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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qutub Minar stands tall as a fine example of the imprints that the pre-Mughal dynasties left in Delhi.
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ABOUT Qutub Minar
Think Delhi and you're probably thinking about Mughal emperors. However, the pre-Mughal dynasties also left a mark on the scene of architecture and the Qutub Minar complex stands tall as an evidence of this. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and Iltutmish. The most outstanding structure here is a huge brick minaret, the tallest of its kind in the world. The visitors are not allowed to climb the stairs inside the minaret, which lead right to the top of the structure to a height of 73 m. At the base of the minar is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid. Another curiosity-inducing piece of architecture here is the Iron Pillar. This 7 m high pillar has withstood elements of nature over centuries and has an interesting legend behind it.

Qutub Minar, made of red and buff sandstone is also the highest tower in India. The minar was constructed with its first storey initially built for the purpose of giving calls for prayer (azaan) by Qutub-ud-din Aibak. Thereafter, subsequent storeys were added to the structure by his successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. All the storeys are encircled by a balcony that are supported by stone brackets which are decorated with a honeycomb design.  The entire monument contains numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari. Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, which is the earliest mosque built by the Delhi Sultans, lies in the same premises.  The premises also contain other buildings--Ala'i-Darwaza, Ala'i Minar and the tomb of Iltutmish--all of which are made of red sandstone and have numerous engravings on their walls. 

Local buses are available from various points in Delhi. Local guided tours are also conducted by Delhi Tourism and private operators. The nearest metro station is Qutub Minar. You can hire an auto from the metro station to reach here.
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reviewed on Dec 15 2012
Few ppl know that Sultan Alauddin Khilji wanted to build a tower more majestic than the Qutub Minar and started constructing another tower bang opposite it. The base of this minaret was raised to only 12 meters when he died but the rubble and masonry of the structure can still be seen, in fact, you can walk up its incline. Had it been built, the new tower would have been at least twice the height and size!
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