India Top 25 Islamic Muslim Destinations

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India Top 25 Islamic Muslim Destinations

1. Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid or Masjid-i-jahan-Numa means a world reflecting mosque. This historical place is located in the central heart of old Delhi just opposite the famous red fort. This was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. Its construction cost 1 million rupees. It was constructed by more than 5000 workers. Jama Masjid is also known as the Friday congregational mosque because Muslims turn up in large numbers to offer Namaz on Fridays, called as the yaum al-jum`a.  Masjid-i-Jahan Numa popularly called as Jama Masjid, means the mosque commanding a view of the world.

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2. Dargah Qutub Sahib, Delhi

Dargah-Qutub-Sahib is Situated near Gandak ki Baoli in the Mehrauli village, some 400 meters away from the Adham Khan’s tomb, Dargah of Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kalki is holds high regards for people of Islam religion. Qutubudddin was the disciple and spiritual successor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer. It is believed that several high esteem rulers like Bahadur Shah I, Shah Alam II and Akbar II lie buried in the various enclosures around the saint’s grave. It is also believed that one, who truly believes in the saint, makes a wish by tying a thread near the grave.

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3. Hazratbal Shrine, Srinagar

 Hazratbal Shrine is Situated near the Dal Lake, the only domed mosque in Srinagar is a place of serenity, a must visit. Women are allowed only till the first part of the mosque. The Hazratbal Mosque lends a historic and divine appeal to Srinagar. As you walk down the corridors of this famous religious sanctum, you marvel at the intricate Persian and Iranian architectural influences. The main significance of Hazratbal Shrine lies in the fact that it houses a strand of the hair of the prophet Mohammad and it is the big reason the dargah is counted in most religious places of Muslims in India.

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4. Ajmer Sharif, Rajasthan

 Ajmer is home to the famous Dargah Sharif, which houses the Tomb of Garib Nawaz, also known as Moinuddin Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of Sufism. Ajmer is also known for Mayo College, one of the country’s first schools that was a stepping stone for British style of education. It is also a sacred city for Hindus and Muslims alike and is renowned for being a centre of history and culture and beauty.

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5. Sheikh Salim Chishti Dargah, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra-Jaipur Highway

The tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti is a white marble structure placed in the middle of a huge sandstone formation. Showcasing excellence in craftsmanship are the jali screens that are intricately carved out of marble. You will be amazed to see the spectacular serpentine brackets that are made to support the broad chajja on four sides.

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6. Char Minar, Hyderabad

The Charminar in Hyderabad was constructed in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutab Shah. Char minar is most famous Historical place of Hyderabad and Andhra pradesh.  We can say there is equal importance of Charminar as Taj mahal in agra and eiffel tower in paris. Even Charminar is included in top 10 historical places of India. It's English name is a translation of two words "char" and "minar" which is four towers.

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7. Haji Ali, Mumbai

Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai, visited by people of all religions alike. Haji Ali Dargah is one of India’s most famous and prestigious landmarks situated about 500 yards from the Mumbai shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea off Lala Lajpatrai Marg. The structure has white domes and minarets reminiscent with the Mughal architecture of the period. The Dargah is a renowned pilgrimage site among the Muslims. Non-Muslims are also allowed to visit the Dargah. The white-coloured structure attracts visitors in large numbers. About 10 - 15 thousand people visit the Dargah daily. 

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8. Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi

Nizamuddin Dargah is one of the most prominent places for Muslims to visit in India. The marble shrine of the Sufi Saint, Nizam-ud-din Auliya is a notable point of pilgrimage for Muslims. Other tombs in the compound include that of Jahanara (daughter of Shah Jahan) and the renowned Urdu poet Amir Khusru. The Dargah is one of the most extraordinary places to listen to Sufi music and qawwali (Islamic devotional singing) at sunset.

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9. Cheraman Juma Mosque, Thrissur

The Cheraman Juma Masjid is said to have been built in 629 AD and then was rebuilt in the 11th century AD. The mosque takes one back in the glorious years of Islam in India and of course help in acheiving inner peace and tranquility. It was built on a place rewarded by the last Chera ruler who upon witnessing a miraculous phenomenon, travelled to Mecca and adopted Islam.

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10. Piran Kaliyar Sharif, Haridwar

Piran Kaliyar, also known as Kaliyar Sharif is dedicated to Sufi Saint Allauddin Ali Ahmad Sabir also known as Sabir Kaliyari who lies here in peace. The 13th century saint was the successor of the great Sufi poet and Saint Hazrat Baba Farid of the Chishti order. The tomb was built by Ibrahim Lodhi and typifies the Islamic architecture with its carved grillwork. During the months of May-June, a 15-day Urs is celebrated at the Dargah on which people belonging to all religions, castes and creeds turn in multitudes.

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11. Shah-e-Aalam, Ahmedabad

Shah-e-Alam’s Tomb also known as Rasulabad Dargah or Shah Alam no Rojo is a medieval mosque and tomb complex (Roza) in Shah Alam area of Ahmedabad. Shah-e-Alam is believed to be the son of Sayyid Burhanuddin Qutub-ul-Alam and the great grandson of the much celebrated Sayyid Jalauddin Hussain Bukhari of Uch who is also known as Makhdoom Jahaniyan Jahangasht. Shah-e-Alam was the guide of Mahmud Begada’s youth, and afterwards one of the most revered of Muslim religious teachers of Ahmedabad. Therefore, it is a good idea to visit the tomb of Shah-e-Alam whose auro can still be felt in this holy dargah.

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12. Haji Pir Dargah, Kutch

Haji Pir Dargah is a unique identity of Kutch Gujarat. Haji Pir Dargah is from where Pakistan border is shown. Pir which is the real name of Haji Ali Akbar. Ali Akbar was a soldier sahabuddin Ghori. The faith and aesthetic view of Haji Pir is most famous in all over India as well in out of Gujarat.

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13. Nakhoda Mosque, Kolkata

Nakhoda Mosque is acknowledged as the largest mosque in the city of Kolkata. It was built under the benefaction of a dweller of Kutch, Abdar Rahim Osman in the year 1926. The mosque has become one of the prime tourist attractions of Kolkata, owing to its sheer size and magnificence. Around 10,000 devotees can perform their prayer, or ‘Namaaz’ in this splendid mosque together.

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14. Pazhayangadi Mosque, Malappuram District

Pazhayangadi Mosque is a 500 year-old Muslim shrine in India. It is situated in north Kerala and is considered to be the prominent pilgrim centre of the Muslims in Kerala. This mosque is connected with the Muslim Saint Muhammed Shah, who is also known as Kondotty Thangal.

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15. Rauza Sharif of Sheikh Ahmed Farooqi, Sirhind-Bassi Pathana Road, Punjab

Rauza Sharif 'Urs' is celebrated in the memory of great Sufi Saint Sheikh Ahmad Farooqui Sirhindi on May 31 every year. Sheikh Ahmed was the most well-known of Khawaja Baqi Billah's disciples. He was the fourth of the seven sons of Sheikh Abdul Ahmad Farooqi Naqshbandi and was born in Sirhind. People of all faiths pay their homage at the place of worship of Rauza Sharif that is situated on the Fatehgarh Saheb-Bassi Pathana road in the vicinity of Fatehgarh Sahib Gurudwara.


16. Solah Khamba Masjid, Bidar

Solah Khamba Mosque is a popular structure also known as Zanana Masjid. Constructed between the years 1423 and 1424 by Qubil Sultani, the name of the mosque is derived from 16 pillars erected in front of the complex. Displaying the beautiful artwork in form of arches, domes and columns, the mosque is one of the largest in the country. A large well can also be found behind the southern wall of the structure.

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17. Taj Ul Masjid, Bhopal

The largest mosque in India is not the Jama Masjid of Delhi. It is, in fact, the Taj-ul-Masjid, in the central India town of Bhopal, which is the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh. With an interior area of about 430,000 square feet, the mosque has a capacity of 175,000 people. The meaning of Taj-ul-Masjid translates to ‘The Crown of Mosques,’ and the magnificent architecture reflects just that. The masjid was built between the years 1868 and 1901, started by Sultan Shah Jehan Begum of Bhopal.

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18. Khwaza Bande Nawaz, Gulbarga

One of the most significant monuments in Gulbarga, Karnataka is the Khwaza Bande Nawaz Dargah. Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah is considered as a tomb of Khwaja Syed Mohammad Gesu Daraz, a Sufi saint. It is constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The domes, arches and walls draw inspiration from the Bahmani, Turkish and Iranian architecture. There  is a library in the dargah, that has a collection of around 10,000 books in different languages  including Persian, Urdu and Arabic

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19. Dargah khwaja Kanoon Sahib, Gwalior

Dargah Khwaja Kanoon Sahib is a famous shrine in the city of Gwalior that was built in the memory of Khwaja Kanoon Sahib Nagauri. He was a native of Marwad and arrived Gwalior in 1481. His full name was Saiyed Saiyeeduddin Kanoon Rehmat Ullah Aleh chishtiya, it is also carved on the dome of the Dargah. He was later known as Khwaja Kanoon and he died in 1940 Hijri, according to the Islamic Calendar. It is believed that if you visit the Dargah regularly for 40 days all your desires will be fulfilled.

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20. Gebanshah Pir Dargah, Rajkot

The Gebanshah Pir Dargah is located in the center of the city in Rajkot. It is visited by all the religious people and one of the most popular dargahs in the city. The Dargah is located near the Railway Station in Rajkot. It is open all the days.

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21. Moti Masjid, Bhopal

The Moti Masjid was an important landmark of Bhopal, and was built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum, Qudisiya Begum’s daughter. Sikandar Begum was fairly unconventional compared to Muslim women of her time - she usually dressed like a man and went out riding without a veil, often with a dagger tucked under her belt

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22. Alahazrat Dargah, Bareilly

Alahazrat Dargah is a famous place for Muslims from all over the world. Located in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, it is dedicated to the renowned philosopher and prolific writer Ahmed Raza Khan Fazil-e-Barelvi, also famous by the name of Aala Hazrat. People come here in large numbers all through the year to pray to the almighty and seek penance for any of their misdeeds.

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23. Bara Imambara, Lucknow

The Bhool Bhulaiya at Bada Imambara in Lucknow, has intrigued traveler as well as architects for the last two hundred years. The fourth Nawab, Asaf-Ud-Dowhala, commissioned the building during the drought year of 1784 AD to help the poor make a living. However, from the time it was finished, it became a symbol of pride and grandeur of Lucknow.

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24. Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kerala

Cheraman Perumal, the reigning King of Kerala, with Kodungallur as its capital, once experienced an unusual dream of the new moon being split into two halves at the horizon. His Court astrologers could not give him a satisfactory explanation. Later when a group of Arab traders on their way to Ceylon met the Perumal, he mentioned about his dream. They explained that this could probably be the miracle Prophet performed at Arabia

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25. Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad

Mecca Masjid Is Founded by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of Qutub Shahi dynasty, it is one of the biggest and the oldest mosques in South India. It is said that he himself laid the foundation stone and the bricks used to construct the central arch of the mosque have been made from soil sourced from Mecca. This is the reason behind the mosque getting its name as Mecca Masjid.

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