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Jama Masjid (Mosque)

Jama Masjid, originally called Masjid Jahan-numa, is one of the most sacred places of worship for the followers of Islam. Emperor Shah Jahan ordered the construction of the mosque in 1650. Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India and can accommodate 25,000 worshippers. It is sprawled over an area of 2265 square meters. It lies in Chawri Bazar in Old Delhi. This sacred mosque contains several unique things such as rare Islamic relics and an antique Qur’an copy done on deer skin.

Built on a hillock, the masjid has 389 steps leading into the courtyard from the north, south and east directions, and 774 steps from the east entrance. These steps used to be alive with numerous food stalls, petty vendors and entertainers.

Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 as a result of the labor of over 6000 workers. The mosque was built at a cost of Rs. 10,00,000, which in those days was a fortune. The most special thing about the mosque, and something that portrays the liberal minds of the Mughal rulers, is that the 260 pillars that support the huge prayer hall are inlaid with Jain and Hindu traditional motifs. The black and white checked marble floor, the massive entrance gates, the delicate looking minarets and the domed pavilions add a lot of architectural splendor to the structure.

Nearest Accommodations: New Royal Hotel (011 2396 3233), New Frontier Hotel (011 2394 2650), Hotel Ashirwad (011 2398 7772), Punjab Hotel (011 2327 5706), Vaishnav Hotel (011 2397 8925), Gautam Hotel (096544 94324), Mahami Sewa Nyas (011 2386 5251), Gupta Guest House (098737 96693), Amrit Hotel (011 2397 7070), Smyle Inn (011 2358 9107), The Pearl Hotel (011 2363 2363), Godwin Hotels (088600 81994), Hotel Singh Empire Deluxe (011 4799 9999), Hotel Star Villa (011 2356 2712), Hotel Star Paradise (011 2358 5211), Ginger Rail Yatri Niwas (011 6663 3333)
*** These accommodations are placed old Delhi & New Delhi Railway stations.

Nearest other Tourist Attractions: Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Delhi Gate

Visit Information:-

Location: Chawri Bazaar & Red Fort

Address: Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110006

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Capacity to Prayer People together: 25,000

Towers Height: 40 meters

Architect: Syed Ahmed Bukhari

Opened to Public to Visit from: 1656

Open: Every Day

Contact Numbers: +91-11-23365358 / 23320005

Visit Timings: 7.0 am to 12.0 pm; 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Entry Fee (Ticket Price): FREE

Photography Fee: Rs. 200/-

Climbing on Southern Minaret Ticket Price: Rs. 100/-

Distance From:-

IGI and palam Airport: 21.7 KM

New Delhi RLY Station: 19.3 KM

Old Delhi RLY Station: 23.3 KM

Nizamuddin RLY Station: 18.7 KM

Anand Vihar RLY Station: 23.3 KM