Jama Masjid, the Largest Mosque in Delhi (& Culture Shock)

From the Red Fort we headed into the wild and chaotic market at Chowdry Street.

Jet-lag had made us suddenly ravenous but there didn’t seem to be anywhere to eat.apocalyptic view of Old DelhiLooming just above us was the largest mosque in Delhi, the Jama Masjid. But when we got there we discovered that it was just about to close for noon prayers.

With a 200 R admission we decided to try a bit harder to find a retreat within the market. Although I wasn’t at all sure I wanted to go down those stairs into the fray again.View of pandemonium in the streets as seen from the main Mosque in Delhi, India We sat on the stairs for awhile and looked down on pandemonium in the streets, me wishing that I could ‘magic’ myself away home for an hour or two, have a cup of herbal tea to calm my frazzleness and then magic back.

Back to the reality of India. The melee was every bit as frantic as it looked. I kept getting caught in a triangle of tuk-tuks and bikes with no way out. Al managed to whisk me out of there into a restaurant he’d spotted, the Peacock Throne.

And breathe…

Delhi is a ‘dry’ city so beer was not on the menu. Al ordered a Pepsi and me a coffee. We both decided to try the naan options, Al a garlic one, and me one that was a ‘little sweet’ with coconut and dried fruit. In Vancouver the Naan is usually baked; in comparison these were very oily, although tasty.

Fortified and de-stressed, we headed back to the Mosque.Jama Masjid, the Largest Mosque in Delhi, IndiaDespite being completely covered up I was required to wear this robe in order to climb the minaret. According to Al, wearing it on top of my backpack made me look like a clown.I was given this polka dotted orange robe to cover up when I went into the main Mosque in Delhi, IndiaFor some strange reason I wasn’t required to cover my hair.
Standing at the entrance to one of the minarets at a mosque in Old Delhi, IndiaLooking down from the minaret over the inner courtyard square of the largest mosque in Delhi, .From the main mosque in Delhi, overlooking the squareBack down on earth we explored a bit and saw this exquisite chandelier.Chandelier on the ceiling of the Jama Masjid Mosque in Delhi, IndiaMan sitting on the steps.Man sitting on the steps of the Jama Masjid Mosque in Delhi IndiaMan studying.Man studying at the Jama Masjid Mosque in Delhi IndiaWe weren’t allowed into the mosque proper –  this was as far as we got but still magical and powerful.Arches of marble and sandstone in the Jama Masjid Mosque in Delhi, IndiaMore of our trip to Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan in 2010.

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