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Alai Minar, New Delhi

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  • Located in the Qutub Complex, its construction was started by Alauddin Khilji. It was supposed to be constructed to be twice the height of the Qutub Minar, but it came to a halt in 1316 and never was ...  more »
  • Alai minar is unfinished minar near Qutub minar. The diameter of this minar is double than that of qutub minar. There is nothing much to see here.  more »
  • When I came across this circular pile of rocks, about 80-feet-high, at the Qutub Minar complex, I thought there must have been a lot more to the structure at one time. Ruins here reflect the make-up o...  more »
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  • Alauddin Khilji started building the Alai Minar, after he had doubled the size of Quwwat ul-Islam mosque. He conceived this tower to be two times higher than Qutb Minar in proportion with the enlarged mosque. The construction was however abandoned, just after the completion of the 24.5-metre-high (80 ft) first-story core; soon after death of Alauddin in 1316, and never taken up by his successors of Khilji dynasty. The first storey of the Alai Minar, a giant rubble masonry core, still stands today, which was evidently intended to be covered with dressed stone later on. noted Sufi poet and saint of his times, Amir Khusro in his work, Tarikh-i-Alai, mentions Ala-ud-din's intentions to extend the mosque and also constructing another minar.
  • It is an unfinished single storey tower made of rubbles and stones. This is called Alai Minar and it is believed to be an ambitious project of Alauddin Khalji who wanted to make a tower double the size and height of Qutub Minar. Alauddin Khalji was a great ruler of the Khalji dynasty which succedded the Mamluk dynasty in Delhi. However unfortunately due to the death of Alauddin Khalji, this Minar could never be completed.
  • Alauddin Khalji decided to built similar and bigger Minar than Qutub Minar. He started but died before completing it
  • The Minar is an incomplete monument, with interesting history. In short, Sultan Ala-ud-Din Khalji wished to build this tower to overshadow the neighboring Qutub Minar celebrating his victories. However, the construction was abandoned after his death
  • This is a gigantic ancient monument linked with an interesting history. Originally aimed to be twice the height of Qutub Minar , it wasn't further constructed and has not even completed one floor. Check this out. You will be amazed by the ancient architecture.