Discover Victory Tower-Qutub Minar
Regarded as the highest tower in India, the Qutub Minar is a typical minaret often seen in Muslim mosques with the height of 73m, five storeys and projecting balconies. Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, a Delhi Sultan, started to built the tower in 1193 but he only constructed the basement. The construction of the tower was later taken over by his successor Iltutmish who constructed three more stories and the last two storeys were completed by Firoz Shah Tuglak. The different architectural styles and decorative motifs from the time of Aibak to Tuglak are clearly visible in the Qutub Minar from the base to upper levels. The first three storeys of the Qutub Minar are made of red sandstone while the last two are made of marble and sandstone. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler, hence the Qutub Minar has another name "victory tower". The Qutub Minar along with several other valuable ancient ruins including the Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque (the first mosque to be built in India), a 7 metre high iron pillar, the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala’i-Darwaza and the Ala’I Minar formed the Qutub Complex, a cluster of historical monuments as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. It is a must-visit tourist site where you can enjoy an enlightening and leisure history walk through the complex.