Best time to visit7:00 AM 10:00 AM
Open hours7:00 AM 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
Things to doClimb the minaret to experience the wonderful views of the whole city. Admire the beauty of pure Islamic art and finesse of the designs on every inch of the mosque. Carrying of a camera or permission of photography needs an additional charge of Rs. 200. The mosque remains closed during prayer hours. Carry an extra bag to put in your shoes to avoid extra charges for footwear deposition. Beware of people who try to force you to pay extra. The fee for the minaret is charged separately.
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesCouples, Friends
Rank46 out of 370 attractions in New Delhi
The largest mosque and one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture present in India, the Jama Masjid is located just opposite the Red Fort in Delhi. The mosque which means commanding view of the world was built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658. It has a very spacious compound that can accommodate thousands of devotees at once. The main architectural attractions are the minarets and towers. The main tower has a 5- storey structure with projecting balconies on each level. The work of calligraphy is worth mentioning too. The main materials used were sandstone and marble.
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Once you enter the premises one have to climb a long array of stairs to reach the door. The door welcomes you to a fascinating structure of architectural supremacy. Beware of the gatekeepers, they would not allow DSLRs at times (though mobile phone cameras are always allowed). You also have to remove your shoes before entering the holy place. There are two impressive minarets on each side of the mosque. All the walls are filled with calligraphy (some might be Quran). There is a small fountain in the middle with seating arrangements where families and children spend their days in winter. One can see lots of pigeons feeding on their food in the enclosure. Inside of the mosque is ornamented with white and black marbles for worshipers to pray. Don’t forget to get on the top to get a bird’s eye view of the whole place. Though it charges around INR 60 but the view is totally worth the price.
2. The Iftar Food Walk (Night Ride)The walk from Chawri Bazaar to the Jama Masjid. During iftar, the streets of Old Delhi become a paradise for food lovers. From keema samosas to paneer jalebis, Biryani they have it all. To experience the beauty of Ramzan.
I took a cycle rickshaw for Jama Masjid and it took 15 minutes. The route goes through "Meena Bazar" which in ancient times used to be a market for traditional wears. There are many brands in India and Middle East named after Meena Bazar. Jama Masjid is an elegant and huge structure. The place commands respect. It is also possible to go atop one of the minarets which gives a breathtaking view of Old Delhi. The minaret actually is a time machine which transports one into totally different era. From up there, one can see Red Fort, River Yamuna and Feroz Shah Kotla. The innumrable allys and 1-2 storey buildings tell a story about its past.
From the Red Fort, we were shown onto a fleet of cycle rickshaws awaiting us at the gates, which would take us to the next stop on our itinerary, Jama Masjid. The largest mosque in India, and the final architectural blowout of the extravagant Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid or 'Friday Mosque' boasts three gateways, four towers and two minarets standing at a whopping 40m high. As usual, the Shah employed his two materials of choice, red sandstone and white marble, to create this colossal complex, which can hold up to 25,000 people.Unfortunately, by the time we got there the heavens had unexpectedly opened, rendering the visiting experience slightly less enjoyable - particularly as visitors are obliged to remove their shoes upon entering the courtyard. On the plus side, we did also have to don some very sexy gowns and shawls, so at least the rest of our bodies were kept nice and dry, even if we did get rather soggy feet. Another benefit of having a tour guide is that we had someone to guard our shoes while we took a look around; leave them unattended and they're sure to get swiped.
Jama Masjid: Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in India.It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees, and was inaugurated by an imamfrom Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan. The mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three great gates, four towers and two 40 m high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 persons. There are three domes on the terrace which are surrounded by the two minarets. On the floor, a total of 899 black borders are marked for worshippers. The architectural plan of Badshahi Masjid, built by Shah Jahan's son Aurangzeb at Lahore, Pakistan, is similar to the Jama Masjid.The mosque has been the site of two attacks, one in 2006 and another in 2010. During the first, two explosions occurred in the mosque, injuring thirteen people. In the second, two Taiwanese students were injured as two gunmen opened fire upon them.
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The Jama Masjid in all its grandeur
Located at Old Delhi
Largest mosque in the world.
The largest mosque in India with a breathtaking capacity of over twenty five thousand people, the Jama Masjid is one of the finest examples of the Mughal architecture and is famous as the World-reflecting Mosque. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets and built with red sandstone and white marble making it one of the must visit tourist places in Delhi.
It is the largest mosque of India. It is situated in Old Delhi. It is the final extravagance architecture of Shah Jahan, who was the Mughal emperor and also built Taj Mahal.
It is the largest mosque in India and is one of it's kind. The view from Jama Masjid is marvellous and one can see the rooftops and terraces of Delhi. When i had visited this place, I really had no clue that you have to be very decently dressed like hands should be covered. So I had to take a duppata on my head. So before going to the mosque, one should be dressed properly. There is no entry fees for this place and he mosque closes before sunset so you will have to visit this place before sunset.
The mosque was the result of the efforts of over 5,000 workers, over a period of seven years. Use of white marble, wide stair cases and arched gateways are the hallmark of this popular mosque. The mosque has a vast paved rectangular courtyard, which is nearly 75 m by 66 m. Its courtyard has the capacity to hold nearly 25,000 worshipers. The central courtyard is accessible from the East.
Jama Masjid, everyone knows, but still its the largest mosque in India. Nice non veg restaurant around, but shop opens late and we were in hurry to roam around Delhi.Already we were full with puri..
Surrounded by the busy and crowded streets of Old Delhi, Jama Masjid is one of the best known Mosque of India.
Jama Masjid: This is another great place to visit in Delhi. It represents the old Delhi. It was built in 1650, and it took 13 years to complete this structure. Want to get a great view?Then you need to move to the top of the southern tower. Don’t forget you need to dress modestly; otherwise you will not be allowed. It remains open every day but closes before the sunset.
The 350 year old mosque is beautifully adorned with lights that reflects the joy Ramzan. Every evening during Roza – the breaking of fast, Jama Masjid comes alive with festivities, joy, sounds and flavours of celebration. It’s an immense delight to watch the spirit of brotherhood and togetherness of breaking the bread every evening at the time of Iftar.
A little further down and opposite Red fort is Meena Bazaar and Jama Masjid. Meena Bazaar in the Mughal era was a market set up by the women of noblemen to sell items to raise money for charity, it was closed to public. Now on the contrary, the market is open to public and you will find rows of small stalls selling leather items, winter jackets, scarfs, fabrics, etc. Jama Masjid is a large mosque built with red sandstone and white marble.
This day is dedicated to exploring Delhi's rich history through its various monuments that stand tall today. We begin with one of the most magnificent mosques in India, Jama Masjid. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, this mosque spells the Mughal taste for architecture and is still used as an important place for worship for Muslims, especially on Fridays. This is followed by a rickshaw ride into the streets of Delhi. We also walk around the Old City a bit, just to absorb the local vibe. Later we continue to other significant monuments such as Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and drive past Lutyens’ Delhi that houses important Government buildings.
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