Purani Dilli at Ramzaan| A Photo Essay

On any ordinary day, one peek at the majestic Jama Masjid of Old Delhi will take your breath away. It will bring to your mind a picture of a royal cavalcade proceeding slowly from the Delhi Gate of the Red Fort to the entry of the royal mosque, a mighty Mughal Emperor making his way towards the enormous courtyard of the mosque to offer his prayers.
But during Ramzaan, the charm of Jama Masjid increases manifold. True, it is milling with an overwhelming number of people that might make you withdraw into your shell. But come twilight, the melodious azan called out by the muezzin echoes across Old Delhi. And inside the mosque, tens of hundreds of people prepare to break their fast together. It is a humbling experience to see a sea of humanity embracing and sharing in the joys of eating fruit and dates together. Somehow, it restores your faith in the goodness of people!
Outside the mosque, the entire Purani Dilli area is teeming with activity. Twilight is fast disappearing. Delicious street food is being vended out feverishly for hungry customers- it is a food connoisseur’s heaven! Not to mention the crazy street shopping and the even crazier traffic. But you must brave this scene to have one amazing experience of Old Delhi during Ramzaan. I will allow the pictures below to complete my sales pitch ๐Ÿ™‚

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful Ramzan pics. Eid Mubarak to everybody:)

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks Vishal, Eid Mubarak to you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. matheikal says:

    Lovely pictures. Yes, Purani Dilli has an exotic look when the Muslim festivals arrive.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thank you Matheikal. To be honest I always find Purani Dilli rather exotic,due to all the history behind it I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Beautiful pictures.Makes me want to visit Dilli ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you get a chance to visit soon.

  4. magiceye says:

    The festive ambiance captured beautifully!

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thank you so much. By the way, loved the name “magic eye” ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Old Delhi has vintage charm. I miss being in NCR and indulging in the festive colors. Beautiful shots and Jama Masjid shot is my favorite.

    Also, a uber cool way of showing pictures.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks so much Saru ๐Ÿ™‚ Indeed, Old Delhi transports to another world entirely….Hope you get many more opportunities to visit soon enough!

  6. Alcor says:

    So festive! Being in Old Delhi during Ramzan has been on my wishlist for a very long time.

    1. wanderfool says:

      Alcor, hope you get a chance sometime. But even without Ramzaan the place is worth visiting.

    2. wanderfool says:

      Thanks so much for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Great photos – very like here in Bangladesh. You captured the magic well ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. wanderfool says:

      Thanks a lot, would love to visit Bangladesh as well!

  8. abhilasha kukreti says:

    i have once visited Delhi with a couple of friends, it was more like a college trip. i was very much impressed by the places to visit in new delhi …loved India gate and red fort.

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