Saturday, February 6, 2016

More Delhi

Shah Jehan, who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, also built the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Delhi.  It has space for 25,000 worshippers.

We were asked to remove our shoes when we went in, and all women had to wear these stylish robes that covered us from neck to ankles.
   We did not have to cover our heads, though.
  Corn is scattered on the ground in the large courtyard for pigeons, who are believed to embody the souls of dead relatives.
I don't quite understand how this works, because pigeons are regarded as pests everywhere else.  They are numerous, and I quite enjoy their gentle cooing.

We then went for our bicycle rickshaw ride through one of the oldest and busiest bazaars.  The plaid shirt belongs to our cyclist.  You can see how crowded the narrow alleys are, filled with pedestrians, motorcycles, hand carts, table set up to sell many wonderful things.
I, of course, paid special attention to the wonderful fabrics.

We there mid-afternoon, and the rickshaws served as school buses, taking kids home.

Once we left the bazaar we were driven in our rickshaw through the streets to where our bus awaited us.

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