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Located in the heart of Indian capital, Jama Masjid is considered one of the largest mosques of India located in Old Delhi. Made of marble and red sandstone, the charm of this structure increases by manifolds. According to historians, this building was Shah Jahan’s last architectural glory. Shah Jahan had also built another mosque of the same in the city of Agra as well. The mosque was built between 1644-1658. And many times, it is also referred to as the Friday Mosque. Apparently, the word Jama in Jama Masjid means Friday. 

One can use Gate 1, 2 and 3 for entry access. The gate on the eastern side was used for imperial use mainly. The entry to the mosque is free, however, if you want to take a camera inside then, you will have to pay INR 300. There is a separate ticket to climb the 121 steps for which you will need to shell out INR 100. The grandeur of the mosque is such that close to 25,0000 Muslims can pray at a time.

History of Jama Masjid

It was the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who built Jama Masjid. It is believed that more than 5000 workers had put their efforts to build the mosque. The construction of the mosque was done under the wazir, Saadullah Khan. As for the cost, it is believed that at that time, the expenses incurred were close to one million rupees.

Also Read: Built in the era of Nawab Asaf-Ud-daula in 17th century, this place is a grand amalgamation of Mughal and Awadhi architecture

It is said that after the British victory in the Revolt of 1857, the Britishers had confiscated the mosque and also had stationed the soldiers there. And it is also said that the Britishers also wanted to destroy the mosque as an act of punishment to the city. However, due to the opposition faced by them, the destruction couldn’t be done.

Top Attractions in and Around Jama Masjid

Beautiful Paintings. There are many paintings out of which a visitor can have a fairly good idea of the long-gone history of Delhi and its various nuances.

Carved Tiles. The carved tiles upon which the text is written in Persian, Urdu and other Islamic languages will certainly inspire awe in your heart.

Visit Qutub Minar. This is another prominent historical structure to explore. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the astounding architecture of the monument is a subject of contemplation for many.

Chandni Chowk. How can a person not forget visiting the Old Delhi Bazaars? It feels as if its the heart of Delhi where once even the most prominent sultans and kings had walked. Here you will find a lot of items to shop around right from the scrumptious food, daily life essentials to jewellery.

Best Time to Visit Jama Masjid

If you want to offer Namaz, you can visit the place at specific timings such as 7 am - 12 am and 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm. And the best months to visit Delhi would be from October to March. During this time the temperature remains more or less pleasant and cool. The summer in Delhi is very hot, thus it is best to avoid travelling here during those times.

How to Reach Jama Masjid

By Air. Deboard at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. It has great connectivity via other nearby and major cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and many other cities. Outside the airport, you can easily find a cab to reach the masjid.

By Road. Travelling via road to Delhi will only add to the list of your fun experiences. It has good road connectivity via roads from nearby cities like Chandigarh, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Amritsar and other cities and districts as well. Depending upon your convenience and budget, you can easily travel to Delhi by your own vehicle, cab or a bus.

By Train. Getting a train to the capital city of our country is not hard at all. You can easily catch a train other Indian cities. Tourists can consider deboarding the train at Old Delhi Train station. From there, the masjid is located at a distance of 2-3 km only.

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