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Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Delhi-Gurgaon Rd, Mehrauli, New Delhi

The Basics

Although the origins of Qutub Minar are known, it’s unclear whether the minaret was built as a victory tower or as a place for an Islamic muezzin to make the call to prayer. Today visitors come to see the intricately carved decorations on the centuries-old sandstone and marble bricks. As the minaret is surrounded by other mosques and structures, including the first mosque built in India, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the whole complex is worth several hours of exploration.

Visitors usually see Qutub Minar on a 1- or 2-day sightseeing trip around Delhi. It’s considered a must-see attraction in the city, and many tour operators include a stop here.

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Private Delhi Tour: Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar and Dilli Haat
Private Delhi Tour: Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar and Dilli Haat
star-4.5
$50.00 per adult
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My guide was both informative and...
My guide was both informative and fun! I loved having both a guide and a driver. It made the trip very easy since I didn't have to worry about getting tickets, which line to wait in, where to park, how to get there, etc. I recommend Viator to anyone visiting India.
Andrew R, Feb 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in New Delhi

star-5
Great experience
Mahesh_B, Feb 2021
Explore Qutub Minar and mehrauli archaelogical park with a local storyteller
Guide Shrishti was just awesome. Great tour . Monuments are a must go clubbed it with Champa galli and sunder nursery and Humayun tomb
star-4
very good tour but it should start...
eric t, Jun 2016
Private Walking Tour: South Delhi Heritage including Qutub Minar and Mehrauli Archaeological Park
very good tour but it should start sooner in order to miss the people and hot weather i would have liked it to start around 7:00 am instead of later in the morning it would have made a big difference.
star-5
A great tour that had amazing design...
Shaji N, Sep 2015
Private Delhi Tour: Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar and Dilli Haat
A great tour that had amazing design architecture and history. The guide was very pleasant and knew the stories behind the sites and Delhi well. Although not much at Dilli Haat and the lunch could be better, the overall tour very good and well worth it.
star-5
Great trip! Saw a little bit of...
GERALDINE R, Aug 2018
Private Delhi Tour: Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar and Dilli Haat
Great trip! Saw a little bit of everything, had lots of fun.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry tickets are required for Qutub Minar, and Indian citizens and foreign nationals pay different prices.

  • Children under 15 enter for free.

  • The surrounding gardens are well maintained and a pleasant place to relax.

  • Kids will enjoy the parakeets, squirrels, and other birds that hang around the gardens.

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How to Get There

The Qutub Minar is located in the Mehrauli area of South Delhi. Many tour companies can arrange private transportation. Otherwise, the easiest way to reach the site is via the Delhi Metro. Take the yellow line to Saket station for a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) walk or to Qutub Minar station for a 1.25-mile (2-kilometer) walk. From either station you can also take a short auto rickshaw.

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When to Get There

The Qutub Minar complex is open from dawn until dusk, roughly 7am to 5pm. Check the season-specific timing before you go. It can get crowded midday and on weekends. For a peaceful walk around the park, visit as early in the morning as possible.

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Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Travelers interested in architecture and Indian archaeology can combine a visit to Qutub Minar with a walk around nearby Mehrauli Archaeological Park. Very few international tourists visit the large park, which is full of mosques, shrines, tombs, stepwells, and other structures from Delhi’s centuries of history. A whole day can be spent exploring the park and Qutub Minar.

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