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Nili Masjid

Location:Hauz Khas Enclave

Time to Visit: Open on all days

Preferred Timings: sunrise to sunset

Admission Fee: Free and open to all

Photography charges: nil

How to Reach:Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this structure located in South Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat


Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: about 30 minutes

(All data as of October 2005)

Kasaumbhil, a nurse by profession built the Nili Masjid or the blue mosque in about 1505-06 during the reign of Sikandar Lodi (1489-1517). She was the nurse of Fath Khan, the son of Khan-i-Azam Masnad, the governor of Delhi. Located within the Hauz Khas Enclave, the central chamber of the mosque is all that is left at present. It has three-arched openings and is surmounted by a dome. The central arch of the mosque has the inscription that displays the date of its construction. The mosque is called 'Nili masjid' because the façade above the chhajja (lintel) is decorated with blue tiles.

Just south of the Nili Masjid lie the ruins of an Idgah with rubble built walls on the west having a series of eleven mihrabs. The mosque appears to have served the purpose of a place of worship as well as a battlement. The southern bastion of the structure has an inscription that informs readers that Iqbal Khan built the mosque around 1404-05 after the invasion of Timur. Iqbal Khan was a powerful noble during the reign of Mahmud Tughlaq's reign. He was popularly known as Mallu Khan.

Chor Minar is a rubble-built tapering tower situated about 300 meters southeast of the Idgah. Built during the Khilji period, the tower is fixed on a raised platform and has a staircase in its interior. The exact use of the tower is not unknown but it is believed that it may have functioned as a watchtower. However, some believe that the heads of burglars and thieves were placed in the circular holes present on the exterior of the tower to discourage the people from unethical activities.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Hauz Khas, Kalkaji Temple, Lotus Temple, Satpula, Nizamuddin's Shrine and Chirag Dehlvi's Dargah

Nearby Places to Eat: There are many good restaurants in Ansal Plaza Mall on Khel Gaon Marg, McDonald's and sophisticated eating joints in Greater Kailash-1's Market, Nirula's, Nescafe, Barista and many popular restaurants in PVR Saket Complex and good restaurants in Panchsheel and Hauz Khas Market

Nearby Shopping Venues: Ansal Plaza, one of the best malls of Delhi on Khel Gaon Marg, Panchsheel Market, Nehru Place (electronic items), Kalkaji Market and C R Park Market (residential markets), Greater Kailash-1 Market (all types of consumer goods, especially garments)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04