About Jama Masjid, Delhi

The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā or Jama Masjid is a beautiful mosque standing tall in Old Delhi. It is one of the largest mosques in India. The area surrounding the mosque is a lively place to be in, especially during the night. The nightlife around Jama Masjid is full of tasty food, colorful markets, and smiling faces! Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the Jama Masjid between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million INR. The architecture of this serene structure is mesmerizing and spellbinding. It has three great gates, four towers and two 40-meter high minarets constructed with strips of red sandstone and white marble. Here is a courtyard that can accommodate more than 25,000 people. Also, the three domes on the terrace are surrounded by two minarets. It is a perfect place to visit during the evening hours when the night is about to hit. This way you can enjoy the much-loved nightlife of Old Delhi.

Must See

  • The vast, 17th-Century Mughal-style mosque
  • Islamic architecture
  • Mughal architecture
  • Indo-Islamic architecture

How to reach

It is located in the heart of old Delhi, near the Chawari Bazar Metro Station on the Yellow Line. You can either walk down to the mosque from here or take a cycle rickshaw.


  • Hiring a guide is helpful to know about the history and architecture.
  • Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs if you use the gates behind the mosque.
  • Once you get to the top you must remove your shoes before entering.
  • The ladies are expected to wear robes.
  • The men worship in the large open area and the women on the edges, in screened off areas.
  • It is rare for a non-muslim to enter a mosque, so don't miss out on the opportunity.
  • Word of advice - bring socks! You have to remove your shoes to enter the complex, so if you are in sandals that means your bare feet may get scorched on the stones.
  • Don't go before the praying time because you might not be able to visit the whole mosque area.
  • Bird droppings abound - another reason to wear socks.
  • A pool in the center of the mosque is used by the faithful for ablutions before prayer, so use that.

Visit Time

Monday: - 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: - 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: - 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: - 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: - 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: - 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: - 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours


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