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Fatehpuri Masjid

Reliving Past Elegantly

The serene calmness of Fatehpuri Masjid is the first thing that attracts people. Located in the bustling Chandni Chowk area, this masjid was built by Fatehpuri Begum in 1650 and is a key religious shrine for the Muslim community of Delhi. Fatehpuri Masjid stands on opposite edge of Red Fort, which is another fabulous monument of India. To see the masjid in all its glory, one must visit during key festivals such as Id-ul-Fitar and Id-ul-Zuha, which are celebrated with tremendous religious fervour here.


A grand 17th-century mosque, this place was constructed by a queen named Fatehpuri Begum, who was one of the wives of Shah Jahan. Constructed in 1960, this place is still used as a place of worship by the muslims. Interestingly, the masjid was auctioned to Rai Lal Chunnamal after the 1857 war by the British. Some descendents of Chunnamal continue live in this area till date. Later, the masjid was handed over to the local Muslims in 1877 by the British Government as they were allowed back in Old Delhi.

Architecture of Fatehpuri Masjid

Red sandstone has been used extensively in building the Fatehpuri Masjid because of which it gains a sombre effect. Designed with a fluted dome and a kalash on top, this masjid has many unique and interesting attractions, lending it a distinct touch.

The prayer hall of the masjid is flanked by seven arched openings to give it a grand appearance. Interestingly, this masjid is flanked by single and double story apartments on both sides. There is also an iwan in middle of Fatehpuri Masjid flanked by three arches on each side, which is another architectural marvel.

Fatehpuri Masjid has three gates, one in front of red fort and others on Northern and Southern edge. Gates of the mosque have parapets made of red stones, which add to the beauty. The southern side has double verandas and is flanked by big rooms on both sides.

The courtyard of the mosque has a large tank, which has a lovely effect. At the same time, Fatehpuri Masjid is built on a raised platform which is 3 ½ foot high. Main arch of the masjid is high with large domes and kangoorahs flanking both the sides. Black and white strips lend a unique ambiance to the main dome of the mosque.

Minarets make up an impressive part of the masjid and they are all about 80 feet high. Made of lime mortar, the minarets have a unique look. Each of the arches has three steps in the front. In addition, both ends of the masjid are flanked by rows of pillars of red stones. The well in the masjid has its source in Lal Kuan.

Where to Eat

Fatehpuri Masjid is located in vicinity of Chandni Chowk, a key market area in old Delhi. The road leading tothe masjid has a range of shops and restaurants offering the choicest cuisine in the area. However, nothing edible is available within the closed enclosure of the masjid as the same is primarily a religious place.

Useful Tips for Tourists

The masjid can be visited ideally on any day of the week as it is open from sunrise to sunset. Fatehpuri Masjid is located near old Delhi railway station and Delhi Metro can be used for commuting in case you are coming from a distant region of Delhi. Ideally, a time of 30 minutes is required to see the entire masjid complex. This monument is open on all days for public view.

Best time to Visit

Delhi temperatures are pleasant from October to March, which is a good time to visit the place. If you wish to come over to Fatehpuri Masjid to pay your obedience, the best days of the year are the festive occasions of Id-ul-Fitar and Id-ul-Zuha.

How to Reach

By Air

Delhi is home to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is well-connected to almost all national and international cities of the world.

By Train

Delhi is home to three railway stations - Old Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. They have trains going to all parts of the country.

By Road

There are many state and national highways that connect to Delhi, which makes it easy to get here. Additionally, the city also has three bus stands Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus, Anand Vihar Bus Terminus and Inter State Bus Terminus - to offer easy connectivity. Government and private buses ply from these terminals to all parts of India.

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