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Alai Minar, New Delhi
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  • No contenting some folk. Qutb Minar obviously wasn't impressive enough. Onwards and upwards. Hassan Tower in Rabat, Morocco, springs to mind. Mingun Pagoda, just upriver from Mandalay, is a monstrous ...  more »
  • 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...  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...  more »
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  • Just if Alaadin complete this minar it will be one of the World Wonders. It's huge
  • Unfulfilled dream of Alauddin Khilji.
  • 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.
  • The Alai Minar is an incomplete monument and an incomplete dream of Alauddin khalji. Cause the construction work of this was abandoned after his death, otherwise it was planned to be double size of the Qutub Minar.
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