Qutub Minar is one of the ancient monuments situated at the heart of India, Delhi. It can be said as the true masterpiece of the Mughal Islamic craftsmanship and holds a historic importance. The minaret has holy verses of Quran inscribed in it and detailed carvings making it a reason to be the main tourist destination in Delhi. There are also a few ruins and gardens to decorate the ground around the minaret.
A special project has been announced on Qutub Minar by the Delhi government, so as to boost the tourism in Delhi. This has made necessary for everyone to understand varied facts about this historical monument that would attract a huge crowd of tourists in future.
So, here are the 8 major facts related to this ancient monument:
1. Almost 10 crore INR has been allocated to Qutub Minar by the government for the development of tourism in Delhi keeping in mind the popularity of this minaret.
2. The construction of a skywalk between Qutub Minar and the metro station is expected to commence to attract the tourists.
3. It is regarded as the tallest brick monument having an incredible height of 72.5 meters.
4. It is also included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi.
5. Qutub Minar complex consists of different ancient structures of the Mughal dynasty. The first storey of the Qutub Minar was completed in the lifetime of Qutb-ud-din. His son-in-law and successor, Iltumush, added the next three storeys.
6. Other monuments or structures of Qutub complex are: Alai Minar, Tomb of Imam Zamin, Alai Darwaza, Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, Iron Pillar, Ala-ud-din Madrasa and Tomb of Iltutmish
7. The Qutub Minar monument was constructed by Qutb-ud-din Aibak as the remark of his victory over the last Hindu kingdom of Delhi. The main brick tower was constructed by him.
8. In 1368, the fifth and last storey of Qutub Minar was built by Firoz Shah Tughlak.
These incredible facts certainly define why Qutub Minar has been chosen for the latest tourism project initiated by the Delhi government and why this minaret a must visit place in Delhi for every tourist.
Some of the other lesser known facts of this minaret are:
• Qutub Minar was built in 1192 A.D
• Building of Qutub Minar took around about 75 years to build completely.
• Qutab Minar has 379 steps or stairs in total.
• At the foot of the tower is Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India.
• It has 5 storeys in total and each tower has been uniquely designed.
• It has a diameter of 14.3 meters at the bottom of the minaret which decreases to 2.4 meters at the top.
• First three towers of the minaret are built with sandstone and the top two towers are built with marble and sandstone.
You can time your visit at Qutub Minar from sunrise till sunset. This place is a must visit at the time of sunset especially to have a striking and mesmerizing experience because of the decorative light show in the evening.
Visit Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM (open all days)
– Indian citizens- Rs. 30 per person, Children up to 15 years of age- Free entry
– Foreign nationals- Rs. 500 per person
How to Reach Qutub Minar: Via Metro – Board from any nearest Metro station from your place and reach Qutub Minar station by following the DMRC map.
Via DTC buses- Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Bus Service is offered by Delhi Tourism to reach the minaret.