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Ticket price for Qutub Minar for Foreign citizens is Rs 250/-

Children upto 15 years of age are allowed free.

Qutub Minar is more than a just a minaret but is one of the major historical attractions of India and is invariably the pride of Delhi. Suffering ravages of time and elements this minaret has stood tall above all. Believing that this monument is a result of several events that transpired in the past this monument is hallowed as heavenly. However the important purpose of constructing the monument was for making calls for prayers. The minaret is surrounded by lush green gardens and this clandestine verdant landscape once said to house close to 27 Hindu and Jain temples. As far as tourists are considered the Qutub Minar is one of the first monuments that come to mind while speaking of architectural marvels, is a well known historical site and UNESCO world heritage site.


History- The history of Qutub Minar is fragmented in various times of construction, extension and renovation. Starting off there are slight differences of opinion regarding the purpose of the tower. While some state that this was a monument of victory, the most accepted understanding is that Minar (Tower) was attached to the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and was made for the Muslim priest to climb atop and offer prayers. There are various theories associated with the construction of the Minar. While some say that it was used as an observatory by Aryabhatt, other say that the monument was built Prithvi Chavan for his daughter to see the Yamuna River. There is also no dearth of extra terrestrial links associated with the monuments. But no of these claims and theories have sufficient proof to substantiate claims. However one thing is certain that a couple of levels of this monument was built by Qutubuddin and the later levels were constructed by his successor Altamash. The initial structure was constructed in 1192. This is the tallest brick minaret in the world, exclusively built in red brick and sandstone epitomizing a confluence of Indo-Islamic and afghan architecture.


Architecture- The architecture of the monument is distinctive and lively and though it may seem to be just a five storied tower. Each tower of the monument has an intrinsic design. Inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan the minar epitomizes various designs of distinguished architectural schools of thought. The base of the Qutub Minar measures 14.32 meters while the uppermost portion of the minar measures 2.75 meters. The base of the monument has an alternative angular design and circular flutings the second level of the monument is round. The third level of the has angular flutings. The balconies of the Qutub Minar add further beauty to the monument.


This monument has been twice hit by lighting and has suffered various hazards that have caused damages. But of these damages were repaired during the reign of Muhammed bin Tughlaq and Ferozshah Tughlaq. During the reign of Ferozshah the top storey of the Qutub Minar was repaired and the floor was elevated.

 

Tourist attractions near Qutub Minar- The places around Qutub Minar are also worth visiting beyond any doubt. One of the main attractions of the complex is the Iron Pillar. This iron pillar is one of the metallurgical interests of the world. There is also a popular belief associated with the iron pillar. It is believed and is still told that anyone standing next to pillar with his back against the column and encircles the monument will have their wishes fulfilled. However the Government has now built a fence over the garden for sake of protection. Another facet of the place is the marble pavilions. It is believed that the pavilion was erected and then repaired by Feroz Shah himself. Later the pavilion was destroyed due to an earthquake and the repaired by Sikandar Lodi. Major Smith renovated the entire structure and the pavilions in 1794. Now the pavilion is placed between Dak Bungalow and the Minar in the garden.


This is indeed one of the most touring monuments of India as it stands tall despite be subjected to the mercy of elements for some many years.





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