Fatehpur Sikri, a Fort & Palace just Outside of Agra, India

This picture was shot during our bus ride to Fatehpur Sikri, a walled city in India.

Bus ride to Fatehpur Sikri in IndiaI couldn’t see much because the driver was blocking my view but, “you really don’t want to see what’s happening out there!” Al exclaimed. 

I could hear it at any rate, horns blaring, and this made for a thrilling ride. (This was one of many scary rides on the roads of India.) Silhouettes of the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaEntrance to the fort was free and I wasn’t overly impressed at first glance. We had just spent the morning at the Agra Fort, and in comparison this was just another red fort, and not in as good condition as the Fort in Agra. Vendor in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaI had my hair covered with a ‘chiffon’ like the local Hindu women, but had to add something that looked like a bread basket on top of that in order to enter the area with the tombs. This woman is wearing her ‘chiffon’ like a shawl but it is easily tugged up over the hair – I used mine all the time and consider it a valuable addition to the wardrobe when visiting Moslem sites.Two people we met in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaShoes were a problem as well, we were not even allowed to carry them into the inner sanctum, the tomb of some holy man. Another wardrobe note – bring shoes that are easy to get on and off when visiting religious sites all over Asia.
Tombs in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaThere were several tombs, many scattered with rose petals.
Rose petals on a tomb at Fatehpur Sikri, a mosque just outside of Agra, IndiaRose petals in a burlap bag at Fatehpur Sikri, a mosque just outside of Agra, IndiaFatehpur SikriWe were chased out of a mosque.Moslem women at Fatehpur Sikri Mosque near Agra, IndiaThree men entering the mosque at Fatehpur Sikri, IndiaA man praying in a doorway at Fatehpur Sikri, a mosque just outside of Agra, IndiaA boy about 10 followed us; he was informative and not too pesty. At the end I offered him 2 rupees and he turned up his nose – 50 rupees he wanted! So nothing for him!

Architectural features included colonnaded walkways.Columns lining a walkway in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaPillars lining a walkway in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaTourists standing in the red sandstone pillared hallway of the fort.Tourists standing in the pillared hallway of the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, IndiaA reflecting pool.Reflecting pool in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaPierced stone window screens called Jali.Pierced screen in a window in the walled city of Fatehpur Sikri near Agra in IndiaPierced window screen in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaPierced window screen in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaPierced window screen in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaGeometric Islamic pattern in the walls.Geometric Islamic pattern in the walls of the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaGeometric Islamic pattern in the walls of the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaDomed ceiling from inside. The domed ceiling of Fatehpur Sikri, a mosque just outside of Agra, IndiaInteresting features on the doorways. Door in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaAn iron-clad door in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in Indialeave your horseshoes at the door (Fatehpur Sikri)Sign from the Archeological Survey of India: ‘Thank you for not scratching on the monument’.Sign at the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaAnother sign, this one leading to the toilet.Sign to the toilet in the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaAfter exploring the fort and palace we headed outside the walls and wandered through the market trying to find a local bus to take us back to Agra. Market in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaBejeweled goat.A goat with a necklace Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaBags of spices.Bags of spices Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaView from a clothing stall.Market in Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaNo wonder the horns were so loud! Car horns Fatehpur Sikri, a town outside of Agra in IndiaWe found the bus and the ride to Agra was another thrill a minute…

NOTE: UNESCO World Heritage Sites are thick on the ground in this part of India. Fatehpur Sikri was the fort and palace of the great Mughal emperor Akbar; it took 15 years to build and he inhabited it for just 14 years. The Mughal Empire was founded by Babar, a descendant of Tamerlane (father) and Genghis Khan (mother). Babar’s son won and lost territory, but his grandson Akbar consolidated power.

More of our trip to Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan in 2010.

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