Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid is the most popular mosque in Old Delhi and it is also the largest mosque in India. It was built during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. The construction of this mosque took six years which had commenced in 1650 and ended in 1656. It has a vast courtyard which can accommodate up to 25000 worshippers at a time. The Jama Masjid is renowned as a congregational mosque for the Friday prayers of the Muslim community which is better known as “Jummah”. A very interesting attraction about the Jama Masjid is its collection of antique relics in its north gate. There is a copy of the Holy Quran written on written on deer skin which is really a spectacle to see.

The building that literally rises above the splendour of the Lal Quila is Shah Jahan's Jama Masjid, once the larest mosque in Asia, se on an elevated mound reached by an ascentof some 35 steps, and said to be the finest example of the three-dorned Mughal mosque.

A few relics of Prophet Muhammad, including a hair from his beard, his sandals and his footprint in marbl, are said to be preserved in a pavilion along with two copies of the Quran on deerskin of some antiquity. It's courtyard is huge, filled with Muslims of different nationalities, with flights of pigeons and an undfinable serenity.

Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with many ethnic groups and cultures. Due to these various groups, several languages are spoken here, Hindi is the official language, which is spoken by the majority of the population. Urdu, Punjabi and English are other common languages in Delhi.





Travel Tips

As Delhi experiences extreme climatic conditions, visiting the Jama Masjid in extreme summers would be a wrond idea. As the sightseeing visit will take place during the day time, so if you can make a trip here in the winters, it will be comfortable but the summer heat will be extreme and difficult to tolerate. Again, while you are in Jama Masjid as a tourist, you can enjoy it the best if you go there after a certain amount of homework on the history of this monument. Again, the entire exploration of this architectural exhibit is on foot. So you must wear comfortable shoes so that you can move around with much ease. Again, you must carry some good amount of cash because the market place around Jama Masjid will be very appealing for you and you can really strike some great bargaining deals here.

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Things to do

The architecture of the Jama Masjid is really something to watch out for in exchange of consuming considerable time. There are 3 ways of reaching the courtyard, namely, east, north and south. There are 3 flights of step that leads to the courtyard in all the sides. Every step is made up of red sandstone. The northern gate has 39 steps whereas the southern side has 33 steps. Again, the eastern side has 35 steps. All these steps are now used for food stalls and shops. The surrounding area of this mosque is a cheap and colourful market place where you can also enjoy shopping. Coming back to the architecture of the mosque, you must notice the huge 80 m length and 27 m width of the mosque. There are 2 gigantic minarets that are 41 m high and have 130 steps to climb them up. The Masjid is crowned by 3 domes of the Islamic style. These domes are made up of alternate stripes of white and black marble. Below the domes is the hall which has a vast space and the floors are designed with white and black marbles. Thus, overall the Jama Masjid is not only a religious place for the Muslims but it is also a brilliant exhibit of the Mughal architecture.

Getting Around

The local transport system in Delhi is pretty cheap and frequent. So you can take either an Auto Rickshaw or a local bus to get around in Delhi. The Delhi Metro Rail services are also cool for travelling within the city.

Places to Stay

If you’re in the mood to splurge, then the Radisson Blu Hotel is one of the perfect options to go for. The decor is a mix of the medieval with the modern, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. This 5-star hotel provides all the amenities you might need, and the restaurants within this hotel provide some of the most delicious cuisines. 

If you’re looking for comfortable places to put up at, which will not burn a hole in your pocket, then Avalon Courtyard and Peppermint West might be two good choices. Both these hotels provide all the basic amenities, internet services, and much more. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and the hotels have a very nice ambience to go with their fantastic provisions.

If you're for a good budget hotel, with clean rooms, and a number of options available, in terms of the kind of room required. Another low range hotel is Hotel Star Paradise. They provide room service, they have a rooftop restaurant, and free Wi-Fi services too.

How to Reach

  • The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the airport that Connects Delhi to the world and the domestic terminal of this airport connects the city to the rest of India. As Delhi is the capital city of India, so there are innumerable flights from different places of India to Delhi.
  • There are three major Railway stations that connect the different parts of India to Delhi. These are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. You can visit the Humayuns Tomb from any one of these stations with the help of local transports.
  • Bus services from all major locations of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available to take you to Delhi. Delhi Transport Corporation provides with cab and bus service. Air conditioned travel transfers is preferable during the summer.

Surrounding Attractions

Delhi is a reservoir of tourist attractions and thus it is one of the major tourist spots in India along with being the capital of the nation. If you visit Humayun’s Tomb then definitely you must visit the following sightseeing places which are located nearby to the Humayun’s Tomb.

  • Red Fort: This is a very renowned tourist spot in Delhi. It is a Fortress created under the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the 17th century. It is made up of red stones and the floorings are made up of marble. The awesome architectural excellence makes this place one of the best tourist spots in Delhi.
  • Humayun’s Tomb: This is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and was built none years after his death. It was commissioned by the orders of Emperor Humayun’s beloved wife, Bega Begum. It’s a beautiful white marble and red sandstone built structure.
  • Qutab Minar: This is the tallest monument in India which is 73 m high. It is the oldest monument in India and the most visited place by the tourists.
  • Lotus Temple: This is an exotic example of modern architecture. The top of this temple is designed in the shape of a blooming lotus that has petals all around. With the spectacular garden decor and the illumination arrangements, this place is one of the favourite spots for the tourists.
  • India Gate: This is a monument built in tribute of the great soldiers of India and the British –Indian cult who have lost their lives in the World War I.
  • Chandni Chowk: This is a very famous place in Old Delhi which is pretty crowded and has stunning collections of clothing and jewellery shops where enough of bargaining is allowed. This place carries the real flavour of Delhi and you will miss it if you do not visit the place.
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