Alai Minar, New Delhi

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  • This is an abandoned construction of a minar near the famous Qutab Minar. It is believed to be built taller than minar but due to King’s demise, the construction was put on hold in between. Its is oft...  more »
  • The construction of what was to become a colossal minaret, much more that its neighbour Qutub Minar, not in stayed only in draft form. The construction was undertaken to commemorate a great victory. But the sultan at the time died while the first floor just to be done. His successors should continue the work according to the tradition, but this is not done for x reason. Therefore, not a ruin, but a unfinished monument. It is his interest, when you understand the history. Located on an emblematic site including other wonders, it is interesting to approach.
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  • It was supposed to look like qutub minar and even taller than that. But, after the death of the ruler , the construction was stopped by the succeeding ruler. Half built and fetches no attention.  more »
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  • The Qutub Minar  is a minaret that forms a part of the Qutab Complex , a UNESCO world Heritage site  in the Mehrauli  area of Delhi, India.Qutub Minar is a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys, with a 14.3 metres (47 feet) base diameter, reducing to 2.7 metres (9 feet) at the peak. It contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. Its design is thought to have been based on the Minaret of Jam, in western Afghanistan.
  • The Alai Minar is an unfinished tower in the Qutub Complex, construction of which was started by Alauddin Khilji. After Khilji had doubled the size of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque he decided to constructed a tower which would be twice the height of the Qutub Minar. Construction of the Alai Minar came to a halt in 1316 following the death of Alauddin Khilji. Today the Alai Minar, a massive red rubble structure stands at a height of 2.5 meters.
  • It is an incomplete minar built by Alauddin Khilji. He had planned it to be twice the size of the Qutab Minar but he died before it could be completed. It is located few hundred meters away from Qutub Minar. Today, you can only see the ruins of the incomplete structure. The Qutub complex is surrounded by various medieval structures. This site is beautiful and surroundings are green. The nearest metro station is Qutub MInar.Throughout history monarches have undertaken construction of massive monuments to preserve their glory for posterity. Same goes with Sultan Aalauddin Khilji. Not content with commissioning a Madrasa and his own tomb within the Qutub Minar complex, he sought to outdo the Qutub Minar by constructing right next to Qutub Minar a tower called Alai Minar which was meant to be double in every sense to Qutub... height, girth and grandeur!!! Unfortunately the Sultan passed away before his dream tower was erected and his successors were not interested in carrying out the pending construction to completion. Nevertheless it stands as a mute testimony to royal ambitions.
  • Alauddin Khalji 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 Khalji 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. The Qutb Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world, inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, it is an important example of early Afghan architecture, which later evolved into Indo-Islamic Architecture. The Qutb Minar is 72.5 metres (239 ft) high, has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony carried on muqarnas corbel and tapers from a diameter 14.3 metres at the base to 2.7 metres at the top, which is 379 steps away. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with surrounding buildings and monuments. Built as a Victory Tower, to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori over the Rajput king, Prithviraj Chauhan, in 1192 AD, by his then viceroy, Qutbuddin Aibak, later the first Sultan of Mamluk dynasty. Its construction also marked the beginning of Muslim rule in India. Even today the Qutb remains one of the most important "Towers of Victory" in the Islamic world. Aibak however, could only build the first storey, for this reason the lower storey is replete with eulogies to Mohammed Ghori.
  • The Qutb complex is a collection of monuments and buildings from the Delhi Sultanate at Mehrauli in Delhi in India, which were built on the ruins of Lal Kot, which consisted of 27 Hindu and Jain temples and Qila-Rai-Pithora (Prithviraj Chauhan's city, whom Muhammad Ghori's Afghan armies had earlier defeated and killed in the Second Battle of Tarain).[1] The Qutub Minar in the complex, named after Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, was built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who later became the first Sultan of Delhi of the Mamluk dynasty. The Minar was added upon by his successor Iltutmish (a.k.a. Altamash), and much later by Firoz Shah Tughlaq, a Sultan of Delhi from the Tughlaq dynasty in 1368 AD. The Qubbat-ul-Islam Mosque (Dome of Islam), later corrupted into Quwwat-ul Islam,[2] stands next to the Qutb Minar.[3][4 Srb Prajapati
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