21 November 2014

Old Delhi Jama Masjib Mosque


Busy day sightseeing. Started in Old Delhi. What an amazing place, a world away from the tranquility of Claridges. The Walled city was founded by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639. It remained the capital of the Mughals until the end of their dynasty. It was once filled with the mansions of nobles and members of the royal court, along with elegant mosques and gardens. Despite having become extremely crowded and dilapidated it's still seen as the symbolic heart of Delhi. Narrow, crowded streets, chaotic and messy. Food stalls and hotels vie with a plethora of vendors selling everything from spare car parts to knitting needles. Then in the midst of all this we arrived at a haven of peace and quiet, the Jama Masjib mosque.

We women had to wear one of these sarongs to go into the mosque.
If the men were wearing shorts they had to wear a sarong too.

Street Scenes

When you look up you see a network of tangled twisted cabling. I think it's a mixture of electricity and phone lines, and tucked away in the midst of all this chaos we saw a small shop selling fireworks!! Chaotic and messy it may be but it's home to thousands, it's vibrant and alive with people making a living and going about their daily lives.

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