India's Largest Mosque
With over 200 million Muslims in India, there are no shortage of mosques. Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the country, rises above the rest. It was commissioned by Shah Jahan, the same emperor who built the iconic Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1656 AD, the courtyard of Jama Masjid can accommodate 25,000 devotees. There is a dress code and traditional robes can be rented at the northern gate. The mosque is located in Old Delhi near other notable sites, including the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk market, so schedule extra time to explore the area. Note: Tourists are not allowed during prayer hours.
By Allison Sodha, AFAR Local Expert
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Old Delhi Downpour
About to ascend the steps of the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, I am forced to shelter when a sudden storm breaks over Old Delhi. An elderly Indian and I look out at the mosque from the safety of a nearby shop.
Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Sun - Sat 7am - 12pm, 1:30pm - 6:30pm