Delhi is well known for its historical architecture both Mughal and British. It is home to the following historical monuments: Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humyan Tomb, Purana Quila, Fot of Tughlakabad, Jama Masjid.
About Jama Masjid
When one plans a tour of Delhi, one must visit the Jama Masjid. It is known as the Masjid-I Jahan - Numa or the World reflecting Mosque. It is one of the most significant places in terms of religion. It is one of the largest mosques built in India. The mosque is located at Bho jhala, one of the oldest Mughal capitals of Shajahanabad. Jama Masjid was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 -1656. The mosque is built of yellow and red sand stone and white marble. It is one of the most beautiful and mesmerising combination of both Islamic and Hindu style of architecture. The mosque was built by more than 5000 artisans. The courtyard of the mosque can accommodate about 25000 people. The cabinet located in the North gate has relics of the Quran written on deer skin. The sandle and footprints of prophet Muhammad is also implanted on the marble blocks. The Badshahi Masjid built by emperor Aunrangzeb in Lahore Pakistan is inspired by the architecture of the Jama Masjid. The eastern entrance houses the tombs of Sultan Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Shah and Qutubuddin Ahmed Shah. One can have an excellent bird’s eye view of the city from the high minarets of the mosque.
The tour of Jama Masjid can be planned along with the visit to the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, International Dolls Musium, Zoological Park and the Purana Quila, all are at close proximity. It can be reached by Delhi government tourist buses or by other public means of transport.