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Apr 15, 2013 - Abandoned City - Fatehpur Sikri

Abandoned city approx 40k from Agra – After only 14 years and in its hey day being the Moghul capital, Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned possibly due to a diminishing water supply. A ghost town immaculately preserved. “Akbar was religiously curious. He regularly participated in the festivals of other faiths, and in 1575 in Fatehpur Sikri—a walled city that Akbar had designed in the Persian style—he built a temple (ibadat-khana) where he frequently hosted scholars from other religions, including Hindus, Zoroastrians, Christians, yogis, and...

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Mar 6, 2010 - A minor stop at Fatehpur Sikri

Today we are off to Agra. This is a long drive. Cows, camels and overloaded trucks are slowly losing some of their fascination. As a break our driver takes us to Fatehpur Sikri…a Mughal capital city in the 1500’s i.e. a mosque and a fort. The first thing that struck us was that our driver had to pull into a parking lot and we had to negotiate with auto rickshaws to go the rest of the way. With this is the negotiations with guides. We chose not to have a guide but even along the ride with the rickshaw a kid hopped on and tried to get us to...

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Dec 2, 2009 - Fatehpur Sikri

@@@@@@@ Traffic was so bad in Agra that it took us almost an hour to get out of the city. This is the problem we experienced all over India, the road system has not been developed enough to handle the sudden explosion of vehicles. It’s not even just a matter of streets being too narrow, even in the more open areas, there is such a mix of traffic, slow and non-so-slow, that progress is impeded. It makes it hard to plan visits to India’s great monuments, when you can’t easily judge how long it takes to get from one place to another. A good...

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Apr 28, 2009 - Bit of a fallout with guide in Fatehpur Sikri and travel to Jaipur

On the way to Jaipur, the travel agent had arranged for me to be shown around the palaces at Fatehpur Sikri. Arriving there, I was met by another local guide who I couldn't understand so well as he was speaking too fast for me and throwing information at me thick and fast so I ended up interrupting a lot. He kept saying it was "my time", but I still felt that we were on a bit of a sprint. I appreciate we were under a bit of a time constraint, but when I realised later that we had made time for a "no pressure to buy" (my a*se!!) visit to...

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Mar 23, 2009 - Fatehpur Sikri

Get the bus here straight from the overnight train from Lucknow, followed the whole way from the station to the bus depot by a rickshaw driver who refuses to believe I'm not going straight to the Taj Mahal. Fatehpur Sikri was built by the greatest of the Mughal emperors Akbar the Great, at the site where a seer lived who predicted he would have a son, and when this came true (and bearing in mind Akbar had more than one wife, the odds were certainly in his favour), Akbar built this palace and mosque and moved his entire court here. Which...

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Oct 13, 2008 - Keoladeo Bird Park & Fatehpur Sikri

Okay, so now that we're all rested, we're off for a busy day. En route to Agra (site of the Taj Mahal), we stop off first at Keoladeo Ghana National Park, and then at Fatehpur Sikri. Keoladeo is basically a bird park -– it's got about 400 species of local and migratory birds. I've gotta admit, birds are pretty and all but identifying them is just not my thing. So I can confidently report that I saw lots and lots of pink storks, two owls, and some other stuff. Like Ranthambhore, it also used to be used for hunting and has only been a...

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Feb 26, 2008 - Fatehpur Sikri

We decided to go on a day trip to the nearby town of Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was at one time the site of the Royal Palace. Unfortunately, there was a water shortage and there was no longer enough water to support the palace and the surrounding city so the king deserted the town. We took the local bus to the town and spent the day exploring the old buildings. Things didn't really start to get interesting until we decided to go back to Agra. When we got to the bus stop, there were already quite a few tourists who had been waiting for...

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