Qutub Minar – The Tallest Minaret in India

by Mark Wiens on May 20, 2013 · 4 comments

Qutub Minar Complex

Qutub Minar Complex

While in Delhi, I had the opportunity to visit Qutub Minar, one of the most important historical icons of the city.

The attraction is one of the main UNESCO World Heritage sites in Delhi.

Ruins at Qutub Minar

Ruins at Qutub Minar

After paying the 250 Rupees entrance fee, I began to browse the many ruins and structures positioned within the complex.

Quwwat-ul Mosque

Quwwat-ul Mosque

Located next to the minaret is Quwwat-ul Mosque, one of the original Delhi mosques built by a Mughal ruler.

72.5 meter tall minaret

72.5 meter tall minaret

But it’s the jaw dropping sight of the 72.5 meter tall minaret, which served as a watch tower, that made visiting Qutub Minar one of the top things to do in Delhi.

It’s mainly constructed of red sandstone, with sections dating back nearly 1,000 years ago.

Details of the minaret

Details of the minaret

Again, just like many of the historical attractions in India, like the Agra Fort, the fine details were extremely impressive.

Carved into the minaret were countless writings and depictions.

Qutub Minar in Delhi, India

Qutub Minar in Delhi, India

Giant flocks of birds dwelling within the ruins and flying back and forth from perch to perch added to the already amazing ambiance.

A favorite place to take photos

A favorite place to take photos

There are also a number of Mughal tombs at Qutub Minar, one of them being a favorite place for photos.

The marble and red sandstone carvings were intricately carved and some were well preserved.

Friendly students

Friendly students

While Qutub Minar is a popular foreign tourist attraction, it also attracts many local Indians as well, including lots of students who always love to be photographed!

Start of a new minaret

Start of a new minaret

Just a few hundred meters from the main minaret is the base of another minaret that was started and never completed.

This minaret was intended to be even taller and grander than the original, but unfortunately it never happened.

Located in South Delhi, Qutub Minar is one attraction you don’t want to miss when you’re in Delhi.

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4 Comments

Himanshu Mehra May 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Hey Mark, Great photos of Qutub Minar, I have been there twice when I was in Delhi. It was good to know more about this minaret and click some photos.

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Gabriel May 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm

That must have been beautiful to see. Everytime I read or hear someone say Rupees I always think of gems being used as currency lol.

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Juuhhii May 27, 2013 at 2:19 am

I live in Delhi….
Qutab MInar is jst Awesome…….

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Amit September 12, 2013 at 2:26 am

Do you know the new minar that was uncompleted would have much longer than the Qutumb minar..

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