Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fatehpur Sikri, India

About an hour outside of Agra lies the magnificently well-preserved ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri.  During the 1500s, it became the beautiful capital of the Mughal empire.  But apparently Mughal city planners didn't do their homework.  The lack of a sufficient water supply to the region caused the city to be completely abandoned after just 14 years (directly following the emporer's death).

We made a visit to the massive Jama Masjid mosque, and took a quiet walk around the expansive ruins.  I found especially interesting the three palaces built by the emperor for each of his three favorite wives - one Hindu, one Muslim, and one Christian.  How very progressive.

Our favorite part of the trip was that we didn't have a driver anxiously waiting for us outside, so we really got to take our time soaking it in.  We climbed up to a perfect rooftop perch where we could watch people, birds, and clouds lazily rolling by as the sun sank below the horizon.

"Move outta my picture!!" - "What? Do a little dance in front of your picture??"

For photos of Fatehpur Sikri and the really big pig that lives there, click HERE.

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