Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
Grand Mosque holds up to 1,200 worshipers. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the mosque, except the minaret from where photography is permitted. Dubai’s tallest minaret (70m high) lords over more than 50 small and large domes that give the city's largest mosque its distinctive silhouette. The mosque was originally a school devoted to study of the Qur'an, known as a kuttab, which welcomed its first students in the year 1900 to learn the Qur'an by rote
National Mosque Malaysia
The National Mosque of Malaysia is located in Kuala Lumpur. It has a capacity of 15,000 people and is situated among 13 acres of beautiful gardens.
Mishkal Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Kerala. It is located in Kuttichira, a part of Thekkepuram region in Kozhikode city. In 1510, the mosque was partially burned in a Portuguese attack. This entirely wooden mosque is simply breathtaking to see especially from the other side of the tank. The big Kuttichira tank is attached to the mosque. The mosque has 47 doors, 24 carved pillars and a big prayer hall that can accommodate 400 people. Copulas and minarets seems to be absent because the mosque built like a temple. The prayer hall is well ventilated and there is a wooden mimbar with beautiful motifs.
Meeran Mosque Pondicherry
A unique Gothic Islamic architecture is represented by the mosque. The three hundred and fifty year old mosque is the second oldest mosque in Puducherry. The Arcot Nawabs or the nawabs of Carnatic had built the mosque. Even today everyday prayers are chanted five times in the mosque. There is also a Madarsa in the mosque where kids come from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm to recite Quran and learn about their religion. The mosque has a dome rested upon 4 lofty pillars. A bronze kallasa is placed over the front facing minaret of the facade. The mihrab and the mimbar are closely placed with karma engraved over the mihrab. Near the mosques are the graves of Meeran, the one built the mosque and a few others.
Dargah Sharif, Ajmer
Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty Dargah of Sufi saint at Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. It is old saying that people who visit Ajmer Sharif and pray with pure faith and loyalty at his Dargah will free their soul. Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti is also known by different names as, Khawaja Gharib Nawaz, “Sultan-Ul-Hind”, Khwaja Baba, Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Ajmeri, Khwaja Sahib, Khwaja Sahab, Khwaja Ajmeri Saint Moinuddin Chishty. The Dargah Khawaja Gharib Nawaz ( R.A) has several tombs, buildings, Daalaans and courtyards are of Mughal architecture. The main attraction of the Urs are the kalanders from Mehrauli, called the friends of Gharib Nawaz, walk to Ajmer all the way from Delhi every year. They offer colourful chadders with gold and silver threads.
Adhai din ka jhonpra
Adhai din ka jhonpra or Dhai din ki Masjid is oldest mosque in Ajmer. It is a pilgrimage center from Muslim traveling to Ajmer. Major part of this Mosque were build in two and half days, giving it its name. There are Quran scripts in-scripted on the walls and its said to build using the remains of Sanskrit college and Jain and Hindu temples.
Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is the most popular and renowned religious place in Mumbai. Not only Mumbai, it is India's most famous and prestigious landmarks visited by people of all religions from all over India and also from outside India. The Haji Ali Dargah is located in the middle of an island in Worli and this makes the place more attractive. It is said that the Dargah is more than 400 years old and is the mausoleum of Pir Haji Ali Shah who was a Sufi saint. More than 30,000 people visit this place every week to seek the blessings and get their wishes fulfilled. The Dargah and the white domes and beautiful minarets are a perfect example of Islamic style of architecture. The Dargah also has Qawwali Khana where you can recite Qawwali with people there. The interiors have Quran written on it and the main entrance is purely made up of marble. The Haji Ali Dargah is the most popular pilgrimage site today and most tourists visit the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari to seek his blessings.
A must visit place in Kumarakom - the years old ancient mosque is the Juma Masjid with wooden carvings and lavish interiors. It is a place where every traveller and devotee should chance a visit as it is one of the oldest mosques of India. The mosque is believed to be a gateway of salvation with care and compassion. The beauty of the Jama Masjid lies in the undisputably grand architecture giving the outlook of a King's palace with ornate windows and wooden roofs, giving an insight into the ancient architectural form. It has stunning interiors with an enigmatic historical background. Built around 1000 years ago, it now stands in glory as a symbol of the culture and traditional diversity of Kerala. It demands a mandatory visit when you are in the lovely town of Kumarakom.
The Jama Masjid in Delhi is one of the most largest and prominent mosques in India. This architectural beauty was constructed under the reign of Shah Jahan, commissioned by the Emperor himself. More than five thousand labourers and artisans were required to conceive and complete this grand project. The mosque is constructed from red sandstone and white marble. The skeletal structure of the mosque consists of four towers and two towering minarets, each measuring forty metres. A typical characteristic of the Mughal style of architecture, the roof the mosque is composed of gigantic domes. Jama Masjid has ample open space, and can accommodate upto 25000 devotees. Beautiful pieces of calligraphy adorn the walls of mosque. This mosque is one of the highlights in any tourist's itinerary. Jama Masjid is one destination which must surely be visited.