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Qutub Minar, New Delhi

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Surrounded by historic ruins, Qutub Minar represents the tallest brick minaret in the world, recognized as a World Heritage Site. Begun in 1200 and completed over the following two centuries, the tower stands at a height of 73 m (240 ft). Explore the surrounding archeological sites to discover many traditional funerary buildings, gates, mosques, and other temples. Wander the complex and admire the minaret from multiple angles, and you'll immediately notice its intricate, multi-hued sandstone brickwork and carvings arranged in semi-cylindrical patterns. Make Qutub Minar a part of your New Delhi vacation plans using our New Delhi vacation generator.
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  • The Qutab Minar is one of my favorite monuments in Delhi. (Its only rival as my favorite is Humayan’s Tomb). The building of this amazing minaret began in 1193 to commemorate the victory of the Muslim...  more »
  • It is a magnificient tower built over a 1000 years ago depicting an architectural marvel. It is a must visit for all travellers to Delhi.  more »
  • The ruins are well worth the ramble around and it's very helpful to have a guide to fill in the basis for everything  more »
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  • 73 metre standing tall - Qutub Minar, is the tallest brick minaret in the world and second highest minar in india after Fateh burj at Mohalli. Built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The minar tilts just over 65 cm from the vertical. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled. Believe is all about :) Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 379 steps leads to the top. Before 1974, the general public was allowed access to the top of the minar accessed through a narrow staircase. On 4 December 1981, 45 people were killed in the stampede and there were 300 to 400 people inside the minar at that time that followed an electricity failure that plunged the tower's staircase into darkness. Most of the victims were children because at the time school children were allowed free access to historical monuments on Fridays. Subsequently, public access to the inside of the tower has been stopped. [Source: Wikipedia] What does excite me to visit? Clearly it just a minar standing tall, not allowed to step inside to climb up to the top, an open Mosque which Islams offers their prayers, open garden area. But it has one of the best view to watch an airplane cross. During early winter season, one can sit quietly at garden area and grab a good book. Watch sunset glimpse and of course airplane which flies almost every 15-20 mins. Best place to explore your photography trick. Note: You can get the audio guide for INR 250, take a tour and re-live the history.
  • kutub minar a papular public place in india /its so amzing and beautiful,its state of 90 degree
  • amazing architecture that shows the great history of India. this site is registered with UNESCO as word heritage site. Islamic architecture is so beautiful which amazingly mixed with hindu and buddhist architectures. the work of this minar started in 1200 ad by Qutb al-Din Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, many storied to be told for this complex, i recommend to read or take a guide to feel the glory of this site and islamic era in india history.  The site is maintained well. nearest metro station is qutub minar station. entry fee is 30 rupees for locals and 500 rupees for foreigners which is huge difference as usual in india!! the missing in this place is that no cultural exhibition or signages to make you feel the glory behind the red stones!!!
  • Ome of the tallest and ancient sculpture. Marvelous carvings and writings. You can get there by a cab, auto although taking the metro is the best option.
  • Not worth for money. The offer is not justifiable compared to other heritage places. Furthermore, it not justifiable that foreigners pay 500 INR compare to Indians that pay only 30 INR. On the overall, except this complaint, the place is very nice and well maintained.