27 February 2011

Weekend in and around Delhi - 03/03

We then drove to the almost mythical royal capital of Fathepur Sikri.

The great (probably the greatest) Mughal king Akbar built this city to commemorate the foretelling of the birth of his male heir at the sight of the ancient settlement of Sikri.

Sadly this most exquisite piece of city planning was abandoned only after 15 years of use because it's main water source ran dry. 

 Today it survives largely as a ghost town filled with tourist and at least 2 touts per tourist. 

There are a lot of interesting palaces and pavilions inside the walled palace and you can easily spend a day here, sadly we were on a super tight schedule and headed out after a quick walk around the main structures.

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