A minaret is generally a slender tower which is a significant part of any mosque or a building looking over a place. Being one of the oldest living countries in the world, India is also home to several tall and old minars which belong to different eras and different dynasties.
However, these beautiful towers are still standing strong narrating the stories of incidents occurring in and around them. Following are the list of most popular minars in India which are visited by thousands of tourists every year. Ranging from the minar dating back to the 12th century to the newly formed minar, this list includes every popular minar in India.
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The list of most popular minars can never start without Qutub Minar. Being one of the oldest minars in India and surrounded by several historically significant buildings, Qutub Minar is one of the most visited places in India. Located in Delhi and built in the 12th century, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, Qutub Minar possesses a spiral staircase which contains 379 steps and stands with the height of 240 feet. Even though it has been victim to several natural occurrences, such as lightning, the overall beauty of Qutub Minar is still intact. The presence of hundreds of tourists all around the Qutub Complex at any time of the day certainly proves the fact.
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Jhulta Minar is a set of two minarets which were part of an ancient mosque known as Sidi Bashir Mosque and was built in the 15th century. Even though the mosque is in dilapidated condition today, the central getaway and the Jhulta Minar are still surviving due to their alluring beauty which has been attracting innumerable tourists and historians since the last few decades.
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Undoubtedly, one of the most popular minars in the world, Charminar is located in the heart of Hyderabad in the state of Telangana. It is a large mosque with four minarets on each side and was built in the year 1591 under the administration of Quli Qutub Shah.
Today, Charminar is a global icon and is recognised all over the world on account of its everlasting beauty and architectural magnificence. Even though the exact reason behind the formation of Charminar is unknown, it is believed that it was erected to celebrate the elimination of Cholera, which was widely spread all around the region. How about visiting Charminar this season and exploring its ancient beauty?
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Also known as the Victory Tower, Fateh Burj is a newly established minar and is located in the ancient village of Chappar Chiri in the state of Punjab. It was built in order to commemorate the victory of Sikhs following their rule in the region, hence, the collapse of the Mughal empire.
Fateh Burj is also the highest minar in India with a height of 328 feet. The night view of this monumental tower is something which should not be missed. The mesmerising and captivating beauty of Fateh Burj is at its peak at the time of dawn and dusk.
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Chand Minar is located in Daulatabad, the fortified city of the 14th century, in the state of Maharashtra. It was built by Ala-ud-din Bahmani in 1445 as a victory tower when he captured the entire area of the fort under his control. With the height of 210 feet and the circumference of 70 feet at the base, Chand Minar is one of the tallest towers in India.
It was originally adorned with Persian tiles; however, during several attacks, the beauty of Chand Minar faded away. Today, it is an important tourist destination in Daulatabad and attracts tourists from all over the country.