The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

"The wheels on the bus go round and round and up and...

Nick on the bus

Our tour leader, Raj

Auto rickshaw, anyone?

Typical side street im Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri main street market (1)

Fatehpur Sikri main street market (2)

Pretty ladies in beautiful colours

Wires, wires everywhere

Getting a drink at the well

The Palace at Fatehpur Sikri (1)

The Palace Couryard at Fatehpur Sikri (1)

View of the countryside from The Palace at Fatehpur Sikri

The Palace Couryard at Fatehpur Sikri (2)

The Palace at Fatehpur Sikri (2)

The Palace at Fatehpur Sikri (3)

Tending the gardens at The Palace at Fatehpur Sikri

The gardens at The Palace at Fatehpur Sikri

Elephant Monument at The Palace at Fatehpur Sikri

Fountain at The Palace at Fatehpur Sikri

"Kingsize bed" at The Palace at Fatehpur Sikri

East Entrance to Jami Masjid Mosque at Fatehpur Sikri

Interior of Jami Masjid Mosque and Tomb of Salim Chishti at Fatehpur...

South Entrance to Jami Masjid Mosque

Interior of Jami Masjid Mosque and Royal Tombs

Royal Tombs at Jami Masjid Mosque at Fatehpir Sikri

Interior of Jami Masjid Mosque at Fatehpur Sikri

View up South Entrance to Mosque at Fatehpur Sikri

Donkeys hard at work

"Thali" lunch at the Ajay Palace

I actually found grass to eat here in Bharatpur!

Hey mom, wait for me!

Cycle rickshaw ride thru Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Antelope at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Monkeys at Holy Shrine at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

More gruel, Sir?

Hey Orville, what you got there?

Bambi at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Get out of the way.....I'm going up the stairs!

Snack time at the turtle pond

"Who you lookin' at?

Jackals at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Parakeet at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Kingfisher at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Grey Herons at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Long-necked Heron at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

"Yellow Bird" at Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Lake at centre of Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Holy Temple at centre of Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary


Today we took the local bus from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri.....and arrived for a visit to the ancient ghost palace. This city was built by Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585 AD but was virtually abandoned within twenty years, for state reasons, and not for lack of water as legends have it. The palace had a life size Parchesi game board, for which Akbar is said to have used slave-girls as game pieces. Next to the old palace is the Jami Masjid Mosque, which contains the tombs of several royals, but it is the tomb of the Sufi saint, Salim Chishti that is the most elaborate as it is he who inspired the building of the city of Fatehpur in the first place based upon his prophecy that Akbar would have three sons and when this prophecy came true, Akbar built the city of Fatehpur in his honor after Salim Chishti died in 1571. Upon completing our tour of the palace we returned to the townsite where we had lunch at the Ajay Palace. They served us a "thali" which is a fixed vegetarian plate which consisted of rice, potatoes and spinach, mixed vegetables and dal (a spicy sauce made with lentils) along with some yoghurt. The owner served us some of his homemade hot pepper pickles and was also very proud of the fact that the yoghurt was made from the milk of the four water buffalo that he owned. Owning animals seems to give someone a little higher status in the village. For dessert they served a rice pudding with cashews and pistachios which was very good. After our visit at Fatehpur Sikri we rode by Jeep to the city of Bharatpur where we visited the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. For some reason the driver assumed we had to be there yesterday and drove like a madman possessed and was passing other vehicles, cattle and people left, right and centre, all the while with oncoming traffic and sometimes you wondered who was going to blink and move over first. We arrived safe and sound and checked into The Birder's Inn where we got an opportunity to get cleaned up before heading out to the bird sanctuary. The sanctuary was originally used by the Maharajah of Bharatpur and his guests for duck shooting until 1956 and in 1983 it was declared a national park. It now has over 400 species of local and migratory birds depending on the season and the droughts. We were driven around the bird park by amateur ornithologists on cycle rickshaw and enjoyed the tranquil surroundings and were able to see many species of birds as well as monkeys, turtles, jackals, antelope, deer and holy cows. It was very peaceful and relaxing........



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