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“The beating heart of Old Delhi - wonderful!”

Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid)
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US$39.00*
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Private Half-Day Tour of Old Delhi with Lunch
Ranked #82 of 446 things to do in New Delhi
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Emperor Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal, commissioned this mosque in 1644. It remains the largest mosque in India.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This massive mosque is visible from afar and is hundreds of years old, still actively attended by thousands of devotees every week.

It is literally, the beating heart of Old Delhi, which itself is a nice place to get in touch with life in India - many tourists have the absolutely wrong perception that India is a "less developed" country and expressed the same openly before guides and holiday planners, but yet a few minutes spent walking around with locals would tell you whatever trades they're doing today have been done for hundreds of years... and likewise thousands of people have attended Friday Prayers at Jama Masjid since it was built.

While last year there were some reviews mentioning unfriendly gatekeepers and touts, there were none of the sort when I visited with Dinesh, a senior gentleman who served as my tour guide but we soon had very lengthy and respectful conversations about Muslim traditions and culture thanks to previous exposure with friends and relatives in Malaysia. Jama Masjid is the perfect place for such discussions and we met no small number of Muslim pilgrims as well during the day.

It's rare to find a place (and people) that appreciate my enjoyment and knowledge of the Islamic way of life and I did enjoy my time spent here.

As for those who find the mosque "nothing of spectacular value" I respectfully disagree. It doesn't have 4 plots of Mughal gardens arrayed in front, it's set on a hill with a fortress-like curtain wall, so it's not as visually impressive from a distance as say, the Taj Mahal.

But culturally, Old Delhi may not exist without this place in its core. It's part of the local way of life, and certainly is a big part of Delhi's history as well.

Standing near where the imam would stand leading the prayers, you can definitely feel the absolute power of the place where up to 20,000 can fit in the courtyard at once.

And so on the way out I told the gatekeepers and security staff that I loved the mosque, and they were all pleasantly surprised at the compliments. It does take a bit of understanding and knowledge of the Islam culture to fully appreciate the symbolism and grandeur of the place.

For me I wanted my tour of India to be very in touch with the local people, learn how they lived, where they went, what they believed in - Jama Masjid was definitely one of the top highlights of the trip, and while I was initially hesitant to visit it out of respect for the place (I am a non-Muslim), I was very thankful of the kind welcome and the personalized guidance from Dinesh the tour guide provided by GeTS Holidays.

Thank KannanKoh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is located almost in old Delhi. Very crowded place. Like Sikh Temple you should take off your shoes and pay 300 Rupees to take your camera or mobile phone with you inside the mosque, otherwise you should put your stuff out somewhere!!! About 25000 people can gather and pray in Islamic ceremonies at one time. It has scaffolding now inside for some repairment.

Thank Hourie A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the mosque on a Saturday and it was pretty busy. The actual building is nothing of spectacular value unlike some temples.

Thank belgianbun
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The biggest mosque in India, amazing place visited by hundreds, you will be given a robe on arrival so dont worry about what you are wearing, very spiritual - pick up a rickshaw on the way out for a ride through the amazing streets

Thank OxfordshireSue
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Jama Masjid mosque is one of the biggest and most important mosques in India.

It is located in old Delhi and the ticket price for foreigners is of $300INR.

You have to wear long pants of not they rent you a White skirt to cover yourself.

The mosque is very old was constructed in 1650 by a mughal emperor.

One of the best sightseeing places to visit in Delhi.

Thank kikeruiza87
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