|Leaving the Uktarsh Villa Hotel, Agra|
Fatehpur Sikri, the purpose built capital for the Mughal empire, was founded in 1569 by the emperor Akbar - sometimes tautologously known as Akbar the Great - the grandfather of Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal.
If the Diwan-i-Khas was for business, much of the area round it was designed for recreation. The Panch Mahal, a five storied building resting on columns, gives views across the palace complex and surrounding country. It backs on to the harem, and was intended as Akbar's pleasure palace.
|Panch Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri|
|Akbar's outsized parchisi board, Fatehpur Sikri|
|The Elephant Tusk Tower, Fatehpur Sikri|
|Solanky pays off the tuk-tuk, Fatehpur Sikri|
|Climbing onto the roof, level crossing near Fatehpur Sikri|
Delhi as we had started our journey with an excellent garlic chicken at the Chowra Chick-Inn, a short walk from our hotel, and thought we might finish it the same way. Lynne was particularly keen; it was the first time for days she had felt like eating. It was a good plan until we reached the door and found Thursday was their closing day. The hotel restaurant – something we generally try to avoid - seemed the only option.
Part 6 Allahabad (2) A Bit of Foot-slogging
Part 7 Lucknow (1) City of Nawabs