Another untrumpeted gem

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Inside the Jama Masjid

If Akbar's mausoleum is the fantastic hidden secret of Agra, then Fatehpur Sikri, just down the road from Agra, is an even better hidden and grander one. Just a short bus ride from Agra, this was the former capital of the Mughal empire in India, but it was abandoned shortly after its construction. The town contains the former palace and the mosque, both of which are in very good condition, as well as some outlying ruins, mostly bits of walls and gates.

We hired a guide to take us round the palace. We don't normally do this, but we thought we'd give it a try. It was a complete waste of money. He trotted out lots of useless facts, half which the Lonely Planet said were common misconceptions, and he rushed us round so we didn't get a chance to look at things properly.

Zoe in the Jama Masjid
Presumably he was concerned about getting another customer and making more money. Fortunately there was nothing to stop us going round again at our own pace, which we did.

The mosque is truly fantastic, and it has a very grand and imposing entrance gate. It is built in a very similar style to Akbar's mausoleum in Agra. We left the mosque by a back entrance and went in search of other things to see, which resulted in our walking though an area of little alleyways lined with housing. We got a little lost in all the alleyways, and at many points we got spotted by excited children who followed us around, and asked for pens. Eventually we found our way back out into a part of town we recognised.

We got the bus back to Agra.

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Inside the Jama Masjid
Inside the Jama Masjid
Zoe in the Jama Masjid
Zoe in the Jama Masjid
Inside the Jama Masjid
Inside the Jama Masjid
Palace complex
Palace complex
Diwan-i-Khas
Diwan-i-Khas
Main gate of the Jama Masjid
Main gate of the Jama Masjid
Street scene - Fatephur Sikri
Street scene - Fatephur Sikri
Me on top of the market gate
Me on top of the market gate
Fatehpur Sikri
photo by: joseph98