Qutub Minar is another most visited tourist spots in Delhi. The tallest monument in India, the Qutub Minar is a 237.8 ft high tower. This is another great masterpiece of Mughal architecture and one of the famous towers in the world. Also spelled as Qutb Minar or Qutab Minar, the minar showcases one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture.

The Qutub Minar is a cylindrical shaped tower with long rounded grooves embedded with decorative motifs on the shalf of its columns. The base diameter of the structure is 14.3 meters and its top diameter measures 2.7 meters. There are over 378 steps in the minar leading to its top story. The minar is made using red sand stone in the three lower stories, whereas the top two stories were made up of sand stone along with marble. The Qutub Minar is surrounded by ruins of many other ancient and medieval structures, collectively known as Qutub complex.

The foundation of the construction of the Qutub Minar was laid by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi in 1193 AD. However, he was alive to see the completion of the base and the first floor only. The structure is said to be completed by his successor and son-in-law Shamsud Din Iltutmish, the third Turkic Sultan, by adding three more stories to the Minar. And the fifth and the last floor of the Minar were constructed by Firoz Shah Tughlak (AD 1351-88) in 1368. He also renovated the fourth floor of the tower, which was destroyed by earthquake, and decorated the fourth and fifth floors of Qutub Minar with white marble.

The name of the Qutub Minar is said to be derived from the name of the Sultan Qutub-ud-din Aibak, but some also argue that the tower is erected in memory of Sufi Saint Qutb-ud-din Bakhtiar Kaki, who was highly regarded by Sultan Iltutmish.

The architecture of the Qutub Minar shows the unique styles of the three generations of rulers who were involved in constructing the structure. The Qutub Minar has ruins of many ancient structures within the Qutub Complex. There are several mosques and tombs inside the complex including Tomb of Iltutmish, which was constructed in 1235 AD., Alai Darwaza, which stands north to Qutub Minar was constructed by Alaud-Din-Khalji with an intention to make it twice the size of Qutub Minar. But he died after completing just one storey of the structure. There is a mosque inside the complex called Quwwat-ul-Islam, constructed by Qutub-ud-din in 1198. Other monuments here include an Iron pillar, Tomb of Imam Zamin, Alauddin Khilji’s tomb and Madarsa, and Alai Minar etc.

The Qutub Minar is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of India's most visited monuments. The Complex opens from Sunrise to Sunset. The visitors are charged an entry fee and cameras are also charged extra here.

 
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