Qutub Minar

This is a heritage site standing for years and has a majestic view. This famous building is in New Delhi, Mehrauli near the Qutub Minar metro station.The construction of the minaret was started in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and it was continued and completed by Iltutmish. This grand building was built with marble and red sandstone. Now declared as the UNESCO heritage site this building stands as the example of Islamic-Hindu architecture with Arabic inscriptions from Quran in it. This minaret houses the famous iron pillar that was constructed during the era of Chandragupta I and stands without any harm in it. This is believed to be the second tallest minaret of the world after FatehBurj in Chappar Chiti. 379 stairs carry you to the top of the Minar that is at a height 72.5 metres or 237.8 feet. The construction credit of the fifth storey goes to Firoz Shah Tughlaq. There are other remains and ruins of magnificient buildings around the Minar. This is collectively called the Qutub Complex. The grand mosque Qwwat-ul-Islam is centrally located in this complex and is also famous because this was the first recognised mosque in the city of Delhi.The Minaret has five storeys. Each storeys are divided by projecting balconies. The minar starts tapering after 50 meters from the ground. This has been the attraction for many a years rather decades.

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Travel Tips

If you are planning tovisit this monument during summer then you must do it in the afternoons or the evening to avoid the scorching heat of the sun during the day. Carrying a small meal will help you have it in any of the adjacent lawns made for people to sit in. During winters any time of the day is appropriate for visiting the monument. Water should be kept along. The walk around the monument and its complex demands water! October to March is the best time to visit the heritage. The minaret is open for 12 hours all days a week that is 6 A.M in the morning to 6 P.M in evening.

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Things to do

As this is huge complex it takes time to walk around the full complex. The complex has many other adjacent places of tourist attraction. A visit to the minar is often associated with the visit around all these places. Therefore the day of visiting is quite eventful. Local guided tour are available here. Bus and cab transfers make it easy to travel to the world Heritage Site of UNESCO. The majestic place keeps the people attracted and mesmerizing view keeps the traveller occupied. Shopping complex around the place helps shopaholics to shop.

Getting Around

Reaching this historical building is not a problem. Auto-Rickshaw and private cars are available for taking you to the destination. Network of buses are available all through out New Delhi.

Places to Stay

If you’re in the mood to splurge, then the Radisson Blu Hotel is one of the perfect options to go for. The decor is a mix of the medieval with the modern, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. This 5-star hotel provides all the amenities you might need, and the restaurants within this hotel provide some of the most delicious cuisines. 

If you’re looking for comfortable places to put up at, which will not burn a hole in your pocket, then Avalon Courtyard and Peppermint West might be two good choices. Both these hotels provide all the basic amenities, internet services, and much more. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and the hotels have a very nice ambience to go with their fantastic provisions.

If you're for a good budget hotel, with clean rooms, and a number of options available, in terms of the kind of room required. Another low range hotel is Hotel Star Paradise. They provide room service, they have a rooftop restaurant, and free Wi-Fi services too.

How to Reach

  • Reaching Qutub Minar is easy. International and national Flights take you to the Delhi internal airport that is Indira Gandhi National Airport. Taxis and cabs can be booked from the airport. The taxis are AC or Non AC coaches that are available carries you to the Qutub Minar.
  • There are many railway station adjacent to the Minaret. Trains services to and fro is available all around the city. Metro offer the best services. Auto can be hired in from the metro station. The nearby Metro Station is Qutub Minar. The nearest railway station is New Delhi.
  • Bus services from all major locations of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available to take you to Delhi. Delhi Transport Corporation provides with cab and bus service. Air conditioned travel transfers is preferable during the summer.

Surrounding Attractions

The Qutub complex in itself is a store house of old buildings and houses many important attractions. The metallurgical curiosity of Iron Pillar that withstand time is known to have been built during the time of Chandragupta I, but till date it stands without any rust. This has India’s oldest mosque the qwwat-ul-Islam. Adjacent to the complex is the Mehrauli Archaeological Park. This park spreads over 200 acres. This houses Lal Kot that was built by the Tomar Rajputs. This consists of relics from almost all the ruling dynasties of Delhi Sultanate. Tomb of Balban, Jamali Kamali mosque, Jahaj Mahal, Zafar Mahal and Hauj-I-shamsi are the places of tourist attractions around Qutub Minar. Qutub Minar is located at a distance of 16 km from Connaught place.

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