The third UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agra is Fatehpur Sikri. Located 23 miles from Agra and now described as a ghost–town, it was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the mid 16th century. When the British came in 1583 the city exceeded London in population and grandeur. Akbar ruled from here for just 14 years before moving his capital back to Agra, possibly because of a shortage of water.
Notice the difference between inside an historic site (above) and outside (below).
Massive walls enclosed three sides. A lake, now dried up, protected the fourth. The red sandstone buildings are remarkably well preserved because the city was never resettled or modified by later rulers.
We caught some “wildlife” napping!
I loved wandering through this site. The spaces are huge and even though there were plenty of other tourists, it felt like you had the place to yourself!