Qutub Minar, Delhi - Timing, Ticket Price, Location & History

Qutub Minar is located in Delhi which is one of the best tourist attractions as the Tallest Monument. Know its updated ticket price and timing

Qutub Minar is the tallest and most ancient monument in India, due to this Qutub Minar has become a world-famous heritage site. That attracts more than 10,000 people every day to visit and explore it. If you want to visit and read the full article. In this, you will know the latest timing and ticket price of Qutub Minar.

Qutub Minar is a masterpiece of ancient artwork. Carving and painting on the walls increase their value. Which attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. Outside the Qutub Minar, you will get many stalls of the local street food. Where you can have a light breakfast. This place is not very expensive, you will get all the things at a good price.

Qutub Minar, Delhi
Qutub Minar, Delhi (Image Credit)

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar is one of the major historical monuments in Delhi. After coming here, you will feel like you have come in ancient times. Many parts of the Qutub Minar are broken or incomplete. It is repaired by the government from time to time. Here you will see green meadows everywhere, in which you can also sit and have a great picnic.

Visit Also: Red Fort, Delhi

Inside the Qutub Minar, you will see many beautiful carvings and paintings everywhere. Let me tell you that this carving and painting was done hundreds of years ago. But it looks like it was made a few days ago. Verses in Urdu are written all around Qutub Minar.

Qutub Minar and the nearby forts are made of red stone only. No iron bars and concrete have been used to make them. The height of Qutub Minar is 73 meters, which is 15 meters wide at the bottom and 2.7 meters wide at the top. The Qutub Minar has a magnificent balcony on all the floors.

The shocking fact is that rains, storms and earthquakes commonly occur throughout India. But this never caused any damage to Qutub Minar.

Qutub Minar inside

Qutub Minar Inside

Inside Qutub Minar, you will see the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque, Ala-Ud-Din Khilji Tomb, Iron Vishnu Pillar, Alai Darwaza, Imam Jamin Tomb, Iltumish Tom, Lauren Pillar, and Alai Minar. All these places are quite old. You can feel their history just by looking at them.

Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque

The construction of the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque was also done by Qutbuddin Aibak in 1193. Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque was built in just 4 years. This place used to be the first Hindu observatory, which was converted into a mosque. But after this, Iltutmish in 1230, and Allauddin Khilji in 1351 added many parts like Alai Darwaza to this mosque. In this way, it was expanded by many rulers. In this way, the history of Qutub Minar was also disputed.

Qutub Minar inside

Alai Darwaza

Alai Darwaza was built in 1351 by Allauddin Khilji. Which is a part of the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque. It is a square dome building. All its walls are carved with white marble and red stone.

Alai Minar

Allauddin Khilji was a very aggressive and powerful Sultan. Which devastated the Qutub Minar. Allauddin Khilji wanted to build another tower like Qutub Minar. Which was going to be twice as high as the Qutub Minar. Which was named Alai Minar.

The construction of Alai Minar started in 1316. But it could never be completed because Allauddin Khilji died while the work of Alai Minar was going on. And then the construction work of Alai Minar stopped forever.

Alai Minar in Qutub Minar

Iron Pillar

This iron pillar was built in the fourth century in memory of Chandragupta II (375–413). Chandragupta II is also known as Vikramaditya. Historians say that this iron pillar was built for the flag of Lord Vishnu on a mountain called Vishnupad. Which was built in memory of a powerful king Chandragupta II. This iron pillar is also known as the Garuda flag and Vishnu's pillar.

King Anagpal Tomar brought this iron pillar from the Vishnupad hill. It is believed that the first person was King Anagpal who came to Delhi for the first time. The credit for settling the city of Delhi also goes to King Anagpal.

Iron Pillar in Qutub Minar

This iron pillar of 3000 kg never rusts. Because 99% pure iron was used in this pillar. 1600 years ago, such identification of metal seems quite shocking. On this iron pillar, an inscription in the Sanskrit language and Brahmi script has been written that bears the existence of this iron pillar. The history of Qutub Minar starts from this iron pillar.

Solar Watch

This Sun Watch, built-in memory of Gordon Sanderson, is present in the Qutub Minar complex. This sun clock is made of white marble. This watch works only under sunlight. As the direction of the Sun changes, the time changes in this sun watch. There is also a line written in Latin on this sun clock. This means in Hindi "The shadow disappears, and light remains there".

Qutub Minar History

Delhi was the capital of the Mehrauli Tomar and Chauhans. These kings built observatories, 27 temples, and Tara Mandals at this place. Which was destroyed by the Islamic Sultans, and the Qutub Minar was built. You can still see the images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses on many pillars of Qutub Minar.

Inspired by the Jam Ki Minar present in Afghanistan and wishing to make it even bigger, Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak planned the construction of Qutub Minar in 1193. Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak started using the Qutub Minar to see enemies coming from far away. Many historians believe that the Qutub Minar served as a tribute to the mosque.

history of qutub minar delhi

Some historians believe that the Qutub Minar was named after its founder Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. While some believe that the most famous saint of Baghdad was named after Qutub-Ud-Din Bakhtiar Kaki. Who came to Delhi in those days, and Iltutmish respected it. In honour of that saint, this tower was named Qutub Minar.

A madrasa was also built by Allauddin Khilji in the Qutub Minar complex. In which the verses of the Quran, algebra, competitive mathematics, and Euclid were taught. Also, Unani medicines were taught in this madrasa.

You will see a Qutub Minar-like tower near the Qutub Minar, which remains halfway. Which was being built by Ala-Ud-Din Khilji. This incomplete tower is called Alai Minar. Ala-Ud-Din Khilji was to make this Alai Minar two times higher than the old Qutub Minar. But this Alai Minar could not be completed due to the death of Ala-Ud-Din Khilji.

Who Built Qutub Minar?

Qutub Minar was built by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak, the first ruler of the Ghulam dynasty of Delhi. Qutubuddin Aibak started the construction of Qutub Minar in 1193. But he was able to form the basis of Qutub Minar only. Later, son-in-law, Iltutmish added 3 floors to it in the years 1211 to 1236. Then in 1363, Ferozeshah Tughlaq built the fifth and last floor.

Between 1296 and 1316, Alauddin Khilji destroyed many Hindu temples. Over time, several Islamic sultans came and expanded the Qutub Minar. Let me tell you that if you go inside the Qutub Minar by chance, you will still see some pieces of idols of those Hindu deities.

Qutub Minar Timing 2024

Qutub Minar's opening time is from 9 am to 6 pm. It is never closed. You can go any day of any month. But keep remember, the summer season is not good for visiting Qutub Minar. You can visit in the evening or you can go in the winter season. You also can get a 5% discount on the ticket, if you book online.

Qutub Minar Ticket Price 2024

Ticket Price
Indian ₹30
Foreigner ₹500
Photography ₹25
Videography ₹25

How to Reach Qutub Minar?

  • Nearest Bus Stop: Qutub Minar is the nearest bus stop to Qutub Minar. It is at the exit gate.
  • Nearest Metro: Qutub Minar Metro is the nearest metro station to Qutub Minar. It is just 1.4 km away.
  • Nearest Railway Sation: New Delhi is the nearest railway station to Qutub Minar. It is 15 km away.
  • Nearest Airport: IGI airport is the nearest airport to Qutub Minar. It is 12 km away.

FAQ

Q. Is bags are allowed in Qutub Minar?
Yes, but not large and heavy bags. You can carry handbags only.

Q. Is food allowed in Qutub Minar?
No, You can not take into Qutub Minar. Drinkable water and washrooms are available in the complex.

Q. Is the camera allowed in Qutub Minar?
Yes, But you must buy a separate photography and videography ticket.

Q. Can we visit Qutub Minar at night?
No, You can not visit Qutub Minar after 6 pm. The closing time of Qutub Minar is 6 pm.

Q. What is the real name of Qutub Minar?
'Quwwat Ul Islam' is the real name of Qutub Minar. It means the power of Islam.