I bet all of you have heard about Qutub Minar, which is one of the most famous and most photographerd monuments in Delhi. Although this monument is very well known, there are still many tricks that we should know to prepare our visit. For example, it´s good to know when is the best time to visit the Qutub Minar, it´s opening and closing times, facts about its history, the ticket price to get in and many more things. That´s why here we will be telling you all the important information about Qutub Minar and in English:
Qutub Minar timings:
Of all the information about Qutub Minar that you should know, the most important are the times. Depending when you visit this popular monument you will get to see it with more or less tourists. That´s why you should know which are the Qutub Minar opening and closing time and of course the best time to visit it:
Although in many websites you may find that the opening times of Qutub Minar are at 06:00 Am, the truth is that we went there before 07:00 Am and it was still closed.
So, oficially we can confirm that the Qutub Minar opening hours are at 07:00 Am and it opens every day of the week.
The Qutub Minar closing time is at 05:00 Pm.
Although we didn´t get to stay until the end as with 2-4 hours it´s normally enough time to see everything.
Best time to visit Qutub Minar:
Our favourite and the best time to visit Qutub Minar (with no doubts) is at sunrise. Unless you enjoy seeing a million tourists arround you and getting inside your picture, plus not having a really good light, we recommend you visiting the Qutub Minar at sunrise time.
Although you can´t go inside at sunrise (almost) the light at 07:00 Am is amazing to take photos. The best of all is that we were the first ones to get in.
If you are no table to wake up that early, we recommend you going at the end of the day. The queue is not that big at that time and if you wait until the last minute, you will enjoy it with the golden hour.
Visit at night
Good news! Since not that long time ago, it´s possible to visit the Qutub Minar at night. It has LED lights and it´s beautiful. The times to visit the Qutub Minar at night are from 19:00Pm until 22:00PM.
Qutub Minar ticket price
The Qutub Minar entry fee is different for Indians than for foreigners:
Indian people: 30 Rupees
Foreign people: 500 Rupees
Childs below 15 have a FREE entrance to the Qutub Minar.
Another important information about Qutub Minar that you should keep in mind is that you will need to pay an extra 25 rupees to use your camera inside.
Qutub Minar history in English
Before we visit this important monument of Delhi, we should know a little bit about the history of Qutub Minar. But when talking about its history there are different matters you should consider:
Who built the Qutub Minar?
More than one name took part in the construction of this important monument of New Delhi. So… who is the founder of Qutub Minar? In 1200 CE, the first sultanate of Delhi, Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, started the construction of the Qutub Minar. In 1220 CE, the Qutub Minar was completed by Aibak’s son-in-law, who decided to add three storeys more. Unfortunately, in 1369 a lightning destroyed the architecture so Firoz Shah Tughlaq restored the monument to the former one.
Significance of Qutub Minar
The importance of Qutub Minar is because of its significance which is the “pillar of faith”. Although its purpose is still not clear, what we know for sure is that it was built to be a minaret of Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. Other people believe that the monument was built as a defense tower.
Where is Qutub Minar located?
Is time to talk about the worst things about Qutub Minar… and that is for sure its location. Although we can still say that the Qutub Minar is located in the city of Delhi, it´s very far away from the centre. It takes a lot of time to get there ad even more with the traffic of New Delhi.
How to go to Qutub Minar?
Here our recommendation is simple. Take an Uber. Ubers are pretty cheap in Delhi, plus the distance is huge so it will take you a lot of time if you decided to go by metro. Also, as we advise to go there very early in the morning, we believe it´s always safer to travel by Uber instead of other public transport when the streets are so empty.
Lotus temple to Qutub Minar
The Lotus temple is one of the best places near Qutub Minar to visit, it takes just about 15 minutes to go from one place to another if there is no traffic. But don´t expect 15 minutes as there is always traffic and if you are not lucky it can take about 20/30 minutes more.
Humayun tomb to Qutub Minar
From Humayun tomb to Qutub Minar is about 20 minutes by car, which is not too bad.
Red fort to Qutub Minar
Last of all, if you decide to go from the Red Fort to Qutub Minar, then…good luck. If you look in google maps it says the distance is just about 30 minutes, of course that Is with no traffic. Sometimes you will need those 30 minutes just to get out of the Red Fort area and it can be more than 1 hour until you make it to the minar.
Here you can find the exact location on the map of Qutub Minar
What is the height of the Qutub Minar??
In case you didn´t know the Qutub Minar is made of bricks and it´s the tallest brick minaret in the world. It´s also the second tallest minar in India after the Fateh Burj located in Punjab.
Height of Qutub Minar in metres
The Qutub Minar height is 74 metres.
Height of Qutb Minar in feet
The Qutu Minar is 240 ft tall.
Other 5 interesting facts about Qutub Minar
This was the most important information about Qutub Minar, but there are some other 5 fun and interesting facts you may want to know:
- For us one of the coolest facts of the monument is that its iron pillar complex has not rusted after some 2000 years. How impressive is that??
- To reach the top and enjoy the view of the Qutub Minar you need to walk 379 stairs.
- The famous minaret survived an earthquake in the 16th century and two different lightnings in the 14th
- In the Qutub Minar area you can find about 6 other monuments (mosques, pillars and tombs) that surround the main building.
- In the 19th century a sixth storey (a cupola) was going to be added to the former monument. At the end, the idea didn´t have much support and they took it back.
These are some of the most important facts about Qutub minar. Anyway, hope you have enjoyed reading about it and you also enjoy your visit to the monument. If you have any other question or suggestion, let us know!!