Are you still with me or do you feel like this goat? We’re almost done with Agra and its monuments and then we hit the road to Rajasthan. Rajasthan will be forts, forts and more forts! Maybe then you’ll feel like this goat. I felt like this goat towards the end of our exploration of Akbar’s abandoned capital of Fatehpur Sikri. I wore a hat and thought I had hydrated properly but silly me. Later that night the heat exhaustion caught up with me and I learned my lesson.
Beginning in 1571 Akbar assimilated Persian and Indian architecture to create an outstanding collection of red sandstone buildings, more jewels of the Mughal empire, which became known as Fatehpur Sikri. Unfortunately fresh water was not readily available so shortly after it was completed in 1585, everyone left. Nowadays it’s a thriving tourist destination with many notable buildings but highlights include an impressive entrance, the Buland Darwaza, a mosque, Jama Masjid and the white marble Tomb of Salim Chishti, a Sufi saint. Salim Chishti was revered by Akbar for blessing him with three sons. Since the saint can perform miracles you will see red threads, representing wishes, prayers, hopes tied to the screens that surround his tomb. It is rumored that Salim Chishti is especially helpful in matters of fertility so there were lots of ladies circulating when we were there. More