Qutub Minar, Delhi
Qutub Minar is a minaret located in the Qutab complex. It is a heritage site located in Delhi. Qutub Minar is a tapering tower, whichwas designed similar to the Minaret of Jam located in Western Afghanistan. The first floor of the tower was built in 12th century. The second, third and fourth floors were built in 13th century and the last floor was completed in 14th century. There were attempts to add a sixth storey to the tower, which failed. This is the victory tower of Mughal, which indicated the beginning of Muslim rule in India.
Tourist Attractions in Qutub Minar
The tower has five tapering storeys. The lower three storeys are made of pale red sandstone, the fourth is made of marble and the fifth is made of marble and sandstone. Each storey has a balcony projecting out. The balcony is surrounded by exclusive artworks. At the foot of the monument, you can find a mosque, Quwwat-ul-Islam. This is the first mosque that was built in the country. The eastern gate of the mosque holds an inscription stating that the construction material used for building the mosque comes from demolition of several temples.
A long iron pillar stands in the courtyard. It is said that if one encircles the pillar with both hands (embrace the pillar), his wishes are fulfilled. Other significant features are inner and outer courtyard, graves, tombs, madrasa and others. The tourists are not allowed to climb up the tower, today.
How to Reach Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is located in Mehrauli region of Southwest Delhi. You can easily find cabs and autos from any part of the city. You can easily reach the monument via local bus and metro. The nearest metro station is Qutub Minar station. During tourism season, you can choose to ride the hop on hop off sightseeing bus tour provided by tourism department.
Best Time to Visit Qutub Minar
The monument is less untainted with season. The Qutub Minar is at prime beauty throughout the year. Delhi has very harsh summer, which is dehydrating and very humid. Thus, it is better to avoid summer season, which starts in March and ends in June. The monsoon is pleasant but the city receives heavy rainfall making sightseeing, very uncomfortable. Thus, avoid monsoon season, which starts in July and ends in September. The winter season starts in October and ends in March. The climate is pleasing and it is the tourism season of the country. This is the best time to visit the monument.
Entry Fee and Visiting Time of Qutub Minar
The monument is open throughout the week from 7 in the morning until 5 in the evening. It takes not more than 90 minutes to explore the monument. Children below 15 are allowed to entry the monument, free of cost.
Indian citizens – INR 30 per head. Citizens of SARRC countries are also charged INR 30 per head.
Foreigners – INR 500 Per Head