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Qutub Minar (Delhi)
Qutab Minar in Delhi is a beautiful 239 ft sandstone tower that stands in the Qutab complex on the Aurbindo Marg near Mehrauli and was built by Qutab ud Din Aibak of the slave dynasty. There are various other monuments in the complex like the Alai Darwaza, tombs of Iltutmish and Alaudin Khilji, 2000-year-old iron pillar etc. The Rajputana Splendour Tour offers to take you to this majestic tower with its Travel to Qutab Minar in Delhi, India
Qutab Minar is built in Indo- Islamic style and has five storeys, with each floor having a projecting balcony. This splendid minaret was completed in three stages. The first storey was completed by Qutub ud in Aibak, second, third and fourth being completed by his son in law Iltutmish and the top storey by Feroz Shah Tughlaq. The architectural genius, which you will see on Travel to Qutab Minar, will definitely leave you spell bound.
About Qutub Minar
Qutab Minar is one of the highest stone towers in India and has a diameter of about 14.32 meters at the base and about 2.75 meters the top. The structure is made of red sandstone and is heavily indented with fluting.

Close to the mosque is one of Delhi's most curious antiques, the Iron Pillar. Dating back to the 4th century AD, the pillar bears an inscription which stated that it was erected as a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu god, Vishnu, and in the memory of the Gupta king Chandragupta II (375-413). How the pillar moved to its present location remains a mystery. The pillar also highlights ancient India's achievements in metallurgy. The pillar is made of 98 per cent wrought iron and has stood. 1,600 years without rusting or decomposing.
 
In the year 1993, UNESCO included the Qutab Minar in the list of World Heritage Monuments. The archeological department has taken the initiative to look after this majestic tower and repaired the first story and the base with new sand stone pieces.
The 238 feet Qutab Minar is 47 feet at the base and tapers to nine feet at the apex. The tower is ornamented by bands of inscriptions and by four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets.
Even in ruin, the Quwwat Ui Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque in the Qutab complex is one of the most magnificent in the world. Its construction was started by Qutab-ud-din Aibak in 1193 and the mosque was completed in 1197. additions were made to the building by Iltutmush in 1230 and Alla-ud-din Khilji in 1315.
The main mosque comprises of an inner and outer courtyard, of which the inner is surrouded by an exquisite collonade, the pillars of which are made of richly decorated shafts. Most of these shafts are from the 27 Hindu temples which were plundered to construct the mosque. It is, therefore, not surprising that the Muslim mosque has typical Hindu ornamentation.

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