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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

2 Months and A Half Off (Part 4)

This series of posts is a day by day account of my two-month-and-a-half trip that begins with a stay in Bangkok, followed by a train ride Amritsar, a bike trip from Leh to Manali and a yoga teacher training in Kullu Valley, the end of the habitable world.

Day 7 (PM): Humayun's Tomb and Jama Masjid
After lunch, I did some research and found out that the Nizammudin Train Station where our train to Agra will be departing from is opposite Humayun's Tomb. Since we wanted to find out how far we were from the train station, we hopped on an auto-rickshaw headed for the tomb.

Humayun's Tomb (opposite the Nizammudin Train Station, entrance fee: 250 Rs.)
Built in the sixteenth century for the Mughal emperor Humayun, this sandstone and marble structure was the first garden tomb in West Asia. The tomb took eight years to build. 

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Jama Masjid (opposite the Red Fort)
From Hayuman's Tomb, we took an auto rickshaw to the Jama Masjid mosque since the Red Fort was closed to the public. In front of the Jama Masjid entrance, is a market filled with stalls and people. From the non-stop pleas from hard-selling hawkers to the rickshaws passing through the narrow road, this area can overwhelm your senses. 

In an empty space between two stalls, a man stood beside a tiny dead cobra. He was yelling at the crowd before him. We thought he was going to make the cobra come to life. Instead, he performed some cheap magic trick with a matchbox and continued to yell at the people. A bit disappointed, we left and continued our walk towards the mosque.

Unfortunately, the mosque wasn't open to public either. There was some religious ceremony going on and we ended up sitting on the steps by the mosque's entrance.


Mother And Child

Mosque Goers

A discussion...

The trip ended with a rickshaw ride back to the Paharganj area where we snacked on potato cakes topped with different sauces.

Fried Mashed Potatos

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