I cannot be a happy wanderer even if I want to. There are certain limitations for a traveler like me. If I want to go somewhere I have to book in advance or I won’t get a seat. These days there are all sorts of people traveling everywhere. I tried to book my seat a day before my journey,the reply always was there are no seats available or you have to pay a hefty sum to pay for the last minute booking. I am never prepared to pay more than usual to book a seat. I therefore book in advance.
I have to follow a schedule if I want to buy a ticket to any destination. Summertime is the busiest time of the year to travel. Once I was told I’d have to book a year in advance if I wanted to travel to my destination.
Despite the fact I want to be a happy wanderer, circumstances are never in my favor. I have to map out in advance,where I want to go and for how long?
If I woke up tomorrow and be fluent in any language it would be Spanish. I did a course in Spanish, I wasn’t able to practice it because I didn’t know anyone who could help. I have lost most of it, but am sure if I get a chance I might be able to regain what I lost.
The first thing I’d do is visit Spain ,there will be lots to see,I won’t have to depend on anyone, there’ll be no language barrier. I can apply my linguistic skills with a friend of ours,he is a Peruvian. I want to surprise him.
I’d be able to travel in Spanish speaking countries. Although it is only make-believe I’m already excited with what I can do with it. This was my kind of prompt, thank you.
Rowboat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I have chosen a rowboat for this prompt. My husband’s family lived in the village. Two days after my marriage, I was scheduled to travel to the village, where my in-law’s lived.
This was my first experience on a rowboat. My father was not too enthusiastic taking us to his village because of transportation.Here I was on a narrow boat,the ceiling touching my head. I was a new bride and therefore it was not appropriate to complain.The pace was slow,I wasn’t aware how long it would be before I could free myself from the pressure of everyone around me.
The boatman was taking his time rowing,he was used to this. He felt great, he was feeling important,my husband hired him.
After about two hours we reached the place where we were to disembark. The wharf,where we were supposed to get off looked like a slimy mound of earth. I was terrified,this was my first time,and I was wearing a sari not the best attire to alight on a slippery path. Embarrassment aside I asked my brother-in-law’s help. With his assistance I was able to walk on the path and reach the building. I breathed a sigh of relief when I crossed this hurdle!
All architectural elements in symmetrical harmony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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- English: A 4 Megapixel picture of Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Badshahi Mosque or the ‘Royal Mosque’in Lahore,was commissioned by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671. The Mosque was completed in 1673. It is the second largest Mosque in Pakistan and South Asia.It is the fifth largest in the world. It epitomizes the beauty,passion and grandeur of the Mughal era. It is Lahore’s most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.
It can accommodate five thousand worshippers in its main prayer hall and another ninety-five thousand in its courtyard and porticoes.It was the largest mosque in the world from 1673-1986 until the completion of the Faisal mosque in Islamabad.It still is the second largest in Pakistan and South Asia.
To appreciate its large size,the four minarets of the mosque 13.9 ft. taller than those of the Taj Mahal.The courtyard of the Badshahi mosque is the largest in the world.
The architecture and design of the mosque closely resembles the smaller Jami mosque in Delhi, India.The Jami Mosque was built by Aurangzeb’s father Shah Jahan in 1648.
There was a considerable amount of damage under the Sikh rule.The huge courtyard was used as stable for his horses.The small study rooms were used as quarters for his soldiers. Ranjit Singh used the enclosed garden as his official Royal court of audience.
Mosque under the British rule it continued to be used as a military garrison.The British however sensed the resentment of the Muslims.They set up the Badshahi Mosque Authority in 1852 to oversee the restoration and return the mosque to the Muslims as a place for religious worship. Extensive repairs began from 1939 onwards.
In 1993 the government of Pakistan recommended the inclusion of Badshahi Mosque as a World Heritage Site in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The Badshahi Mosque has architecturally influenced the design of the following mosques: Sheikh Zayed Mosque,Abu Dhabi UAE; Sir Syed Masjid,Aligarh,India, Taj-ul-Masajid, Bhopal, India.
I was fortunate enough to see this mosque. It is worth seeing!