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Alai Minar, New Delhi
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Alai Minar is located inside the Qutub Complex and it is a ruin of base section of a tower. The builder's intention was to built a tower taller and bigger than Qutub Minar. The construction of tower w... read more »
05 March, 2016. Given that we are long-time Delhi residents, probably the only time we get to visit monuments of interest in our home town, is when we have visitors. When one of my cousins came over w... read more »
You pay for Qutab Minar. This is a huge started pillar on the grounds. It let's you guess the size of it, which would have been monumental. Unfortunately it never made it over the status of the first ... read more »
Alai Minar is an incomplete monument that lies within the Qutb complex in South Delhi. Sultan Ala-ud-Din Khalji was an over ambitious Sultan of the Khilji dynasty and won many wars and battles. After a win from one of his Deccan campaigns, the Sultan dreamt of constructing a huge Tower or Minar to commemorate his victory. He wanted a structure that would double the height of Qutub Minar in order to be remembered as the only Sultan who dared to create such a monumental masterpiece that was grander and more spectacular than the Qutub Minar of Qutb-ud-din Aibak of the Slave dynasty that ruled before him. Sultan Ala-ud-din Khalji also executed the plan and increased the size of the enclosures of the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Masjid by four times its original size to provide a ceremonial entrance gateway on either sides of the mosque. He wanted the Alai Minar to match up with the size of the increased height of the mosque and also wanted a second tower of victory under his name and hence the Alai Minar began to take its shape. The construction was completed up till the first storey and at a height of 24.5 metres but unfortunately, the construction was abandoned after the death of Sultan Ala-ud-din Khalji in 1316 AD and the subsequent successors could not continue the further construction as they were defeated and the Delhi Sultanate was taken over by the Tughlaq dynasty.
This one was going to be twice the size of qtub minar. Double the circumference and double the height. Construction was abandoned after death of alauddin khilji.
This incomplete minar would have been such a majestic monument if it was finished. Yet, it still shows you the power a person loses, once his reign is over.
It was a great experience visting it
Incomplete structure yet so magnificent.
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