Jama Masjid diaries.

Day breaks and this city assumes a life of its own.

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We glided up the stairs, from gate no. 3, looking all around, at the tourists thronging the steps with a hard-to-beat-down energy, at the white marble domes adorning the red sandstone marvel that stood before us, at the gigantic arched doorway that awaited our entrance.

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Inside, there is a hauz at the center of the courtyard, where devotees take off their shoes and wash their faces, hands and feet.

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The prayer hall faces West ( the holy Mecca!), and has walls adorned with beautiful calligraphic inscriptions.

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This place inhabits a magical calm of its own.

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To realize that we had scored a few seconds of peace amidst the hustle bustle of an insanely crowded Old Delhi, was reassuring in its own way. This place certainly is a jewel.

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There are two tall minarets and only the southern one is open to public. So we jumped on this opportunity and bought tickets immediately.

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Getting leaner as we climbed higher, the ascent was bizarre. 130 steps later, the summit offered a sight that was a bliss to behold.

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40 m above ground, feet jostling for space, carefully propped on an inch of stone, wind in our faces and the panorama of an entire city sprawled before our eyes; it was enough to give us a happy high! You should visit it for yourself to get the real jitters!

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This is the second installation in the 3-part series of my escapades in the historical city of Shahjahanabad. Read the first part here

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