Destination: India Diary. Fatehpur Sikri, it is old Mughal Splendour. Beautiful flowering gardens surround the structures.
A large interior garden court yard is enclosed with buildings and covered walkways. Very large Dalhias were blooming when we visited. Today we are traveling to the old city of Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient Mughal palace and its surroundings, also named City of Victory.
The origins of the city date back to about 1526, during the beginnings of the Mughal empire. This empire lasted almost until 1858, when the Raj by the British began.
It was built, as the story goes, after the Mughal ruler, Akbar, was told in a prediction from sheikh Selim of Sikri, that the ruler would have 3 sons. He had three sons and had the city built. His palace and a large mosque were created in this location...
These palaces are built with sand stone and have intricate carvings. The open palaces are Summer palaces that just create the structure. Then curtains provided visual privacy and shade.
The palaces with closed walls are Winter palaces. For obvious reasons, as in the Winter months, this area of the country in the North of India, has strong winds. Some of them have built in shelves.
The origins of bulit-in wall units
Later, I found a picture of Jackie Kennedy, touring the palace grounds during one of her visits to Agra and the surrounding area, photographed at almost the same spot.
(Sorry, I am not able to show it at this time)
The Summer palace in the back ground
Enjoy the pictures of Fatehpur Sikri.