Located just opposite the Red Fort is the imposing Jama Masjid with its black and white striped onion domes and minarets is one of the largest and the most elegant mosques in India. The sprawling courtyard has a capacity to hold 25,000 devotees at a time. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650.

jama-masjidA strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. One of the major attraction of the mosque is the treasure room where a number of relics are kept. People following other religion are not allowed to enter the premises from 12:30-2 pm.

Be sure to dress appropriately when visiting the mosque or you won’t be allowed in. This means covering your head, legs and shoulders. Attire is available there.

Location : Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. Near the Red Fort.
Entry Cost : Free, but a camera fee applies.
Opening Hours : Daily, except when prayers are being held from 12.15 p.m. to 1.45 p.m. It closes just before sunset.