Jama Masjid is the largest and most well known mosque in India. It is flanked by Red fort on one side and the old city Chandni Chowk on another side. Built by Shah Jahan in 17th century, Jama Masjid is today is a popular pilgrimage destination.
The spacious courtyard fills up to its brim during Id.There are three entrances to the Courtyard- on the East, North and South. Since the mosque is laid on a hillock, the steps climbing up to this are steep. The eastern gate has 774 steps.
People flock to the pool in the middle of the courtyard to wash their face, hands and feet before entering the holy mosque. Some even drank the water as they considered it holy. Pigeons flew down whenever they see vacant spaces and cool themselves by splashing in the water. They have learned to share the pool and live in harmony with each other.
There is a pigeon feeding ground in the courtyard. A boy ran out of nowhere and started chasing the birds. Soon within no time he was the centre of everyone's attention. But the boy gave up as the pigeons always kept coming back with resilience.
The Eastern side of the Masjid faced Red Fort. Here, some kids and some women revel themselves to the sight of Red Fort basking vibrant in the sun. This verandah like spot is a favorite place for women and kids as they do not have as much freedom as the men to go inside the Mosque.
There is no entrance fee here but it is one of the most expensive places for photography. The authorities charge you 200 Rs for Photography inside the Masjid. I thought they were kidding until they showed me the ticket. One can leave the footwear outside for a sum of "give whatever you want" but the tricky part is when you give them some coins they want Rs.100 notes. It helps to be cautious.
How to get there: The nearest metro station is Chandni Chowk station. From here it is a Rs.25 ride by paddle Rickshaw. Or you could just walk.