Qutab Minar - Tallest Minaret in India
This UNESCO World Heritage monument is located in Delhi, is the tallest minaret in India at a height of 73 meters. The construction was started by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, a Turkic king and the first Sultan of Delhi, in 1192. The minaret and was finally completed by Iltutmish, who was earlier a slave of Qutub-ud-in Aibak and later became his son-in-law.
This ancient Islamic Monument has Arabic inscriptions from the Quran along with some Bhrami inscriptions too. The first three stories are made of red sandstone; while the fourth and fifth stories are of marble and sandstone. The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India, stands at the foot of the Qutub Minar.
A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque and it is believed that if you can encircle it with your hands, while standing with your back to it, your wish will be fulfilled. It is quite a sight to see many tourists trying to do so.
Nearest Metro Station : Qutab Minar
Open : All days
Entry Fee : Rs 10 (Indians), Rs 250 (foreigners)
Days Closed : None
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