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Delhi : Qutub Minar in Qutub Complex

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Qutub Minar is located in the Qutub Complex, which is located near the Mehrauli Archaeological Park on the Sri Aurobindo Marg, the closest Metro station being Qutub Minar.
Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is so tall that it can be seen from a distance, much before I could reach the Qutub Minar Metro station.

The Minar was named after Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki a famous Sufi saint who lived in Delhi. 

Qutub Minar is made of red stone and it has 379 steps to reach the top. Entry to the top is restricted though. The Minar is around 238 feet high. The Minar has inscriptions in Parso-Arabic and Nagari characters. 
Qutub Minar
The Minar comprises of several cylindrical shafts which grow conical at the top. Each of the cylindrical shafts have balconies around them. Imagine the view of the land from these balconies, it would be just amazing to snap some amazing pics there. 
Qutub Minar
Initially I was under the impression that the Minar in Daulatabad fort around Aurangabad is the tallest, but I was wrong. 
Inscription on Qutub Minar

The construction of the Minar was started in 1193 AD by Qutb-ud-din Aibak. Who died after completing the first storey, the next three storeys were built by his successor, Iltutmish. Whose Tomb resides in the Qutub Minar Complex. Firoz Shah Tughlaq completed the last storey, which was built of red sandstone and marble. 
Qutub Minar
It is said that the  Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, is the first mosque to be built in Delhi. 


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