a 15-meter diameter base to just 2½ metres at the top. This majestic
tower in the capital city is a prime attraction for tourists world over. The
Qutab Minar, the first monument of Muslim rule in India, heralded the
beginning of a new style of art and architecture that came to be known as
the Indo-Islamic style.
The tower comprises of five different storeys, with a prominent balcony.
The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and fifth of
marble and sandstone. The decoration of the Qutab Minar is consistently
Islamic in character from base to top.The Qutab Minar is covered with
intricate carvings and deeply inscribed verses from the Koran. Beautiful
calligraphy adorns the adjacent edifices. The minar has survived a series of
lightening bolts and earthquakes during the past centuries.
Hot spots at qutab complex:
» Alai Darwaza:
This gate was built on entirely Islamic principles and is considered as
one of the precious gems of Islamic architecture. lt is the first
building employing whole Islamic principles of accurate construction and
» Iron Pillar:
The Qutab complex houses an iron pillar. The inscription on the pillar
indicates that it was built in the honor of Vishnu, A Hindu God and in
the memory of the Gupta king Chandragupta II. The pillar is made of 98
per cent wrought iron and has stood 1,600 years without rusting or
The city has an extreme climate. December and January are chilly with
night times lows of 4 °C. The city has spring months in February
and March. The summer months of May & June are scorchingly hot with
mercury soaring to a high of 46 °C. The city does not have much of
rainy season. The monsoon lasts from July to September.
How to Get there:
» Air : All major international airlines in the world fly
through Delhi. Indira Gandhi International Airport is located at Central
Delhi and the domestic terminal at Palam is 5km away from the
» Rail : The city has two major railway stations in New
Delhi and Old Delhi. New Delhi station is within walking distance of
Connaught Place and Main Delhi station is about 7km from Connaught
Place. Delhi offers Express trains to all parts of the country.
» Bus : Buses from all the major places in Uttar Pradesh,
Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are
available for getting to Delhi. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC)
operates special services from railway stations to different parts of