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Visit of Jama mosque

The largest mosque in India

Petr Liška
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Visit of Jama mosque
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Jama (Friday) mosque is the heart of old Delhi and along with the Red Fort the biggest tourist attraction. It is the best known and largest mosque in India and one of the jewels of Mughal architecture. Its beauty rivals with a few years younger Badshahi Mosque in Pakistani Lahore. In addition, it is possible to climb the minaret and look around Delhi from above.

Ritual cleansing

Once you pass through one of three monumental gates to the courtyard, you will surely enjoy the pool in the center, which is used for ritual washing the feet before entering the mosque.

Ritual cleansing
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Jama mosque

Front view of the fabulously beautiful mosque is of course the best of the whole tour. On the sides are two more than forty meters high minarets. It is allowed to ascend to one of them and so you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the surroundings.

Jama mosque
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Courtyard from the terrace

You can clearly see the entire courtyard with a swimming pool in the middle from the terrace at the minaret. Since it is mandatory to walk here barefoot and red sandstone (from which most Mughal monuments including Red Fort are constructed) gets pretty hot from the sun, the paths are made of wet rags /nightmare of every dermatologist/.

Courtyard from the terrace
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View of the old town

View of the old town only enhances the contrast between fabulous Mughal architecture and very unsightly concrete buildings of contemporary Indian cities.

View of the old town
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Monumental gateway

There is a nice view of the monumental gateway and the surrounding busy bazaars from the minaret. On the horizon are visible endless walls of the Red Fort.

Monumental gateway
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Red Fort on the horizon

Due to local smog and humid air it is barely visible to the monumental entrance gate of Red Fort – the seat of Mughal emperors.

Red Fort on the horizon
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