View from a Tower of Jama Masjid — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Through a Window

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Through a Window.

In October 2014, we visited the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, India, one of the largest mosques in India.  Built between 1644 and 1656, it has four towers, three domes, and two minarets, but only one tower is open to the public to climb.  We climbed that tower and took this photo through a window.   The city sprawls beyond the mosque.

This photo was taken on October 23, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/1000 sec, 5.5 mm.

Way to Tower – Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – May 26, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – May 26, 2017.

The Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, India, is one of the largest mosques in India.  Built between 1644 and 1656, it has four towers and two minarets, but only one tower is open to the public to climb.  The sign below shows the way to the tower (but not to the ticket window): it is still not easy to find the entrance to the tower.  The steps inside the tower are steep and narrow, the top holds fewer than a dozen people, and the ledge inside for standing is quite narrow.  It would be easy to topple into the stairwell.  A metal grill (which presents challenges in photography) runs around the top.  However, the views are very good and worth the climb.  Do take a camera but not a large backpack; it will make the climb difficult.

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Way to Tower of Jama Masjid

This photo was taken on October 23, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/160 sec, 10.29 mm

Jama Masjid from Above

This is our entry in The Girl That Dreams Awake’s 52 WEEKS PHOTO CHALLENGE: WEEK 35 – FROM ABOVE !!.

In November 2010, we visited the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, India, one of the largest mosques in India.  Built between 1644 and 1656, it has four towers, three domes, and two minarets, but only one tower is open to the public to climb.  We climbed that tower and took this photo of two domes from above.  One of the minarets can be seen on the far right.  The city sprawls beyond the mosque.

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Domes of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, India

This photo was taken on November 22, 2010. Specs are:

Canon PowerShot SD 770 IS, ISO 80, f/9, 1/160 sec, 8.3 mm

Shop No. 783 – Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 21, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: May 21, 2017.

When we visited India in 2014, we went into Old Delhi one day to visit the 17th Century mosque Jama Masjid.  As we described in our post Lost on Firecracker Street – Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – May 12, 2017,  shopping in Old Delhi is organized by street.  In addition to walking around a few streets to see shops, we had ample opportunity to see many other shops while being driven slowly through the traffic-clogged Old Delhi.  The street in the picture below has any car or motorcycle part that you would ever need. The shop on the right gives its address as “Shop No. 783, MOTOR MARKET Near JAMA MASJID, DELHI.” The shop is in Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square) and appears to have a guesthouse above it. We did not check it out on Trip Advisor.

Shop No. 783, MOTOR MARKET Near JAMA MASJID, DELHI
Shop No. 783, MOTOR MARKET Near JAMA MASJID, DELHI

This photo was taken on October 23, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/3.1, 1/160 sec, 8.41 mm

 

Lost on Firecracker Street – Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – May 12, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – May 12, 2017.

In 2014, we spent five weeks in India, arranging our tour around the Pushkar Camel Fair. We began in Delhi, and the city was gearing up for Diwali. On the day we went into Old Delhi to visit the 17th Century mosque Jama Masjid, our guide also walked us in the nearby streets, where local shopping was in full swing. In Old Delhi, shopping is organized by street. If you want to buy cotton textiles, shoes, or spices, then you visit the street that sells those items.  We looked around politely, without buying anything, since we still had many weeks to travel and didn’t need more to carry with us. We walked through a few streets until we came to the Firecracker Street. We certainly didn’t want to buy firecrackers! Suddenly our guide started shopping, explaining that he needed to buy firecrackers for his young son for Diwali. And just as suddenly we were finished with our shopping tour.

It was impossible to stand still in the flow of the crowd. The picture below was taken “on the move,” as we navigated through the busy streets. The young man on the right side of the picture (in the square of sunlight) is explaining to the other young man which way to go in this confusing shopping district. Other people also seem interested in this information. (Note the “No Smoking” signs everywhere.)

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Firecracker Street in Old Delhi

This photo was taken on October 23, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/400 sec, 4.5 mm