Qutub Minar – World’s Tallest Brick Minaret
Qutub Minar is the World’s Tallest Brick Minaret at old Delhi, India. Qutb Complex which consists of Qutab Minar and surrounding ancient and medieval monuments are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The minar (tower) is constructed using red sandstone and marble. Qutub Minar is also known as as Qutb Minar, Qutab Minar, Kutub Minar. Kutuminar
Ghorid Dynasty rulers built Qutub Minar for which the work was started in 1200 AD by Qutb al-Din Aibak who founded the Delhi Sultanate. In 1220. his successor, Iltutmish, added 3 more floors to the tower. The top storey was destroyed completed in a lighting in 1368. After that, two floors each were added to the Qutb Minar. In 1803, a major earthquake damaged the Qutab minar seriously. Renovation works were carried out in 1828, by the British Indian Army and they installed a cupola or dome to the top of the tower.
There are verses from the Quran in the Qutub Tower or kutuminar. There are inscriptions in the Qutub tower, which reveals the history of the tower, repair works carried out, etc.
Ancient and Medieval Monuments Inside the Qutub Minar Complex
Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque on the north side of the tower was built in 1192 and it still exists. Iron pillar of Delhi, a 7 meter or 23 feet rust-resistant Iron column, weighing over 5000 kilograms, is there inside the complex. It is believed to be made in 402 CE and installed at the current site in 1233 CE. Alai Gate and the incomplete Alai Minar are also inside the complex. There is also the Tomb of Iltutmish inside the Qutub complex.
How Do I Go to Qutub Minar?
Qutab minar is situated at the capital of India, Delhi. The nearest Delhi Metro railway station is “Qutb Minar station”, on the Qutab Minar – HUDA City Center Yellow line. Delhi is well connected to all parts of India and also to the rest of the world.
Entry Restrictions at Qutub Minar
In 1981, Fourty Five people were killed due to a stampede, resulting from power failure. Subsequently, Public entry inside the tower was banned. You can still go inside the complex. you can go near to the tower and other historic sites inside the Qutub Minar complex.
Bus Pass in Delhi
Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) issues different type of bus passes like Daily pass, Weekly pass, Fortnightly pass, Monthly pass, etc. You need to contact any of the 40 offices of DTC, listed under ‘Know about Pass Sections‘.
Daily bus pass in Delhi costs Indian Rupees (INR) 40 per day, for non air-conditioned buses. Air conditioned daily bus passes in Delhi costs INR 50. Weekly bus passes costs rupees 280 and 350, for non-a/c and a/c buses, respectively.