Friday, May 10, 2013

S2L77: Fatehpur Sikri

Agra, India
March 8, 1977

The hotel reception desk lost my room key. I was locked out for an hour while attempts were made (unsuccessful) to unlock the door with various "master" keys. My key was finally located in the room next door.
Source: Personal travel notes.

From 1977 03 02 India

Why I thought it significant to comment on a lost room key, but not say a word about Fatehpur Sikri I'll never know. As bewitching as the Taj Mahal is under the light of a full moon, Fatehpur Sikir is, for me, the most haunting site in India. Twenty three miles west of Agra, it was the capital of the Mughal Empire in the late 1500s. It was a planned city, built and abandoned all within a couple of decades, leaving this haunting red sandstone ghost town for tourists to wander and imagine what life must have been like in the imperial court of the Mughal Empire of Akbar the Great.

More photos after the jump.



From 1977 03 02 India

From 1977 03 02 India

From 1977 03 02 India

From 1977 03 02 India

Look closely at the last photo and you'll see a man jumping from the wall. It's a tourist attraction -- pass the hat, collect a few rupees from everyone, and "my brother will jump" for your entertainment. I remember feeling sad. But not sad enough to put my camera down. :-(

One of a continuing series.
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