Qutub Minar also spelled Qutb or Qutab, is the tallest minar (73 metres) in India originally an ancient Islamic Monument, inscribed with Arabic inscriptions, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Delhi, the Qutb Minar is made of red sandstone and marble. The stairs of the tower has 379 steps, is 72.5 metres (237.8 ft) high, and has a base diameter of 14.3 metres, which narrows to 2.7 metres at the top. Construction was started in 1192 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak and was carried on by his successor, Iltutmish.
Located in Mehrauli, in southern Delhi, just 16 kilometers from the central circle of Connaught Place (Rajeev Chowk) stands the world famous, red sandstone and marble, tower of victory, the Qutab Minar. Qutab Minar is the highest stone tower in India. 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. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.
Best time to vist Qutub Minar is October to March
Opens from sunrise to sunset
Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) – Rs. 10 per head.
Others: US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head
(children up to 15 years free)
Other attractions in Delhi: India Gate, Rajpath, Connaught Place, Red Fort, Lodhi Gardens, Akshardham Temple, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar.
How to reach Qutub Minar by Metro: Delhi Metro(DMRC) services are available to reach Qutub Minar. Metro service to Qutub Minar is available from Central Secretariat and Gurgaon. Just board on Delhi metro from any metro station in DMRC for Qutub Minar station and follow the rail map to reach destination.
How to reach Qutub Minar by Bus: Qutub Minar is quite easy as Qutub Minar is very well connected with the low floor DTC buses. Delhi Tourism offers Delhi Darshan Day tours and cover Qutub Minar. Ho HO Buses are also available.
How to Reach Delhi:
Air: Delhi has an international Airport, the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Taxi and Coach Transfer, pre paid taxis, air conditioned and non A/C coaches all can take you to the Qutab Minar from the Airport.
Rail: Delhi is also the hub of Indian railways Network with trains running to and from all parts of the country.
Road: Buses from all the major places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available for getting to Delhi. During the summer months, air-conditioned coaches are recommended. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) operates special services from railway stations to different parts of the city.