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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The mosque is a phenomenal structure and deserves veneration. Unfortunately, despite collecting hefty entrance fees, the authorities seem not to clean, maintain, or take pride in this architectural & historical gem. Too bad. I'd still recommend a visit & make sure to climb to the very top of the minaret,

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

As others have said, this is a beautiful and spiritually important place. It is a 'must see' of Delhi. Entrance is free, but there is a 300Rs charge for cameras. Be aware of cultural norms and cover up - this means no shorts, and wear long sleeves. Women need to cover your heads.

We were shown around by a very knowledgeable and helpful guide for a short while, who attached himself to us very quickly when we entered (two white people with cameras, obvious target really). His information was very useful, talking about the Muslim religion as well as the history of the Mosque in a little detail as we wandered the site.

There is a wonderful atmosphere here of peace.

Very sadly, at the end he politely asked for money, and we happily handed over what we thought was a reasonable amount. He then got quite insistent asking for an awful lot more. He was quite pushy and arrogant at this point. We explained we are volunteers, but this did not dissuade him. We did hand over some more money, but not as much as he wanted. We left feeling really quite saddened by the encounter - this is not an attitude or sign of hospitality I would expect. We then of course got hassled for money by the man by the shoes.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The mosque is quite stunning and right in the heart of Delhi. It was really amazing to see, and climbing a minaret (100 rupees) is a must! The views from the top of the minaret were unbelievable: you have a complete panorama of Delhi.

The mosque is definitely a site worth visiting, but there were a couple of downsides. First, they check your bags and charge 300 rupees per iPhone and/or camera, which is pretty steep--if you have a phone or camera on your person, you will have to pay for it. Second, we had been pretty careful to cover up (long pants and shoulders covered), but they still charged women 100 rupees to rent a robe that would cover the lengths of their arms. Third, beware of unwanted tours: a man accompanied us up the minaret, even though we didn't want a tour, and then charged us 100 rupees per person for the "tour." Also, it's good to keep in mind that you will have to take off your shoes before entering and leave them outside.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We had just couple of hours in Dehli and we wanted to see the great mosque before the dusk. We were stopped by the gates by the rude guards who immediately asked for 600 INR just to get in. We agreed - but something was not right. Just after entering they forced us to wear the shawls and stuff and asked for another 150 INR. We turned around and asked for our money back - they changed their minds and the shawls are suddenly complimentary. Walking barefoot we noticed the floor is covered in all kind of mess (including bird feaces everywhere). The mosque itself was in a bad shape and interior was .... well empty. There was nothing interesting about the place, except it was big, what we figured from outside as well. There was another fee of 100 INR to the minaret, we did not go there, cause we were already angry about the entry price. Later, we've found out the entrance is completely free and the fee is for cameras only. We should have read the Lonely Planet suggestions first... The moral of the story is: TAKE PICTURES FROM OUTSIDE THE AREA AND DO NOT PAY AT THE ENTRANCE, IT IS A TOURIST TRAP.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

I must say I liked the mosque itself, a 4-star sight for me but the people inside made me feel very uncomfortable. The young men were harassing my girlfriend and the people at the gates were very rude.

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