Information Qutub complex
Qutub Minar is world heritage site. At 73 m it is the highest single tower in India. It was built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. While some say it was constructed as a tower of victory marking the beginning of Muslim dominion in India, some others say it simply served as a minaret to call the faithful to prayer. 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.
At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. Its name means "The Might of Islam Mosque" and an inscription over its eastern gate states that it was built with materials obtained from demolishing '27 Hindu temples'. Hindu motifs from these temples are still clearly visible on the pillars of the mosque.
In the courtyard of the mosque stands the mysterious Iron Pillar of Delhi. Dating from the 4th-century, this 7 m high pillar is one of the metallurgical interests of the world. An inscription around the pillar states that it was originally made as a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu god Vishnu. What the inscription does not tell us however is how it was made, for the most interesting thing about this pillar is that the iron has still not rusted after 1700 years.
The site is located in southern Delhi, a 2 km walk or a 40 rupee tuk-tuk ride from the Qutub Minar metro station.
Entrance 600INR (8USD in 2020)