Jama Masjid is a historic mosque located in the heart of Old Delhi, India. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658, and it is one of the largest mosques in India.

The mosque is made of red sandstone and white marble and has three large domes and two minarets. It can accommodate up to 25,000 worshippers at a time. The central courtyard of the mosque is surrounded by colonnades, and there is a large ablution tank in the center.

The mosque is considered a masterpiece of Mughal architecture and is an important symbol of India’s rich cultural heritage. It is also a popular tourist attraction and a center of Islamic learning in India.

Visitors to the mosque are required to dress modestly and remove their shoes before entering the prayer hall. Non-Muslims are allowed to visit the mosque, but they are not permitted to enter the prayer hall during prayer times.

How to reach Jama Masjid: Closest Metro station is Chandni Chowk station (Yellow Line)
Address: Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Hours: All days of the week From 7am to Noon, from 1.30pm to 6.30pm. Note that none Muslim Tourists are not allowed during prayer hours.
Fees: No Entrance Fee + 200 Rupees for Camera Use.

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Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque managers to combine Mughal splendor with a light-footed grace, served to the visitor in a generous breezy compound in which Muslims of Many ethnicities and  nationalities find space with tourists and photographer . The mosque’s most famous images show its all minarets, three black-and-white marble domes and imposing arched entrance acting as a background to a sea of worshippers during the festival of id.

The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the mosque, his last important architecture offering, 1656; it tooks six years and a million rupees to build. Its architect was one Ustad Khalil. Perched on a rocky outcrop, it was thus called Masjid-e-Jahanuma (Mosque with a view of the world) and why you have to climb a lovely flight of Red sand stones steps to reach it. These steps were once the site for the colorful public life of ‘Dilli’ with jugglers, magicians and storytellers providing the evening’s entertainment  (of late, well-known Delhi artistes like Mahmood Farooqi who have revived the old art of storytelling – Dastangoi – have performed here on occasion). It is believed that a relic of Prophet Muhammad, a hair from his beard, is kept in the Masjid.

Climbing 170-odd-ft to the top of the southern minaret will leave you breathless in more ways than one. On clear says you can see far, and one of the best views is of the Masjid itself; a great photo-opportunity. The stairs are ventilated and well lit; women are not allowed without a male escort.