Delhi is one of the best travel destinations in India. Being the capital city of the nation and a hub of numerous historical and heritage monuments, the Qutb complex is one of the major attractions of the city.
Let us take a virtual tour of the Qutb Complex and the monuments in it that collectively are a World Heritage Site.
Qutb Complex is one of the best attractions of Delhi. Qutub Minar is the most popular attraction of the complex. It is the tallest minaret in the world and is also one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. To know more about some of the interesting facts on Qutub Minar, click here.
There are several other monuments within the complex apart from Qutub Minar. Ala-I-Darwaza is one among them. The Darwaza is a majestic gateway of the complex. The marble works and latticed stone screen on the gateway portray the expertise of the Turkish artisans who have worked on the structure.
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The iron pillar inside the Qutb Complex is another attraction here. The pillar weighs around 6 tonnes. Its high resistance to corrosion has built curiosity among archaeologists and scientists. It is believed that the high resistance of the pillar to corrosion is due to its composition of metals and the unique process of iron making, which prevailed during those days. The iron pillar was originally erected atop a hillock in Udayagiri in Madhya Pradesh, which was later moved to the Qutb Complex.
The Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, also known as the Qutub Mosque or the Great Mosque of Delhi, was the first mosque that was built in Delhi after the Islamic conquest of the nation. Being one of the oldest mosques in India, it is also believed that Qutub Minar was built in the complex as an exclusive minaret to the mosque. Interestingly, the dome of the mosque at the entrance is taken from the Jain temples that were demolished during that period. Several parts of the demolished temples were retained during those periods, which helped in the construction of mosques, thus making the architecture a blend of Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture.
Other Structures Within The Qutb Complex
The other structures within the complex include the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala-uddin Khalji's tomb and Madrasa, Alai Minar, Zafar Mahal and Jahaz Mahal.
How To Reach The Qutb Complex
The complex is located in South Delhi, which is around 3 km from Qutub Minar Metro Station in Delhi. The Yellow line takes you to the Qutub Minar Station. Cycle rickshaws, autorickshaws and taxis are available to commute within the city. Here's how to reach Delhi.