With every day I fall deeper in love with India.Today we toured Old Delhi again with Shyaam.We started at the Jama Masid mosque where I needed to wear a religious robe to enter.The nickname for this temple is Friday temple because on Friday's up to 20,000 people can be seen worshiping on the courtyard.We were unable to view the prayer but were able to tour the temple, there were also probably 100 pigeons swooping down in a group to grab food and then flying right at us.
After the Jama Masid we walked about 2 kilometers through the bazaars of Old Delhi.The streets are so narrow and filled with the hustle and bustle of shopping; we even saw an elephant on our way to the spice market.My nose will never be the same after visiting that market, every smell imaginable, I thought for sure I would be sneezing the whole time but I kept it together.
One of my favorite stops so far was the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, where the those who follow Sikhism worship.Before entering, we all needed to wear scarfs on our heads.The Sikh religion makes up about 25% of the Delhi population.They seem so giving, in an area plagued with hunger the Sikh people tithe whatever money they can to a trust and from that all Sikh people can eat meals all day for whatever amount of money they can afford to pay.There is a community kitchen where Wes and I got to lend a hand in rolling out flat bread.Everyone seems to give back to the community either by monetary donations or with service.It was quite touching.
On the way back to our driver we rode on a typical Delhi bus, filled to the gills with people, hot sweaty people.It was an experience I'll never forget.Before sadly saying goodbye to Shyaam, we made one final stop to spend some of our Rupees on a beautiful rug for the house and some pashminas.
Then we were off on a five hour journey to Agra by car.We had a very safe driver who told us the three most important things to have in India on a long trip:good horn, good brakes, and good luck!!Luckily we had all three-the people here drive like maniacs.Wes took some video of the trip----but don't count on seeing it on the blog. He tells me that it is a recognized issue with iphone 4s, but I am still skeptical.