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The Grace Hotel in Mahipalpur, New Delhi
Address : 59-B, Road No.4, A-Block
Mahipalpur Extn, Near IGI Airport, New Delhi - 110037(India) 

Tel. (O) : +(91)(11)-42198515 
Mobile : +(91) 9999776646, 9650267666, 9999883538 
Fax. : +(91)-(11)-41011680
Email : info@thegracehotel.in, thegracehotel@in.com 
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Jama Masjid in Delhi : A calm respite from the surrounding mayhem, India’s largest mosque can hold a mind-blowing 25,000 people. Towering over Old Delhi, the ‘Friday Mosque’ was Shah Jahan’s final architectural opus, built between 1644 and 1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40m high, and is constructed of alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. You can enter from gate 1 or 3. The only prayer session where non-Muslims may be present is at 7.45am.

Buy a ticket at the entrance to climb 121 steps up the narrow southern minaret (notices say that unaccompanied women are not permitted, but they may be allowed up with a ‘guide’ who’ll expect a tip). From the top of the minaret, you can see one of the features that architect Edwin Lutyens incorporated into his design of New Delhi – the Jama Masjid, Connaught Place and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House) are in a direct line.

Visitors should remove their shoes at the top of the stairs. There’s no charge to enter the mosque, but you’ll have to pay the camera charge whether you want to use your camera or not. Once you buy a camera ticket, you should be allowed to go out and re-enter later that day if you choose.
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