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Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutab Minar is among the tallest and famous towers in the world. The tower is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. It is  the most visited destination in India only next to Taj Mahal. But in 2006 it was the most visited place, even beating Taj Mahal. So it is easy to imagine the rush and the crowd any given day. The minaret is 234 feet high and the highest individual tower in the world.

History & Architecture

The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. The Qutub Minar is 72.5 meters high and one has 379 steps. Another taller tower adjacent to Qutub Minar is named Alai Minar which is somewhat tilted in one direction. The diameter of the base of the Qutub Minar is 14.3 meters while the top floor's diameter measures 2.7 meters.

The construction of the Qutub Minar was started by Qitub-ud-Din Aibak, but he only constructed the basement. The construction of the tower was later taken over by his successor Iltutmish who constructed three more stories. The last two storeys were completed Firoz Shah Tuglak. The different architectural styles from the time of Aibak to Tuglak are clearly visible in the Qutub Minar. This tower is the highest tower in India, complete with five storeys and projecting balconies. It was built in red and buff sandstone and covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. All the five storeys of Qutub Minar are surrounded by a projected balcony and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honeycomb designs.

In the Qutub Minar complex, there are many other remarkable buildings and structures, including the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. The Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque was the first mosque built in India.
The reason why Qutub Minar bagged a full score is because of its maintenance and of course, the audio guide. The audio guide is charged at Rs 100 and is available in multiple languages. The content on the guide is of superior quality. It is available in the form of a tablet, with a map of the entire complex. I would totally recommend this to every visitor, and definitely prefer it over non-certified guides, who generally extort money.

How to reach

Travelling to this place is easy as well. Just alight at the Qutub Metro station and take an auto from there.

If you are looking for great history and photography, this is the place. You'll get to see the history in it, it makes you feel how rich India was in its old days. The design is simply awesome and the art work done here is simply adorable. Well maintained and preserved, you will definitely enjoy the surroundings.