Side angle of Jama Masjid Delhi

Visit the largest mosque in Delhi – Jama Masjid

Considering to visit the largest mosque in India Delhi? Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosque in India and really worth visiting. I’m going to present you a fact-sheet about Jama Masjid, and what to expect with some of my best photography tips. 

Jama Masjid, Delhi | The largest mosque in India

One of the largest Mosques in IndiaJama Masjid

Jama Masjid History

Another Mughal empire’s astonishing architecture is the largest Mosque in India aka Jama Masjid. Taj Mahal is world known monument built by Shah Jahan. But Jama Masjid is another important landmark of Mughal empire perceived by the same emperor. Constructed in the mid 16th century, then 1 million rupees(INR) Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. The mosque inaugurated by the highest Islāmic leader from Bukhara(now in Uzbekistan). Constructed by 5000 workers, and supervised by Shah Jahan’s prime minister. Built just opposite to the famous Red Fort, Jama Masjid is one the largest monuments of Shah Jahan’s reign. The Mosque can accommodate as many 25000 people for offering their prayers. 

Jama Masjid Architecture

The largest mosque in India had a typical Persian style housing three main gates, and two main minarets. The entire Jama Masjid is of red sandstone and marble. The mosque is in the similar pattern of Jama Masjid of Agra. 

Jama Masjid Gate 1 |  The largest mosque in India

The Prayer Hall

The main building of the Mosque is the prayer hall I recommend not to disturb the people offering their prayers here. Respect the culture and try not to step into the zone where people are praying. 

A person offering prayer at Jama Masjid, Delhi |  The largest mosque in India

The Courtyard

The 408 square feet courtyard is one of the largest ones in India and is able to accommodate 25000 people. If you wish to take photographs from the courtyard of the prayer hall, try standing near the gate 1. That gives the best angle of the entire Prayer Hall building in a single frame, like the below one I captured.

The Prayer Hall building of Jama Masjid |  The largest mosque in India

The Minarets

The two minarets are 40m high having 5 storeys each and an accompanying balcony. The minarets also have small windows used for maintaining rainwater flow. They also make a unique angle for photography. 

The small window in the Minaret in Jama Masjid | The largest mosque in India

The Left Minaret in the above picture is open for the public to go till top for amazing views of the Mosque and Delhi city. The ticket counter is on the southern end of Mosque. A ticket needs to be purchased to go on the top of the Minaret. Also, it is mandatory to remove shoes before entering the mosque. 

View of the courtyard from the Minaret of Jama Masjid | The largest mosque in India

The 121 steps to the top the Minaret are quite steep and takes us through a dark path. Even the top of the Minaret holds a very small standing space. So, I would suggest to stay safe there, and not get carried away by the wonderful views from the top. 

views of city including the tomb of Mosque from the Minaret in Jama Masjid  | The largest mosque in India

The tomb of Mosque from the Minaret Jama Masjid  | The largest mosque in India

Hook yourself to a corner and try as many as angles while there in the short span. If you are planning to go on a weekend, you will have probably be met by a queue. So, keep that in mind and let the queue rotate. Or, I suggest going there as early as dawn to get the entire area to yourself. 

How to reach Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is in the Old Delhi, accessible through Chandni Chowk & Red Fort. The Mosque can be reached through 2 metro stations, either Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid. Both are different routes, Chandni Chowk falls on the Yellow Line of Metro going from Badli/ Vishwavidhalaya towards Gurgaon. Jama Masjid falls under new started Violet line starting from Kashmere Gate going until Faridabad. If you planning to visit Chandni Chowk first and then the Mosque, then the Chandni Chowk station is your pick. Although, like me, if you wish to start by Jama Masjid in old Delhi, then the Jama Masjid metro station is the best choice. As the lanes are narrow, and traffic heavy, I recommend walking from either station. The rickshaws are also a medium to reach here if the traffic is less. But even the rickshaw can get stuck and take a huge amount of time to cover a small distance. 

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Views of Delhi from base of the Minaret of Jama Masjid | The largest mosque in India

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31 thoughts on “Visit the largest mosque in Delhi – Jama Masjid

  1. tanamerarumbai says:

    What an incredible pictures you took of the masjid! And you gave tips on how to take the pictures. Awesome! I’m curious though. When you took off your shoes, did you carry it with you or left it a special place?

    • Shivani says:

      Glad you liked the tips. Yes we carried them in a bag. We went on a Sunday, it was extremely crowded with no shoe counter. It didn’t seem a risk I wanted to take 😉

  2. Amy Dodd says:

    Beautiful photos! the arches and doorways/windows provide beautiful framing for photos making for unique views and perspectives. Looks like a lovely place to take some architecture shots. 🙂

  3. Carly | says:

    That is a stunning photo of the courtyard! I will definitely add this mosque to my itinerary when I visit India next year!

  4. travellinn says:

    Wow! The view from the top is breathtaking, and so are the photos! I have not made it to India yet, but will absolutely visit the mosque when I do. I can already see myself climbing the steps for the rewarding view 🙂

  5. Ashley says:

    Your pictures of the Jama Masjid are amazing! I love your fact sheet information and your tips for getting the best pictures (at the best times!) This mosque is beautiful and you’ve portrayed it well!

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