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Alai Darwaza

The Alai Darwaza is the chief gate of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque from the south side in the Qutub Minar Complex, located in Mehrauli, South Delhi.

History

Alai Darwaza was constructed by the Sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji, in 1311 AD. This was one of the four magnificent gateways planned by the Sultan. The other three could not be built due to the Sultan’s death in 1316.

Alai Darwaza was a significant project by the Sultan of Delhi as part of his efforts to decorate the Qutub Minar Complex.

Architecture

Alai Darwaza features a dome entrance made of red sandstone. It is decorated with white marble. The walls of the “darwaza” or gate contain intricate inscriptions in Nashk script. The “darwaza” adds to the aesthetic beauty of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque through its artistic fringes and arches that resemble lotus buds.

The structure is one of the first of its kind in India to feature Islamic architectural style. It puts spotlight on the spectacular craftsmanship of Turkish and Indian artisans who built this grand “darwaza.”

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Delhi is from October to March.

How to Reach

Alai Darwaza is located within the Qutub Minar Complex. So, visitors must reach Qutub Minar, which is easily accessible through cabs, local buses, autorickshaws, and metro train. The nearest metro station is Qutub Minar Metro Station. The place is located about 16 kms from the heart of the city.

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