India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid was originally given the name of Masjid-i-Jahanuma, which means mosque commanding the world’s view. Build by Shah Jahan in 1656, this shimmering red-and-white sandstone structure accolades for being the final architectural conquest of this Mughal emperor. Housing two 40m tall minarets in its spacious courtyard, India’s largest mosque can accommodate 25000 worshippers for daily prayers.
Hyderabad’s prime attraction, Charminar is an impressive gateway, which is accessible from all four directions. Offering dizzying views of city’s’ courtly life from its top, Charminar is an enticing mosque in Hyderabad which was built in 1591 under the regime of Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah. It's certainly an imposing sight, although city’s persistent traffic that constantly swirls around this amazingly beautiful structure, crowded markets, and people standing in long queues.
Floating like a sacred mirage off the coast, Haji Ali Dargah Indo-Islamic shrine located on an offshore inlet is a striking sight. Built in the 19th century, it contains the tomb of the Muslim saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Legend has it that Haji Ali died while on a pilgrimage to Mecca and his casket miraculously floated back to this spot. Visited by people of all faiths, it’s one among the most miraculous attractions of Mumbai, providing scenic views of Marine drive.
Bhopal’s third female ruler, Shah Jahan Begum, wanted to create the largest mosque in the world, so in 1877 she set about building the Taj-ul-Masjid. Still incomplete at her death in 1901, it was not finally finished until the 1980s. Fortress-like pink walls surround a 99-sq-metre courtyard and a prayer hall with 27 scalloped ceiling domes and three gleaming eggshell-like domes on top, all overlooked by two towering minarets.