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Last updated: 26 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Amar Grover

Completed in 1656 and still among India’s largest and most beautiful mosques, the Friday Mosque, or Jama Masjid, was yet another of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s great projects (which climaxed in the Taj Mahal).

With a huge courtyard, a great bulbous dome and a pair of slender striped minarets, its graceful form is enhanced by the decorative interplay of sandstone and marble. Pivotal to the character and atmosphere of Old Delhi, it’s often full to capacity – around 25,000 – during Friday morning prayers.

For a small fee you can climb one of the minarets. Although the narrow stairwell is claustrophobic, there are stunning views over the courtyard across Old Delhi to the Red Fort.


Price from: £3
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The Jama Masjid stands amidst a tight and atmospheric knot of streets and lanes. The most straightforward access is via Meena Bazar from Netaji Subash Marg, though the mildly adventurous might like to navigate the streets from Chandni Chowk or simply walk up Chawri Bazar Road from Chawri Bazar metro station.

This is a working mosque: men should avoid shorts and women should dress modestly (no revealing clothes and especially no bare shoulders, shorts or short skirts). Robes can be hired at the main gate.

When to do it

It’s open all year round, seven days a week.

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