Qutub Minar, History, Architecture
Qutub Minar: The Tallest Monument in India

The tall and ever attractive monument of Delhi which can be seen from most parts of the city is called the Qutab Minar. Every body has the same question when one sees the structure for the first time. The question that is often being put up is "Why the monument is that big?" or "Was there any specific reason to build such a tall building or it was just a wish of the person who built it?" Well, the exact reason is assumed to have something related to commemorating the victory. Mughals used to build victory towers to proclaim and celebrate victories. Some say the minaret was used to offer prayer but it is so tall that you can hear the person standing on the top. Also, the minaret is not joined on to Qutuddin's mosque and the Iltutmish's mosque.

Qutab Minar is among the tallest and famous towers in the world. The minaret is 234 feet high and the highest individual tower in the world. Other towers in the world are the Great Pagoda in Pekin, China and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy but these towers are not as high as the Qutab Minar in Delhi.

According to history books, the minar was started by Prithviraj or his uncle Vigraharaja who won Delhi from the Tomar Rajputs. However, it is assumed and historians believe that Qutubuddib and Iltutmish finished it though the minar may have been commenced by Prithviraj or Vigraharaja. The minar was completed in 1200 A.D and since then the tall structure has been there upright and ever beautiful keeping an eye to Delhi just like a sentry. When Alauddin returned from the wars in the Deccan, he had this thought in mind that he would build a victory tower somewhat similar to the Qutab Minar. The ruins of this very initiative can be seen adjacent to the Qutbuddin's mosque because Alauddin died at the very start of the construction work and no one carried on to finish the initiative taken by Alauddin.

Qutab Minar is another great masterpiece of Mughal architecture. It has a number of floors or storeys which has beautiful carvings like the one on the tomb of Iltutmish. There are inscriptions all round the tower and these inscriptions reveal that Iltutmish finised the tower. The structure of the wall is made as such that it widens from top to bottom, just to make the minar stronger.

Moving upstairs inside the minar will give you a wonderful experience and counting the stairs is always a fun for visitors. It has 378 steps which takes good amount of energy to reach at the top. The top of the tower gives an insight to Delhi because you get to see the bird's eye view of the city. To point a few sight seeing from the top, you will find views of the Hauz Khaz on the left and the walls of the Jahanpanah and Siri on the right. It was this very top of Qutab Minar that was used by Khilji and Tughlaq kings to watch the wild Mongol hordes when they threatened Delhi. The top also served as the watch top for Tughlaq who watched Timur's army camp on the Wellingdon Airport. Other important monuments that is visible from the top are the walls of Tughlaqabad, Humayun's Tomb, Purana Qila, Firoz Shah Kotla and Jama Masjid.

The minar did receive some damage because of earthquakes on more than a couple of occasions but was reinstated and renovated by the respective rulers. During the rule of Firoz Shah, the minar's two top floors got damaged due to earthquake but were repaired by Firoz Shah. In the year 1505, earthquake again struck and it was repaired by Sikandar Lodi. Later on in the year 1794, the minar faced another earthquake and it was Major Smith, an engineer who repaired the affected parts of the minar. He replaced Firoz Shah's pavilion with his own pavilion at the top. The pavilion was removed in the year 1848 by Lord Hardinge and now it can be seen between the Dak Bungalow and the Minar in the garden. The floors built by Firaz Shah can be distinguished easily as the pavilions was built of white marbles and are quite smooth as compared to other ones.

The minar is not that erect as it used to be because of wears and tears over the past several years. Closely looking at the mina rives you an idea that it is somewhat tilled towards one side. The minar is very sincerely looked after by the authorities much like the same as other historic monuments in the country.


Delhi Map - Qutub Minar
Hotels near Qutub Minar
Hotel Grand Sartaj
Address: D 15, Amar Bhavan, Hauz Khas, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, DL 110010
Distance: 4.0 km
Phone: 093 10 201307
Website: www.maharanigroupofhotels.com
 
Urban Ashram
Address: D-12, New Delhi, Delhi (state) 110016
Distance: 4.2 km
Phone: 011 4615 1818
Website: www.myurbanashram.com
 
Hotel Oscar
Address: Hauz Khas Enclave, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
Distance: 3.6 km
Phone: 011 2651 5151
Website: www.hoteloscar.in
 
The Heritage (Bed & Breakfast)
Address: C-4/140, Safdarjung Development Area, New Delhi, DL 110016
Distance: 3.9 km
Phone: 011 6563 7980
 
Amarya Haveli
Address: Hauz Khas Enclave, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, DL 110016
Distance: 3.0 km
Phone: 011 4175 9268
Website: www.amaryagroup.com
 
The Visaya
Address: N 82, Panchshil Park, New Delhi, Delhi, 110017
Star Rating: 4 star hotel ****
Distance: 5.1 km
Phone: 011 4319 0000
Phone: www.thevisaya.com
 
Justa- The Residence Panchsheel Park
Address: S-362, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi, Delhi, 110017
Distance: 4.6 km
Website: www.justahotels.in
 
Hotel Beyond
Address: A-91, Shivalik Road, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, DL 110017
Distance: 4.0 km
Phone: 098 11 052059
Website: www.beyondhotel.in
 
Qutub Residency
Address: 81,Adchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, DL 110017
Distance: 1.8 km
Phone: 011 2652 6192
Website: www.qutubresidency.com
 
Sage Hotel
Address: 4, Navjeevan Vihar, Near Saket Golf Course, New Delhi, DL 110017
Distance: 2.7 km
Phone: 011 2669 1084
Website: www.sagehotel.co.in
 
The Excellency-New Delhi
Address: Geetanjali Marg, Shivalik, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, DL 110017
Distance: 2.4 km
Phone: 011 2669 1530
Website: www.excellency.co.in
 
Country Inn By Carlson Delhi Saket
Address: A1, Dlf South Court,, District Center Saket, New Delhi, 110017
Distance: 4.6 km
Phone: 011 4011 1555
Website: www.countryinns.com
 
Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket
Address: A4, Saket District Centre, Pushp Vihar, New Delhi, DL 110017
Star Rating: 5 star hotel *****
Distance: 4.3 km
Phone: 011 3919 1919
Website: www.hilton.com
 
Sheraton New Delhi
Address: District Centre, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi, 110017
Star Rating: 5 star hotel *****
Distance: 4.2 km
Phone: 011 4266 1122
Website: www.itchotels.in
 
Clarion Collection
Address: Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, Mehrauli
Distance: 4.2 km
Phone: 011 4120 0000
Website: www.clarionnewdelhi.com
 
BnB Chrysalis
Address: Saket, New Delhi, DL 110017
Distance: 3.3 km
Phone: 011 4609 9496
Website: www.bnbchrysalisindia.com
 
Svelte Hotel and Personal Suites
Address: A-3, District Centre, Select City Walk,, Saket, New Delhi, DL 110017
Star Rating: 5 star hotel *****
Distance: 3.0 km
Phone: 011 4051 2000
Website: www.svelte.in
 
Silver Ferns
Address: 31-32, Community Centre, Saket, New Delhi 110017
Distance: 2.7 km
Phone: 011 4054 3333
Website: www.silverfernsindia.com
 
Trinity Art Hotel
Address: E 147 Saket, Saket, New Delhi, DL 110017
Distance: 2.5 km
Phone: 011 4056 8989
Website: www.trinityarthotel.com
 
Saket Bed and Breakfast
Address: D-21, 3rd Floor, Swaran Villa, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110017
Distance: 2.1 km
Phone: 011 4101 3398
Website: www.saketbedandbreakfast.com
 
The Stay Inn New Delhi
Address: 253/3 Forest Lane Neb Sarai Sainik Farm near Country, Club Opp Saket, New Delhi, DL 110068
Distance: 3.7 km
Phone: 011 2953 2619
Website: www.thestay-inn.com
 
Nirvana Hostel
Address: Ignou Road 144/145, New Delhi, DL 110030
Distance: 3.6 km
Phone: 099 99 728165
Website: www.nirvanahostel.com

Restaurants near Qutub Minar
Cheri
European
Timings: 12.30pm to 12.30am
Meal for two - Rs. 2200/-
Address: 1501, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Phone: 9811123031
 
Days of the Raj
North Indian
Timings: Noon to 3.30pm, 7pm to Midnight
Meal for two - Rs. 1500/-
Address: Plot No. 81, Business No. 81/3, 1st Floor, Adchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi
Phone: 26531850, 26531377, 9717380055
 
Fio
Multi-Cuisine (Pan-Indian, Italian)
Timings: Noon to 4pm, 7pm to 12.30am
Meal for two - Rs. 3000/-
Address: Gate No. 1, Garden of Five Senses, Saidulajab, New Delhi
Phone: 9971004530-31
 
Magique
Oriental (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indonesian, Mongolian, Malay)
Timings: 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 7.30pm to 12.30am
Meal for two - Rs. 3500/-
Address: F-5/6, Garden of Five Senses, Saidulajab, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, New Delhi
Phone: 29536767
 
Marbella's
Coffee Shop/All-Day Dining
Timings: 24 Hours
Meal for two - Rs. 2000/-
Address: Tivoli Garden Resort Hotel, Chhattarpur Mandir Road, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Phone: 26301111, 64691111-15, 9818831242
 
Mishtaan Cafe
Mithais, Multi-Cuisine (North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, European)
Timings: 8am to 11pm
Meal for two - Rs. 350/-
Address: 7, Bashisht Complex, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, New Delhi
Phone: 65670163-64
 
Olive Bar & Kitchen
Mediterranean
Timings: Noon to 12.30am
Meal for two - Rs. 3500/-
Address: One Style Mile, Kalka Das Marg, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Phone: 29574443/44, 9811198444
 
Poppadom
South Indian (Andhra), Seafood
Timings: Noon to 3pm, 7.30pm to 11pm
Meal for two - Rs. 1500/-
Address: 1091/1, Ambavatta Complex, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Phone: 26644289, 9899000086
 
Thai High
Oriental (Thai, Chinese, Malay, Singaporean, Vietnamese)
Timings: Noon to 1am
Meal for two - Rs. 2000/-
Address: 3rd Floor, Ambawatta Complex, Kalkadas Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Phone: 26644289, 26641796
 
Trishna
Seafood, Multi-Cuisine (North Indian, Chinese)
Timings: Noon to 3.30pm, 7pm to 11.30pm
Meal for two - Rs. 7000/-
Address: Plot No. 4/1-14, Ward No.1, Opp Qutub Minar, Khasara No. 1516 & 1518, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Phone: 26645477-78
 
Va Bene
Coffee Shop/All-Day Dining
Timings: 24 Hours
Meal for two - Rs. 1500/-
Address: The Qutub, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi
Phone: 41200000

Railway Stations near Qutub Minar