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Hastsal Minaret: The Mini Qutub Minar


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Prelims level: Hastsal Minaret, its history, architecture

Mains level: NA

Hastsal minar


  • The Hastsal Minar, also known as the Mini Qutub Minar or Chhota Qutub Minar, stands as a Grade A heritage monument in Delhi, silently narrating stories of an era marked by grandeur and mystery amidst ruins and encroachment.

About Hastsal Minaret

Name Mini Qutub Minar (Chhota Qutub Minar, Mini Minar, Kaushal Minar, Hastsal ki Laat)
Location Hastsal village in Uttam Nagar, West Delhi, India
Built 1650
Builder Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan
Original Height 5 storeys, topped with a domed Chhatri pavilion
Current Height 3 storeys, 16.87 meters (55 feet) tall
Structure Built with Lakhori bricks and clad with red sandstone
Significance Grade A listed, protected heritage monument with the Department of Archaeology, India
History Originally built as a hunting lodge tower for Shah Jahan

Used to have a tunnel connecting it to the royal hunting lodge nearby

Architecture Resembles Qutub Minar in Delhi, octagonal platform, narrow staircase
Threats Endangered due to neglect, lack of conservation, encroachment by new constructions, surrounded by urbanization

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