One of the Architectural gifts given by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but also in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets, with the seating capacity of 20,000 people. The Jama Masjid was founded in the year 1650 by Shah Jehan to complement his palace at the Red Fort. It took six years to complete the work. The Mosque is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture. It has three gateways of which the eastern gate is the tallest. The main courtyard is 408 square feet and paved with red stone. There is a large marble tank in the center. The main Mosque is crowned by three onion shaped domes made of white marble and inlaid with stripes the Persian and of black slate. On the northern and southern sides are minarets rising up to a height of 130 feet. It also houses a hair of the prophet and a piece of the Quran written by him.
Built on a hilly place in 1998; the ISKCON Temple is a complex of temples. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this elegant temple is one of the largest temple complexes in India. It has a large number of ‘Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna’ cult followers. The elegantly designed, huge complex is situated at Hari Krishna Hill, Sant Nagar Main Road, and East of Kailash. The deity of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha reside inside the temple. Getting back to the temple - it has sikharas at a height of 90 feet above the ground level. The hall of the temple can accommodate about 1,500 people.
Beautiful would describe the architecture of the temple mildly… at the entrance are two statues of the guards of vekunth (the place where Shri Krishna resides). The huge hall is surrounded by paintings of Lord Krishna...There are beautiful paintings of Russian artists on the different past times of Radha Krishna, Sita, Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Before you leave don't forget to take the prasad, which is a Dona of some very nutritious kichdi. The temple is one of the most beautiful and well-maintained ones in Delhi. Special programmes like Kirtan, Aarti, Pravachan and Prasadam, are held every Sunday between 12 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Timing: Morning- 4.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Evening from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bala Hanuman TempleThis elegant temple stands on the southeastern side of Ranmal Lake. The 24-hour chanting of the mantra 'Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram', which has been going on in the temple since August 1, 1964, has earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Chattarpur Mandir is located beyond the Qutub Minar in Mehrauli. The temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, is built in South Indian style. The temple complex is spread over a large area with beautiful lawns and gardens. Though devotees visit these temples throughout the year, the main attraction comes during the Navarathri festival, when devotees come from far and near.