Alai Darwaza in Delhi

The darwaza with beautiful arches and fringes which resembling lotus buds.

The darwaza with beautiful arches and fringes which resembling lotus buds. | Photo credit: Simranjit Singh Puri

Alai Darwaza Overview

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The Alai Darwaza is the main gate from the southern side of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque in the Qutub Minar complex .Built by Allaudin Khilji the Sultan of Delhi in 1311 AD, the Alai Darwaza has a domed entrance which is constructed using red sandstone and is adorned with white marble.

The walls of the Alai Darwaza are intricately inscribed with Nashk script. Built by Turkic craftsmen the Alai Darwaza is one of the first buildings in India to be built using an Islamic architectural style. Considered to be one of the most important buildings of its time, the Alai Darwaza added to the charm of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque with its beautiful arches and fringes which resembled lotus buds.

  • Opening Closing Time Sunrise to sunset

  • Entrance Fee Rs.10 (Indians ), Rs.250 (foreigners)

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Location

Qutub Minar Complex, Mehrauli, New Delhi