Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The Qutub Minar along with the Qutub complex, containing the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. The Qutub Minar is composed of five storeys, with a spiral staircase leading to the top level.
The view from the top is mesmerizing as the whole city of Delhi unfolds before you. The Iranian style structure contains numerous inscriptions carved onto it, primarily Arabic. Lots of floral designs adorn the minaret. This historical landmark attracts scores of tourists all around the world. Though the Qutub Minar was struck by lightning and suffered many wounds on its body, this minaret has withstood many generations and empires and still stands tall today, serving as a constant reminder to the beginning of Muslim rule in India and a new era in history. It is India's most visited monument attracting around 3.9 million visitors every year.