Qutub Minar-A Victory Tower

Qutub Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top.The minaret is named after Qutb-ud-din Aibak , or Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki , a Sufi saint. Its ground storey was built over the ruins of the Lal Kot, the citadel of Dhillika.

 

Aibak’s successor Iltutmish added three more storeys. Around 1192, Qutub-ud-Din Aibak envisioned Qutub Minar, but he only got to complete the basement. The construction was later taken over by his successor Iltutmish who constructed three more stories of the tower. Firoz Shah Tuglak constructed the last two storeys.

 

The Qutub tower has 397 steps across 5 distinct storeys (each featuring a balcony supported by intricate brackets). Besides, the Qutub complex has a mosque – Quwwat Ul Islam (Light of Islam), a rust-proof Iron Pillar, and Ala’i Darwaza, a domed gateway to the mosque.The Qutub Tower is the tallest minaret in India made by red sandstone and marble with a height of 72.5 m (237.8 ft). Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by many other ancient historical monuments, collectively known as Qutub complex monuments.The Qutub Minar is a towering 73 meter high tower built by Qutub -ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. This tower is the highest tower in India, complete with five storeys and projecting balconies.

 

The first rules of the Delhi Sultanate to mark his victory  against the last Hindu empire of Delhi.Aibak built only the basement of the monument and three more story’s were added by his successor,Iltutmish.Qutub Minar faced a few natural disastry.In 1369 AD, Server lightoning struck the minaret,damaging in complately.Then Sltan Firoz Shah Tuglak rebuilt the mountmet and added another story made morble and  red sandstone.That was not end.The monument was hit again by a major earthquake on September 1,1803.It was reduced to wreck after which major Robert smith of the British Indian army rebuilt it in 1828.Today that cupola is on the ground floor to the cast of Qutub Minar.

 

Today, this monument is a popular tourist attraction in Delhi and a part of the Qutub Minar Complex. It is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Delhi, a status granted to it in 1993 for its historical importance and architectural brilliance.

 

Qutub Festival, an annual cultural event, is held at this complex every year during the month of November-December. This three-day long festival witnesses a lively gathering and various mind-blowing performances by musicians, dancers, and artists.The Qutub Minar complex is under the protection of the Archeological Survey of India under its Delhi circle of monuments.

 

Qutub Minar remains open on all days of the week, and the visiting timings are from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. The best time to visit this monument is during the winter season, when the weather is cool and pleasant for sightseeing.It is very easy to reach Qutub Minar.Autorickshaws and cabs are readily available to take you there. The nearest metro station from Qutub Minar is the Qutub Minar metro station which falls on the yellow line.It is 3 km away from the monument,There are many parking lots available around the Qutub Minar.Parking area of Qutub Minar is just 800 metres away from the Minar.

 

The Qutub festival held in Qutub Minar in November-December is a tree day festival to celebrate the magnificence of the monument and flaunt its past glory to the entire world.It is organized jointly by the Delhi Tourism and transport Development corporation and the sahitya kala parishad. In this Festival Qutub Minar gets both national and international attention that it deserves.The food stally offering scrumptious regional delicacies add to the razzmatazz of the event.

 

Since Delhi withness scorching temperature in Summers.It is wise to explore and unveil the city in winters.October to march is the perfect time to visit Delhi.Qutub Minar is the most attractive monument in the world.

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