The red stone city

Only 40 kilometers away from Agra is Fatehpur Sikri, the ghost city forgotten by time and now a listed UNESCO heritage site. The name comes from the Arabic Fateh, “victory”, and Sikri, “thanks to god”.

In the 15th century emperor Akbar visited a holy man as he was unable to conceive a male heir to succeed him. The holy man then had a son. The emperor then moved and made Fatehpur Sikri the capital of the Mughal Empire. Thirteen years later, due to the scarcity of the water, they abandoned the walled city and it remains intact today. This gate, for the Shrine to the grave of the holy man, Sufi. 

It is a real shame that indians rip tourists off charging illegaly two or three times the entrance fee as you work your way through the place. Such a beautiful place yet polluted with corruption. 

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