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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The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (the 'World-reflecting Mosque'), commonly known as the 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 Imam from Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan.The mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three great gates, four towers and two 40 metres high minarets constructed with strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 people . 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.
Red Fort to Jama Masjid is a 20 minute walk. WE got to Jama Masjid, rested under the dome for a while. It is a very peaceful place and again quite rich in architecture. By this time it is approaching evening and we were exhausted with lugging the backpack around and roaming in Delhi's heat.
Day breaks and this city assumes a life of its own.Making our way through the super-crowded Meena Bazaar, we somehow reach the Jama Masjid.
On the next weekend we explored Jama Masjid and Humayun's Tomb along with Red Fort.Every place in delhi is easily accessible with the help of metro aur rikshaw now-a days cab are also frequent. The place Jama Mashia is mosque . When we visited it was very beautiful atmosphere and with bird chirping around the masjid it were very beautiful moments to remember. This place is at heart of old Delhi. This is India's largest mosque with the capacity of holding 25000 people. This marble and red-sandstone architecture was also built by Shah Jahan. There are three gates to get access to mosque.The fact is Jama Masjid, Connaught Place and Sansad Bhavan lies in one line and this is the beauty of architecture of delhi city.You are required to be fully covered to enter mosque and you will have to pay for camera if you are willing to carry there is no entry fee.
It's one of the largest mosques in India.
Every city has a story to tell. Hidden in the nooks and corners of the labyrinthine lanes of Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) are many such stories waiting to be heard. But of all the many stories, the most famous are those told by the flavours and spices. By the dishes, some of whose recipes are centuries old. As old as the Mughal sultanate.Winter is a great time for a food walk in this part of the National capital. Thus, I embarked on a gastronomic adventure to try some of the famous delicacies of Old Delhi and also set out on a quest to find something new.The culinary fare in this part of the city is quite different from the rest. The naan or the butter chicken here is not how a typical north Indian knows it to be.
Because the non-vegetarians in the group would not settle for anything less than Al Jawahar or Karim’s for lunch, we had to tread towards Jama Masjid. In my view, Jama Masjid and Red Fort should be visited as a separate trip as there are plenty of other old eating places within the main Chandni Chowk. But I let the boys have their way as I had myself not seen Jama Masjid from inside.
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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.