Fatehpur Sikri

Trip Start Jun 21, 2009
Trip End Jun 25, 2009

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Flag of India  , Uttar Pradesh,
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

On our way to Jaipur, we stopped by Fatehpur Sikri, an old capital of the Mughal Empire built by Emperor Akbar. The capital was moved back to Agra 14 years later, though. After we were dropped off about the foot of the hill, we transfered to a minibus, which took us to the ruins of the palace. There were four Japanese girls, maybe university students, with an Indian guide on the bus. I imagined that they were quite familiar with Asian countries or culture, because Japanese girls like travels to European countires or Pacific islands such as Hawaii, Guam, or Saipan. So they looked a little bit different and interesting to me.

We got off the bus in front of the entrance of the Palace. Around the entrance, there were some remains from the past, so I expected much from the ruins in the Palace, too. Unfortunately, the palace was beautifully restored and not authentically beautiful with the original form. Some tourists may enjoy the restored beauty, but I prefer the original beauty like Angkor Wat of Cambodia. In a different meaning, it was great to be accessible for anybody including my mom with paralyzed limes and a bad eyesight. Anyway, the palace was just O.K., although it was designated as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site. An Indian standing in front of the toilet annoyed me about my mom, but honestly, I was really tired of taking care of her during the travel. Of course, I had expected it before I departed from Japan, but it was tougher to travel with her than I had expected. Thankfully, our guide was very kindly helping her on behalf of me.

Just next to the palace, there was a sage's tomb and he was admired by Emperor Akbar. It looked a great tomb, but we didn't visit there and I didn't care. From my travel experience, I know that visiting too many sights spoils the whole travel, because we are likely to waste so much time in boring sights during very limited vacation time.

Fatehpur Sikri Video
This is a video of UNESCO. It's just like an audio-visual guide.
A look at Fatehpur Sikri Video
The ruin was nominated for the Seven Wonders of India, a TV program. This video is a part of the program broadcast by NDTV in 2009.
Seven Wonders of India Advertising Video
The poll result was as follows. Incidentally, all of the selected wonders seems to be ruins.
1. Jaisalmer Fort 
2. Nalanda
3. Red Fort
4. Sun Temple
5. Meenakshi Temple 
6. Dohlavira Site
7. Khajuraho
Taj Mahal is not seen in the list, but it was chosen as "Wonder of Wonders". Come to think of it, Taj Mahal is only world-famous, in contrast to other nationally famous sites. Actually, I have never visited the sites listed above, so I cannot make a comment on them. 
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