The Qutub complex consists of tombs, mosques and many architectural master pieces constructed and added by many subsequent rulers, ancient relics built by Hindu kings dating up to 900 BC. The complex is one of the most visited heritage sites of India with structures which are architectural masterpieces of their periods.
Visit the best of Delhi’s preserved monuments and amazing places, where you can gather a lot of information about the history as well as enjoy the heritage of the city. Marvellous site in terms of their archaeological and historical value where you can see the exceptional work of the artisans of the Mughal and Pre-Mughal era and a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim artwork.
The gigantic rubble structure to the north of Qutub Minar is known as Alai Minar (tower). Set amidst other beautiful ruins of the Qutub complex, it is a testimony of the Mughal stubbornness to create architectural art. This is an unfinished base of the mammoth tower begun by Alauddin Khilji sometime in the 1200s. It was intended to rival the size of the Qutub Minar tower.
We shall spend the first half of our walk at the main campus of the Qutub Complex. The centre of attraction of Qutub Complex is the Qutub Minar which is also the second tallest minaret in India after the Fateh Burj or “Victory Tower” at Chappar Chiri village in Punjab. Qutub Minar was built in the 13th century by the Turkic king, the first Sultan of Delhi and the founder of the Mamluk(Slave) dynasty Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who was also then, the viceroy of Mohammad Ghouri. The sultan started its construction but was not able to complete it. His close lieutenant who was once a slave and later became his son in law; Shams-Ud-Din Iltutmish finished it. The minar was actually built to celebrate the victory of Ghouri over the Rajputs and used to give calls for Namaz or prayers in Muslims. Iltutmish raised the tower by adding two more storeys to it. The inscriptions on the tower reveal that it was hit by lightning many times and repaired by Feroz Shah Tuglaq and later by Sikandar Lodhi. Major R Smith of British Army himself did many repairs to the tower. To the north-east of the minar is the Quwwat-ul-islam mosque. The complex also contains the tomb of Iltutmish constructed in 1235 AD and the Alai Darwaza or the southern gateway of the mosque. To the north of Qutub Minar is Alai Minar, the construction of which was commenced by Allau’d-din Khalji with the intention of making it twice the size of Qutub minar both in diameter and height but not even its first storey was completed when his untimely death put an end to that project.
Post lunch we shall visit he Qutub Shah Dargah, which is not exactly in Qutub Complex but not far away from there. It is also known as Khwaja Qutub-Ud-Din Bakhtyar Kaki and was built in 1542. Khwaja Qutub-Ud-Din Bakhtyar was a disciple of Khawaja Mu’inu’d-Din Chishti and his spiritual successor and lived during the reign of Iltutmish and died in 1236. Originally the grave was made plain earthen but was later surmounted by a dome and marble pillars. The most pleasing part is the floral hall with multi coloured tiles said to be having been constructed on the orders of Aurangzeb.
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NOTE• Dress conservatively. •It is fine to wear western clothes but try to keep them modest. •Shoes are also not allowed inside the temples or other holy places. •Leather articles, pursues or belts are not allowed at certain places like, Jain temples. •You will have to wear scarves on your head at Sikh worship places i.e. gurudwaras.