Monday, October 24, 2005

Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri was the main fort of emporer Akbar - perhaps the greatest king ever to rule India. It was spartan in comparison with some of the other grandiouse forts we came across, but, of course, we were quite impressed with the complex all the same. The structures were made of sandstone which gave the entire fort a red, somewhat surreal hue.
This is me (above) in meditative posture in the middle of Akbar's musical court. This is where musicians, artist, etc would congregate for performances and activities of the like.Here (above) Ted stands right atop of Akbar's bed. One had to climb a small ways to get to it, as it was something like seven or eight feet in the air and could not be reached from ground level.
This small alter above was one of various areas where Akbar would converge with different members of his court to discuss matters religious, political, and otherwise.
Crow With A Broken Beak . . .This Indian raven (above) got in the shot Ted was taking of me in Akbar's musical foyer, and . . . well . . . it actually seemed to make the shot better . . . so we kept it - broken beak and all.
This shot above I took of Ted while he was standing in front of Akbar's personal living quarters. Don't be fooled, that building is HUGE. Ted is standing about a hundred yards AWAY from it and on top of a big bridge that was perhaps ten to fifteen feet in the air. The front door opening you see of the building simply towers above anyone standing under it.

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