“It’s getting very noisy! Can we go to a calm place?” said Scorch, exhausted by the capital’s hubbub.
“Why don’t we go into this mosque,” suggested Verum, pointing at the Jama Masjid. It is the largest mosque in India, which can accommodate 25,000 devotees.
Built between 1644 and 1658, it was Shah Jahan’s last architectural triumph after the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Its two towers, also called minarets, are 40 m high and are decorated with white marble and red sandstone.
The Mysticals climbed one of the two and were greeted with charming views of the entire area. They even saw how architect Edwin Lutyens tied the mosque into his layout of New Delhi; the Jama Masjid, Connaught Place, and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House) are in one line.