Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is one of the largest and oldest mosques in India. This mosque was built in 1656 AD by Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor who has the famous Taj Mahal to his name.

A grand example of the Mughal architecture, the Jama Masjid has a huge spacious courtyard which can house about twenty five thousand individuals at a time and it does that during Ramadan, the Muslim festival.

The mosque outlooks the Red Fort at the east and is situated at the beginning of the busy streets of Chandni Chowk or Old Delhi.

Jama Masjid took a period of six years and about 5000 odd workers to complete this magnificent structure, which includes three gateways, two minarets, and four towers. A wonderful piece of architecture, this mosque is built on a 10-m platform of red stone,
from the ground level and extends along 1200 sq m in area. Open arched arcades cover the west-facing mosque on three sides.

Three domes alternately striped in white and black marble form the roof of the 80-m long and 27-m wide mosque. The domes are lined on either side by two huge 41-m tall minarets containing 130 steps.
Red sandstone and white marble stripes are present on these minarets. Four similar minarets also adorn the backside of the mosque.

The main gate of Jama Masjid, also called The Royal Entrance lies on the eastern front has a staircase of 35 steps. These stairs are made up of red sandstone, the primary material used in the ancient times. The royal entrance on the east usually remains closed during most of the week.
Ancient relics of Prophet Muhammad are entrenched in a marble slab and displayed on a high pulpit at the northern gate of the mosque, so as to enable a splendid view for all around. These include the famous Khuran inscribed on deerskin, the prophet’s sandals, his red beard-hair, his sandals, and footprints.

Five unique storeys make up the tower of Jama Masjid. Balconies project out of each storey are made either in red sandstone or in marble. To be more specific, while the fourth storey is made out marble, the first three and the fifth storeys are made of sandstone. During those days, the cost of this entire construction was recorded to be 1 million rupees. The construction of this great piece of architecture was supervised by the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan, Saadullah Khan.

The Jama Masjid mosque has sustained itself very well over the past centuries. It lies as one of the most important sites that mark Indian history.


Tours to Jama Masjid can be arranged at request. It usually is a part of the Delhi Tour. The New Delhi Tour starts from your hotel and ends at your hotel.

You can also, rent a car in Delhi, service provided by New India Travel Pvt. Limited.

Continue reading places to see in New Delhi. Other places to see are, India Gate, Old Fort & Jantar Mantra