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Khairul Manzil Masjid

Relics of the Past

Built by Maham Anga, the nurse of Mughal emperor Akbar, Khairul Manzil Masjid lies in ruins now. The mosque designed in typical Mughal architecture on the outer edge has Delhi Sultanate pattern in the inner sanctum. Predominately built in the Mughal architecture style by Maham Anga, this mosque speaks volumes about ancient techniques. Maham was the nurse of Mughal emperor Akbar and built the mosque in 1561 CE. The mosque later served as a madarsa or a learning school for young Muslim children. Khairul Manzil mosque stands opposite Purana Qila on Mathura Road and is on the south eastern edge of Sher Shah Gate.


An impression of Mughal architecture style is distinctly evident at Khairul Manzil as the doorway consists of a recessed main arch, half dome, corbelled beams and small windows above the main arch. The inner sanctum of the Khairul Manzil Masjid however gives a distinct impression of the Delhi Sultanate pattern.

The madarsa has two levels and covers both sides of the mosque. Designed with glazed tiles on the inner and other edges, this madrasa has a striking look. A unique aspect of these tiles is that no two are similar.

The mosque complex was once home to a series of shops and havelis, all of which now lie in ruins. The mosque has been primarily built without any foundations and red stone set in lime has been used extensively in its construction. Back of the mosque has a dome and the three sides of the Khairul Manzil are covered by rooms. These were used as boarding rooms by students who came to study in the madarsa.

The northern and southern side of Khairul Manzil has two floors with ten rooms. Mehrab, dome, Quran scripts and curves of the Khairul Manzil make it popular among visitors. However, much of these are in dilapidated condition today.

The main entrance of Khairul Manzil mosque has a hauz in the front end. This hauz is not functional as of now. The courtyard of Khairul Manzil mosque has a well which is used by people performing namaaz.

Useful Tips for Tourists

Khairul Manzil mosque can be visited on any hour of the day. However, it is advisable for tourists to pay a visit in early morning hours during summer months. During winters however the mosque can be visited at any hour of the day. The mosque complex lies in ruins now, so one should visit the place in group and must not carry valuables along while visiting the place. If you wish to pay obedience at the mosque, namaaz is offered by devotees every Friday and you can choose to come along.

Best Time to Visit

While summers are warm in Delhi, October to March varies from pleasant to cold. Therefore, these months are good to visit the masjid.

How to Reach

By Air

Most airlines operate flights to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, connecting it to almost all national and international cities of the world.

By Train

There are three railway stations - Old Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station - connecting the city to all parts of the country.

By Road

There are many, state and national highways intersecting at Delhi because of which it is easy to get here. Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus, Anand Vihar Bus Terminus and Inter State Bus Terminus are the three bus stands here, where one can find government and private buses.

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