Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. The construction of the minaret was started in 1192 by Qutb al-Din Aibak. It is the second highest brick minaret in the world with 240 feet tall tapering tower of five storeys and a spiral staircase of 379 steps.
Qutub Minar is surrounded by several historical monuments, including Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and the much older Iron Pillar of Delhi. The mosque complex is one of the earliest that survives in the Indian subcontinent. The tower is built in Iranian style, though likely patterned on Minaret of Jam (Afghanistan), and adapted to local artistic conventions. A picture of the minaret is featured on the travel cards issued by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.