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... screens adorned with exquisite lattice work. The walls of the verandah are filled with holy inscriptions from the Koran. This mausoleum is venerated especially by childless couples, who come on pilgrimage to invoke the blessing of the saint. Jami Masjid Built by Akbar in 1571 at a cost of 5 lakh rupees, Jami Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. The walls of the mosque are decorated with excellent marble tracery and exquisite paintings that demand your ...
... we were back at the Taj again, this time to see it by moonlight. They were stricter this time - no mobile phones even. More queues and more frisking (we were frisked 3 times by the same guard at different points in the queue, which was slightly odd and uncomfortable!). We were allowed onto the viewing area in batches of 50 and each group is given only half an hour.
Now, the beautiful moon was no where over the Taj, in fact ...
... the local craftsmen at work. Youngsters were carving away pieces of marble with hand tools and gluing inlays into place before sanding and polishing the finished article into something really quite special. Then came the selling and trying to explain that everything we own is on our backs and we have no home to send all this stuff can be quite challenging at times.
Finally we grabbed some Indian sweets and made our way out of there. Next stop... ...
... something. Others, are not as shy and they stop and ask if they can have a picture taken with us. We end up taking pictures with that whole family. Elena says that now she can imagine what it is like to be famous. We feel like celebrities and we like it. Also, there are some groups of young boys who follow us so they can take a closer look at Elena and Ariana. We laugh so much at this!
When we get up Kathleen seems to be feeling a lot better and I certainly feel better for the long rest. We were intending today to leave at 9.00 to go to Fatehpur Sikri which is a ruined abandoned Moghul City. I was there in 1971 when I travelled to India on my own during the University summer holidays. My recollection is it is a huge site so it will involve a lot of walking about again in the heat. So we are in two minds about whether to give it a miss and instead just stay ...