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Alai Minar

Alai Minar is situated in the complex of Qutub Minar and was built by the second ruler of the Khilji Dynasty, Ala-ud-Din Khilji. He wished to construct a tower, twice as tall as the Qutub Minar but could not finish it, as he died before that. It is an un-finished minar, which had its projected height twice than that of the Qutub Minar. After the death of Ala-ud-din Khalji the construction of tower could not be completed.

Ala-ud-din Khillji’s predecessor Qutub-ud-din Aibak inspired him in building this Minar; only after which he planned to construct a grand minar so as to commemorate his victories. As per his intentions, the minar was anticipated to be erected with a size double of Qutub Minar in each and every aspect. However, he immediately died after the completion of the first storey that holds in ruins in a corner of the Qutab Complex today. Amusingly, none of his successors took up the completion cause of the project started by him as had happened in Qutab Minar’s case. Alia Minar is built by the Ala-ud-Din Khalji during the ruling period (1296 – 1316 AD).

Apart from being the capital of the country, Delhi is also a famous tourist spot. With several people walking in and out of the city for varied reasons, this place has gained quite a lot of momentum in tourism. Even when people visit Delhi for official reasons, they spare some time off to visit to most ancient and famous localities and places. Alia Minar, near Qutub Mibar is one of them. Most of the people are well aware of the huge Qutub Minar and the Alia Minar. Lots of somestic as well as international tourists are seen at this place during all the hours of the day. It is a good place to go shopping.


The 24.5 high plinths can be viewed just north of the Qutb Minar. It has similar structure to that of Qutub Minar but ruins lying in the corner of the complex.

How to Reach

By Air

The closest airport to Alia Minar is the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.

By Rail

The closest railway station to Alia Minar is the Nizamuddin Railway Station Junction, New Delhi.

By Road

Well connected and maintained roads help visitors have a good traveling experience. To reach the complex, take the metro to Qutab Minar station, then take an auto rickshaw for the 1km to the ruins. Alia Minar located in the Qutub Minar Complex has innumerable options to reach to. Travelers those who want to opt for self-transport options can easily hire a can (available in prepaid and postpaid services) or a driver for personal vehicles at affordable rates.

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