JAMA MASJID  The largest Mosque in India

Jam Masjid

Jama Masjid is the largest and most well known mosque in India. It is flanked by Red fort on one side and the old city Chandni Chowk on another side. Built by Shah Jahan in 17th century, Jama Masjid is today is a popular pilgrimage destination.

The spacious courtyard fills up to its brim during Id.There are three entrances to the Courtyard- on the East, North and South. Since the mosque is laid on a hillock, the steps climbing up to this are steep. The eastern gate has 774 steps.

People flock to the pool in the middle of the courtyard to wash their face, hands and feet before entering the holy mosque. Some even drank the water as they considered it holy. Pigeons flew down whenever they see vacant spaces and cool themselves by splashing in the water. They have learned to share the pool and live in harmony with each other.

This great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was begun in 1644 and ended up being the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.

The highly decorative mosque has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. Travellers can hire robes at the northern gate.

This may be the only time you get to dress like a local without feeling like an outsider so make the most of it.

Not To Forget

You must not miss the nearby Red Fort , which is a world heritage structure. It is one of the fine relics of Mughal dynasty.

If you really want to feel the old Delhi ambiance, visit the Chandni Chowk. The markets, the crowd and road side joints are excellent.

To satisfy your taste buds visit Karim for their famous kababs, Ghantewala sweet shop near Jama Masjid and paranthewali gali, which serves you some delicious mouth watering junkies.

You can also stroll to chor bazaar for some cheap electronic goods and of you are a book freak Nai Sarak is must see for you.

Invaluable Suggestions

  1. Jama Masjid is open to all except prayer time.
  2. You should cover your knees as well as your arms before entering to masjid. Removal of shoes is also mandatory.
  3. You have to pay a charge for photography.
  4. Maintain a clean attire while visiting the mosque.
  5. Visiting hours is from dawn to dusk but close during prayer time.
  6. You must beware of fake guides who try to fool visitors into paying an entry fee(mosque admission is free).
  7. You can reach Masjid via important landmark such as ISBT, Connaught Place and ITO.

Off Netaji Subhash Marg, west of Red Fort

Metro Station:
Chawri Bazaar

All days of the week

7am to Noon, 1.30pm to 6.30pm.

Tourists not allowed during prayer hours

Entry Fee: Free

Photography: 200