At 234 feet, the Qutub Minar in Delhi, India is one of the highest towers in India. The initiative in building of the tower was probably taken by the Rajput King Prithviraj Singh Chauhan. It was to be build to commemorate the victory of the Chauhans over the Tomar Rajputs. But all historians agree that the tower was completed by Qutubuddin Aiback.
Qutub Minar was completely ready in 1200 AD. It has been keeping a watchful eye over Delhi since then. The minar is one of the most significant achievements of the Mughal architects. As you move from the top to the bottom of the minaret, the structure widens in circumference. This gives it some strength to bear the mighty weight.
The 378 steps are meant to take visitors to the top of the minaret. The tower was built to be aware of the Mongol warriors who rode on horseback and threatened to attack and conquer Delhi. It is quite interesting to note that almost all the historical monuments built by the Mughal rulers can be seen from the top of the Qutub Minar.
The Qutub Minar was damaged by earthquakes down the lanes of history. There were earthquakes in the reign of Firoz Shah Tughlaq, and again in1505, and again in 1794. The Qutub Minar's glory was restored by the rulers at those times.
The Qutub Minar has survived the onslaught of time but it has not been able to maintain its erect posture. The wear and tear of time has manifested itself in the form of a slight tilt to one side. The Archaeological Survey of India has the authority and responsibility for its upkeep today.