India: Jama Masjid

Our tour guides:  Victor (from Delhi) and Michael (from Hawaii).  They are knowledgeable and witty.   Love them both.

We started our bus trip to Old Delhi by visiting Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India.  It draws 25,000 people during holy days.  Because it is an active mosque, it closes between 12:30 and 1:30 pm per day for prayer.

The lack of handrails made it too difficult for me to ascend and descend the stairs, so I gave David my camera and he took pictures inside.

This open courtyard inside the mosque is where worshipers pray.

Women do not need to wear scarves to cover their heads and necks, but they must wear these colorful robes.  Men wearing shorts must also don these robes.  Everyone must remove their footwear out of respect for this holy site and put on socks, because the hot sandstone floors will blister their feet.  The women in this photo are members of our group.

Victor and Michael are on the right, and tour members are on the left.

It was very beautiful, and I wish I could have braved those stairs.  Tomorrow, I’ll show you Red Fort, also located in Old Delhi.

8 Responses to “India: Jama Masjid”

  1. Christine Says:

    good for David going up the stairs Gigi…too bad you couldn’t make it up there.

  2. Arti Says:

    Thats unfortunate you could not make it up. But there will be lot of walking in the forts and palaces once you reach Jaipur so save some energy for that.

  3. Jeanie Says:

    It looks like an amazing place. I’m glad David was able to get up the stairs and get some inside pictures for you. It is great that your tour guides are so good.

  4. Linda Reeder Says:

    Those steps do look daunting without hand rails. I might have needed my husband’s arm.

  5. Musings Says:

    Good gosh! David climbed those stairs with his bad knees? That’s incredible! Thank you, David for making the extra effort for all of us. This is fabulous!

  6. DrumMajor Says:

    Gigi — looks a bit daunting. Is it horridly hot and dusty, or is that haze? See if you can turn David into a mobile handrail. Or buy a pretty carved cane for either of you to use. (He’s good for more than shower shots.) DrumMajor

  7. Suzanne Says:

    Wow! Those floors must be hot if they blister your feet.

  8. Grannymar Says:

    the steps look steep, and I find I have even more trouble descending.

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