Abandoned City – Fatehpur Sikri

If driving from Jaipur to Agra, I highly recommend a pit stop at Fatehpur Sikri.  This walled city functioned briefly as the capital to Emperor Akbar’s empire before he shifted the capital to Lahore to fight some Afghan tribes. It was also home to Jahangir for just 3 months in 1619 and then remained abandoned till its archaeological exploration in 1892. Psshah these emperors, and their disposable, use and throw walled cities. I guess sustainability- recycle, reuse, re-purpose was not on their agenda. Why build such a stunning place and then abandon it?

Oh yes, you are welcome. This lesson in history was brought to you by our guide who also showed us how to take artsy pictures through latticed walls. If I remember right, the guide mentioned that the city was abandoned due to water scarcity.

When we were there, there was plenty of water. This boy, along with 3 others was cleaning the pond, scooping up flower petals with his palms. Looked like a fun job given it was a scorching warm day.

This pond called Anup Talao is where Tansen perfomed his ragaas. For those not from India, Tansen was a musician in Akbar’s court. He was believed to have had the power to conjure up fire with his music. There is a fable about him having a musical duel with another musician. Tansen lit fire while the other brought down rain.

Try…and you can visualise them sitting there, right there, at the centre of this pond singing up a medley of fire and rain. Goosebumps.

Salim Chisti’s tomb.


This used to be the stable with horses and elephants. Now home to this little dog. He looked hungry and thristy, all ribs with tongue hanging out. But he refused the water we gave him, so I guess he was doing just fine. :)

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17 Responses to Abandoned City – Fatehpur Sikri

  1. Sraikh says:

    Am reminded of the book I read. Feast of Roses.
    Love the artistic picture.

  2. hAAthi says:

    OMG your pictures are making me want to chuck everything on hand and plan a trip up north. I have never been to these places, except for agra. And this series is killing me softly.

  3. More, June! Loving your travelogues!

  4. am says:

    Great series. I guess those two musicians only gave outdoor concerts … for obvious reasons :)

  5. Manny says:

    For folks who can”t travel get the HD DVD of Jodha Akbar.

  6. swmi says:

    I love Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri too. Lovely photos you take.

  7. Abandoned city, abandoned blog. Sigh.

  8. Sonali says:

    Juuuune where are you?

  9. Pallavi says:

    I hope the reason that you’re not writing these days is that you’re having a rocking life outside the blogging world. :P How is Picolo doing?

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