Qutub Minar Travel Guide, Information, Tips and Best Information
Qutub Minar One of the most popular places to see in Delhi, Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, presenting a glimpse into the grandeur of the past. Owing to its worldwide popularity Qutub Minar has become an integral part of every Delhi Tour.
Delhi Qutub Minar boasts of being one of the tallest minarets in the world as the height of Qutub Minar is 72.5 meters. Built in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, it is considered to be first building, marking the arrival of Muslim rulers in the country. Although there are also a few contradicting theories on the same.
Surrounded by an appealing garden, Qutub Minar creates a sight worth remembering. Tourists also come to relax here at the garden and admiring the imposing figure of the minaret. Most of them can be seen taking photos of this stunning architecture, to remember the experience through Qutub Minar images.
There are many stories about Qutub Minar construction. As per some, this minaret was built as symbol of victory and to mark the start of Islamic invasion, while according to some it was built for the purpose of praying. According to the widely accepted history of this minaret, it was Qutub-ud-din Aibak the first Muslim conqueror of Delhi who built Qutub Minar in in 1192.
As per the Qutub Minar history, although the construction was stated by him, only the basement of the minaret could be completed during his reign. The main mosque was also built in 1197. Later, three more storeys were added to the minar during the rule of his successor Iltutmish around 1230. After that again in 1368, the last storey of the Qutub Minar was added by Firoz Shah Tughlak.
One could access the top of the Qutub Minar before the year of 1974. Through a path via a narrow staircase, tourists could reach the top and enjoy the mesmerising view of the surrounding areas. Later due to an unfortunate accident in 1981, the entry was prohibited.
In the month of December, 1981, there were around 300-400 tourists inside the minar when an electricity failure occurred; this led to complete darkness inside the staircase. This in turn led to stampede. Around 45 people died in that incident. This resulted in banning entry to the inside of tower. However, the architecture of Qutub Minar is equally captivating from outside, making this place worth visiting.
PLACES TO VISIT IN DELHI
If your plan is to visit Delhi during your holidays, it is good to know about tourist places near delhi