Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
Summer: March-June (25°C - 47°C)
Winter: December-February (1°C - 25°C)
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Opening Time: 07:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 06:30 p.m. (closed from 12:00 p.m. to 01:30 p.m.)
Weekly Holiday: N/A
Entry Fees for Indians
Video Camera: N/A
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
Jama Masjid, a splendid magnum opus of Mugahl Architecture, deserves huge applause for its magnificent construction. Designated as India’s largest mosque and undoubtedly the most exquisite of all the Friday Mosques in the country, it boasts of brilliant use of red sandstone and white marble strips. Constructed in the 17th century (completed in 1656), the mosque allows over 25,000 devotees to pray at a single time. Each of the north, south and east entrances to the mosque are accessible by flights of multiple stairs made of red sandstone and it boasts of 4 beautiful towers and two minarets, each about 40 m. high.
About 260 pillars that are marvellously carved using Hindu and Muslim styles support the huge western chamber of the mosque. Other worth mentioning features of the mosque include its prayer hall with 11 arched entrances and its floor ornamented with white and black marble. The mosque is also known for its collection of sacred relics, including a beard hair of Prophet Mohammed, along with his sandals and footprint impressions on a marble block. An antique Quran written on deer skin is also a part of the treasure. The unruffled environment of the place make you feel separated from the whole world. Be sure to dress up conservatively. Entry for the tourists is prohibited during the prayer hours.
Located in the heart of Old Delhi facing the marvellous Red Fort, the mosque is easily accessible by road. Many local transport bus routes have it as an important destination. Tourists can also rely on cabs, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws for visiting the mosque.
Old Delhi Railway Junction is only about 2 km. from the mosque and the closest metro station is at Chawri Bazaar which is less than a km. away. Tourists getting down at these stations can easily access the mosque on foot or in cycle-rickshaws
The international airport of Delhi is about 18 km. from the mosque. One can choose among local buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws offering regular services from the airport to reach the destination.