Practical Information

Time
9 – 12 a.m. unless otherwise by arrangement.   See also visiting Jama Masjid below.

Days
Normally every day except Sunday.   Please check about national holidays or festivals

Start point
Jama Masjid, Gate no. 3.  We wait on the steps inside the gates.

Getting to the starting point

  • by metro: the easiest way is to get off at Chawri Bazaar, exit from the front of the train (assuming you are coming from the south) and get a cycle rickshaw down Chawri Bazaar itself. Ask for gate 3 of the mosque, not gate 1.  This should cost no more than 20 Rupees, although rickshaw-wallahs may start at about 50 for tourists.  You can also walk down Chawri Bazaar (following the road with a slight bend to the right and turning left then at the end).
  • by car or auto-rickshaw: Gate 3 of the mosque is the tourist entrance where all the cars and coaches drop off, so it is well known to drivers.

End point
SBT’s largest boys’ shelter home, near Tis Hazari metro station.

Onward travel after the walk:

  • by car: there is secure parking inside the gates of the shelter home for vehicles
  • by metro: Tis Hazari station is a couple of minutes’ walk. From there it is one stop to Kashmere Gate, where you can change to the yellow line for Connaught Place or south Delhi
  • by auto-rickshaw: can be picked up outside the gate

Visiting Jama Masjid
The Walk starts by the main entrance to the mosque.  Visitors who would like to spend 10 or 15 minutes inside the mosque should please arrive that much earlier so we can start promptly at 9.  If you do want to go inside, there is a charge for taking in any kind of camera (including smartphones); visitors with uncovered shoulders or legs may also be asked to pay for a shawl or given a very unflattering gown.

What to wear
Loose clothing.  Nothing too skimpy.  Yes, it gets hot, but Old Delhi is still quite a conservative place.  Sensible shoes.  Not everything you tread on will be pristine.

What to bring
We recommend a bottle of water, a camera and a sense of enthusiasm.