Friday, December 30, 2011

Adventure in India - Day 3 Fatehpur Sikri

Today is another day on the road with Vikrum. This highway is much better but the vehicles we encounter are amazing. Camel, donkey and horse drawn carriages, small vans with 6 men sitting on top, trucks of all sizes, tractors and we swerve for the occasional sacred cow or run away goat. The wild monkeys know to stay away from the road it seems.

We past many brick making productions. The earth is scraped for the clay, pressed into molds, stacked into walls then fired around tall chimneys dotting the landscape. Seems like all hand labor. India is growing leaps and bounds.

We stopped to pick up a new guide, Lilit, who showed us around what was an abandoned or “ghost” city – Fatehpur Sikri. It was the capital of the Moghul Empire for 10 years during the last half of the 16th century. Made of elaborately carved red sandstone, which is found in this region. It was spectacular. It has a temple next door, again spectacular in its carving on marble. Our journey on this day ends in Agra with the anticipation of see the Taj Mahal in the morning.

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