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Zinat-ul-Masjid

Location: On Khairati Ghat, Ansari Road along the walls of Shahjahanabad in Daryaganj, opposite Shakti Sthal and south of Red Fort

Open: On all days

Admission: Free and open to all

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located between Old Delhi and New Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Preferred Timings: 10.00 am-5.00 pm

Video charges: Prior permission required, check with the local authorities

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station:Kashmiri Gate

Functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: 40 minutes

(Data are as of July 2005)


Located on Khairati Ghat, Ansari Road along the walls of Shahjahanabad in Daryaganj, opposite Shakti Sthal and south of Red Fort, Zinat-ul Masjid is also known as 'Ghata Masjid'. Built in 1707 AD by Zinat-ul-Nissa Begum, the daughter of Emperor Aurangzeb, the mosque is said to be a replica of the magnificent Jama Masjid on a smaller scale. The main features of this beautiful mosque are its sky touching minarets, Kangura battlements and its alternative strips of white and black marble on the domes. The mosque is a protected monument as it is of considerable architectural merit.
 

The mosque has a large courtyard, which is built on a raised platform. Beneath the courtyard there are over 12 basement chambers, which were used for various purposes. It also has a tank in the center, which is no longer in use. The main entrance of the courtyard is from southern side while the northern side entrance remains closed. The walls of the mosque are built of random rubble and dressed stone while the floor is constructed with red sandstone. The two towering minarets are made mainly of red sandstone. Surmounted by three bulbous domes, the prayer chamber of the mosque consists of seven arches. There was also a tomb in the courtyard where Zinat-ul-Begum was buried in 1711 AD. The British removed the tomb after the 1857 war when they used the mosque for military purposes.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Salimgarh Fort, St James Church, Dara Shikoh Library, Lothian Cemetery, and Rajghat

Nearby Places to Eat

Hotel Inter-Continental in Connaught Place, Karim Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre of Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls are there for refreshment.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), Daryaganj book market (on Sunday) and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewellery and handicrafts)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04

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